Are you in need of fixing a few teeth? Partial dentures may be just the thing for you. Partials are typically used by those who have lost only a few teeth due to a jaw related accident, tooth decay, or malnutrition. Having gaps in the teeth can result in food and bacteria forming in the empty spaces. Partials are useful for filling these in, thus preventing tooth and gum decay. In addition to this, partial dentures are useful for hiding prominent tooth gaps, such as the ones in the front of the mouth.


There are many different types of partials to choose from, depending on your unique situation. If you only have a few missing teeth, a removable partial denture may be the best fit for you. These are dentures crafted to fit over your remaining teeth. The false teeth included are designed to go in the gaps between. These can be crafted as a bridge that goes across the roof of your mouth, or it can be fitted to attach to your back teeth to replace any teeth you would normally use for chewing.

Permanent partial dentures are those that are attached to the teeth through different means. In most cases these include a metal or plastic clasp that fits snugly against your remaining teeth. In other cases, permanent partials are grafted to your jawbone through a complicated surgery that involves drilling through the gums to reach the bone beneath. As you can imagine, this procedure has a long recovery period involved and can be quite pricey, but for many patients, it's more than worth it.

Care for partials varies depending on the type. For example, cleaning removable partials is usually a simple matter of soaking them overnight in a specialized cleaning solution or washing them gently with mild soap and water. As dentures are incredibly fragile, it may be a good idea to invest in a good dentures case as well. As for permanent partial dentures, all you need to do is brush and floss as always.

There are many options for whatever your specific situation needs. Contact your dentist to make sure you make the most knowledgeable decision. Along with helping you to speak and eat better, dentures also help prevent the caving in of cheeks and lips that often occurs with significant tooth loss.