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Understanding Partial Dentures

Aging, gaps, and other dental issues can cause you to require dentures. Dentures are an ideal way to repair and perfect your smile. When you use dentures, you'll likely find that they are extremely comfortable and convenient. For those that are interested in dentures, there are a number of options available. For example, partial dentures are a common option for those who do not need to cover the entire mouth. Below is an overview of partial dentures, how they differ from other options, and the expected costs associated with partial dentures.

What are partial dentures?

Partial dentures are dentures that do not cover the entire mouth. This type of denture works by filling in the gap and clasping onto the natural teeth in your mouth. Partial dentures are a great option for most individuals because dentists attempt to minimize the loss of teeth, and the use of such dentures enables dentists to simply fill in gaps where needed. The use of this type of denture is much like a traditional full denture. It is able to fit into the mouth in a secure and stable manner. Additionally, when you first use partial dentures, it may take you a short period of time to adjust.

How are partial dentures different?

There are different types of dentures and each type has its own purpose. The main types of dentures, apart from partial dentures, include full dentures that are either immediate or conventional. Full immediate dentures are used to temporarily replace teeth for a few months after full tooth loss has occurred. On the other hand, full conventional dentures are a more permanent solution and are meant to last a long time following tooth loss.

Partial dentures differ from full immediate and full conventional dentures, because partial dentures cover only a certain portion of the mouth. Partial dentures can also be used as a fixed bridge. A fixed bridge utilizes crowns on the teeth that are in proximity to the space by using them to help affix and hold a fake tooth in place. Regardless of which partial denture option you choose, you'll notice that partial dentures are generally comfortable, versatile, easy to use, and they look just like natural teeth. With partial dentures, your smile will be as beautiful and radiant as always.

How much do partial dentures generally cost?

The cost of partial dentures varies and usually depends upon the materials used when constructing your dentures. The three main types of materials that are used to make partial dentures are cast metal, hard plastic acrylic, and flexible plastic acrylic. Among these three options, the ideal material is cast metal. Cast metal dentures are extremely durable, fit well, and are not very thick. The price for cast metal dentures is anywhere between $1,000 and $2,000. The other two options are also good choices, but they are not as strong as the metal dentures. The price of both acrylic options can range from $700 to $1,400.

Last Updated: January 24, 2017