Partial dentures

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Partial dentures are a great option to replace missing teeth. If you are considering a partial denture, a full denture or even dental implants then you are likely already missing some teeth and may have others that are not in great shape.  Remember, if we can, we would always prefer to save teeth.  Even if that means we can only save a few to help anchor a partial denture on, you will be happier with the comfort and fit of the final result.  Nothing removable that anyone will ever make you will likely ever be as good as your natural teeth (unless you include implants and get an implant supported denture).  However, many teeth are beyond the point of trying to save them and that is why we have partial dentures.

What are partial dentures?

A partial denture is a removable prosthesis that snaps down on top of some of your remaining good teeth, which means you must have some solid teeth left.  These solid teeth will be the anchor for the new partial and it will be important that you take care of these teeth in the future so that your partial can still attach to them.  We traditionally make partial dentures with a chromium cobalt metal base framework with acrylic teeth paced on top. Newer materials have come out that allow for metal free partial dentures now;simply just scroll down to find out more about metal free partial dentures.

Partials are excellent for both upper and lower jaws.  Dentists will often work very hard to save a few teeth on the bottom or insist that you get some dental implants, as lower full dentures are pretty uncomfortable for most people.  It is pretty rare to find someone that likes a lower full denture, but lower partial dentures tend to be just fine.

partial dentures cost


Partial dentures cost

Partial dentures cost a little less than $2,500 per jaw for the metal version.  A little more for one that is placed the day the teeth are removed.   This is rarely done with partial dentures, though. Non-metal ones can be cheaper.

What if you do not have enough teeth left for a partial denture? Implant assisted partial denture?

If you do not have enough solid teeth left to support a partial denture then you have 2 choices. You will either go with a full denture or you will get an implant assisted partial denture. A full denture means that we will take out all remaining teeth on that jaw. For an implant assisted partial denture we will add 1-4 dental implants, but usually just 1-2. The partial denture will then snap onto the dental implant(s) that we place.

implant assisted partial dentures

Metal free partial dentures are available.

Chromium cobalt is the metal that we use for almost all partial frameworks.  There are newer products on the market especially for digital design. Ultaire AKP is a high strength polymer that can replace the metal.  Ultaire AKP is made by Solvay dental 360. Pekkton is another material that can replace metal frameworks but is more common for implant framework cases.

Another category of metal free partial dentures are the partials that lack a framework. DuraFlex, Valplast and tcs flexible partials are the most common example and my personal favorite is Duraflex.

Maintenance costs of partial dentures

Partial dentures will need a reline as you will continue to lose bone under the denture.  Ideally you will have this done every 5 years but people rarely do.  This usually costs around $200 to $400.

Partial dentures can break and sometimes, but not always, we can repair them for a few hundred dollars.  Denture teeth can break off and the cost to repair is also a few hundred dollars.

Denture teeth wear down and sometimes we can replace all the worn teeth. However, this is not a very predictable thing to do, because the teeth opposing the partial denture have adapted to the worn shape. This makes it nearly impossible to fix without fixing the opposing teeth as well.

You can lose more teeth, which a dentist can add to the partial denture for a few hundred dollars.  If you lose an important tooth that the partial is relying on then you may need to transfer to a full denture (costs seen below).

Can a partial denture go through a metal detector at the airport?

Yes.  There will be no problem with a metal partial staying in your mouth and going through a metal detector anywhere.  If you have a MRI they will take it out though.

Will I have a metal taste in my mouth from a partial denture?

No.  If anything you might have more of an acrylic taste.