The Pros And Cons Of Partial Dentures

The Pros And Cons Of Partial Dentures

If you are missing some of your natural teeth you can benefit from partial dentures. These dentures are designed to have spaces for your natural teeth while filling the empty spaces with denture teeth. Partial dentures look just like your natural teeth and they give you a full smile, free from any gaps. There are two kinds of partial dentures: traditional partial denture and flexible partial dentures and both will help you speak and chew with ease. If you’re considering partial dentures, be prepared to reap the benefits while also understanding potential disadvantages so that you can make an informed denture decision.

Pros Of Partial Dentures

Can Be Turned Into Full Dentures
If your oral health deteriorates and you end up with fewer natural teeth later in life, your partial dentures can be adapted to accommodate this. Partial dentures can have more artificial teeth made as needed, and they can even be converted to full dentures. Converting partial dentures is a more economic choice than buying new full dentures since you pay for each denture tooth. 

If you are missing some natural teeth, you do have options other than partial dentures. For example, you can get dental implants. Although dental implants are appealing to some people, others don’t want to undergo the surgery and recovery process needed for these permanent teeth replacements. Partial dentures don’t require any sort of surgery and they are a quicker, simpler solution for many people.

Not Permanent
Although some people like the idea of having permanent tooth replacements, for others it’s too much of a commitment. Dental bridges can be used to fill the gaps of one or more teeth (typically no more than 4 in a row) by permanently securing the dental bridge to the teeth on either side of the gap. Dental implants are another form of permanent tooth replacement. Even though these options are available, some people don’t want permanent dentures. If you lose other teeth, these options may limit your ability to get complete dentures or permanent denture implants.

Cons Of Partial Dentures

Jawbone Loss
When your natural teeth are no longer in place, your jawbone will gradually shrink in a process called resorption. This is because there is no tooth root delivering stimulation from chewing, which signals to your jaw bone that it doesn’t need to create much support. With partial dentures, you still have some remaining teeth so jawbone loss isn’t as severe as it might be with complete dentures, but it will still occur wherever there is no natural tooth. The main way to prevent jawbone loss is with implants.

Because your partial dentures are being held in place using your natural teeth, it can put added pressure onto your gums and teeth. The fewer natural teeth you have remaining, the more pressure there is on your anchor teeth. If you feel as though your partial dentures are putting too much pressure on your natural teeth, let your denturist know.

Denture Care
As with all forms of removable dentures, partial dentures need to be taken out at night and soaked in water. This lets your gums rest while ensuring your dentures don’t dry out and become warped. You also need to clean your dentures regularly to get rid of bacteria and protect your oral health. Proper denture care is an important part of any type of denture solution.

Partial Denture Solutions In Calgary

Partial dentures are a great solution for people who are missing some, but not all, of their natural teeth. If you are interested in partial dentures, the staff at Future Smiles Denture Clinic can assess your tooth and gum health to ensure you are a viable candidate. Your denturist will discuss your partial denture options and ensure that you get the right solution for your needs. When you’re ready for your partial dentures, a mold of your mouth will be taken and your dentures will be custom-made in-house. To speak with the team at Future Smiles Denture Clinic in Calgary, you can visit the SW Calgary Denture clinic on Macleod or the NE Calgary location in Coral Springs. To book a free consultation with our Calgary Denturist, call 1-403-475-0016 or fill out the online contact form.


Q: Can you eat normally with partial dentures?
A: Because you are learning to eat with new teeth, we are inclined to say that no, you will not eat exactly the same way you did before. The good news is that dentures that are well made and fit you perfectly will allow you to enjoy most of the same foods that you did prior to getting them. It will take some getting used to, but practice makes perfect. To learn more about how to adjust to eating with partial dentures, read Eating With Partial Or Complete Dentures.

Q: What’s the difference between full dentures and partial dentures?
A: Complete dentures are a replacement for a full set of teeth when a person has no natural teeth remaining. Partial dentures are for people who still have some teeth remaining. Partial dentures have spaces for the natural teeth so that you can keep your own teeth and replace only the ones you’re missing. The framework attaches to your natural teeth for support and partial dentures often feel very secure.

Q: I’m looking for affordable denture solutions. What options do I have?
A: At Future Smiles Dentures Clinic, we know that Calgarians are looking for low-cost, stress-free denture payment plans. This is why we offer affordable denture solutions, including direct billing and financing.

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Vlad Dumbrava

Vlad Dumbrava has been active in the field of denture therapy since 2008. Upon receiving his denturist degree in 2011 from George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario, he continued his education in Medical Sciences at Western University.

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