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3324 Promenade Ave, Suite 101, Eagan, MN 55121
(651) 452-5511

When are Partial Dentures Recommended?

Dentures can be likened to oral prosthetics as dentists use them to replace missing or lost teeth. There are two forms of dentures, partial dentures and permanent dentures, each with its advantages and disadvantages.

Permanent dentures are held in place by implants fixed deep into the gums of the missing teeth. The implanted bases hold the dentures firmly in place, and they make chewing, speaking, and smiling easier for the patient.

They require a more invasive procedure and prolonged healing time than partial dentures.

On the other hand, partial dentures are removable and temporarily fixed to the gum of the missing tooth.

The dentures have a plastic or resin base, made to look like natural gums with artificial teeth embedded in the base.

They are usually attached to the other teeth with the use of clasps and precision attachments. There are various types of partial dentures, from dentures made of metal and acrylic to implant-supported dentures.

Partial dentures are recommended in the following conditions.

An Urgent Need for Teeth Replacement

Permanent dentures require the prosthetics to be molded to the  exact shape of the teeth, thereby taking anywhere from six weeks to a few months before the procedure can be completed.

Partial dentures, however, do not require as much time from making to fixture. The dentist usually creates a denture that is worn regularly for a few days.

Consistent wearing helps to determine the spots that are ill-fitting and require adjustments. Hence, partial dentures are the right choices for you when you are looking for a quick fix.

A Few Missing Teeth

If only a few teeth are missing and a majority of the original teeth are still present, partial dentures are usually the best course of treatment.

The natural teeth can anchor the partial replacement with the use of clasps or attachments that hold the dentures in place.

The dentist can create a bridge with the crown fixed to the neighboring teeth to make the artificial teeth firmer and fit better. Using partial dentures helps in keeping the existing natural teeth safe and healthy.

To Allow for Optimal Healing

If a tooth is broken or knocked out, it is likely to cause an injury to the gums and root of the teeth.

These structures need to be adequately healed up before permanent teeth replacement is fixed. A temporary partial denture lets the injured part heal up sufficiently.

Nightly removal of the denture allows for good blood circulation, which aids optimal healing. The dentures cover up the exposed base to prevent infection and further injury, which could be caused by chewing.

To Serve as a Placeholder

Creating permanent dentures involves a relatively long process. The dentist first obtains a precise mold of your teeth and sends it to a laboratory.

A rough draft is presented to the client to let them finetune the details, such as the color of the base and materials to be used for the implants.

The permanent denture is then completed and delivered to the dentist for attachment. During this process, a partial denture can be placed in the mouth to allow the patient to have full use of their mouth while waiting for the permanent replacement to be completed.

After a short period of adjustment, the temporary dentures look and function much like natural teeth.

To Facilitate Adequate Adjustment

It might take a while to get fully adjusted to the presence of artificial teeth in the mouth. A learning curve is required to get accustomed to eating, talking, smiling, and oral hygiene with dentures.

A temporary partial denture can serve as a training device, allowing you to get used to living with dentures.

It can also help determine the final customization of your permanent dentures. You can experiment with different materials, fits, and attachments to figure out the one you like better. Whether you chose to later opt for permanent dentures or you end up keeping your partial dentures, you would be better adjusted to having a foreign body in your mouth.


If you are seeking a new dental home near the communities of Eagan, St. Paul, or Minneapolis, we invite you to schedule a consultation at our practice. Contact Gentle Dental online or call our office at (651) 452-5511.


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