Partial Dentures: What You Need To Know

Need to replace some of your teeth? We know that it can be tough to sift through the options out there. We want to offer a simple, concise guide on partial dentures and other teeth replacement options out there so you know exactly what you’re getting into.


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Removable Partial Dentures

Removable partial dentures are a teeth replacement option that is used for those missing some of their teeth. They’re used often because they’re easy to remove for cleaning. They typically have replacement teeth fixed to a durable acrylic base that matches the color of your gums. Partial dentures often have some form of clasp that attaches to your natural teeth so that they stay in place.


Partial dentures are meant to be removed when you go to sleep. You’ll use a denture-specific solution to soak your dentures so they keep the shape of your mouth. While they are a relatively good solution for teeth replacement, partial dentures often take some time to get used to. They’ll usually feel strange at first, but know that you’ll adjust to the feeling.

It takes some time to master the procedure for putting in and taking out a removable partial denture. For the first few it may feel odd or tight, but don’t worry, in time you will get used to it. Never force it into place by biting down. This can bend or break the clasp. If you have a problem with your partial dentures, visit with your dentist.

Your removable partial denture is not intended to be worn 24 hours a day. Your dentist may recommend that you take them out at bedtime and put back in when you wake up. It is very important to keep your partial denture in water or denture soaking solution when you are not wearing it. Do not let it dry out because it can lose its shape. If your partial denture is left out of your mouth for an extended period, there is a possibility that your teeth can shift of move. If this happens, your partial denture will not fit properly.

Advantages of Removable Partial Dentures

  1. Removable partial dentures are usually less expensive than fixed bridges or implants when multiple teeth need to be replaced.
  2. Teeth next to space do not need to be prepared.
  3. Removable partial dentures can be removed for cleaning.

Disadvantages of Removable Partial Dentures

  1. Removable partial dentures can be less stable than other choices.
  2. They can break or be lost.
  3. Removable partial dentures may take longer to get used to wearing.Several appointments may be needed to achieve an ideal fit.
  4. Some people are embarrassed to take out their teeth at night and for cleaning.
  5. Removable partial dentures may need more frequent replacements than implants or a fixed bridge.

Metal-Based Partial Dentures

Some partials are made with a cobalt base. These kinds of dentures sit atop natural teeth and are attached with acryclic material. Retention and stability of these partials come from the metal’s attachment to your natural teeth. After careful planning and preparation, your dentists will prepare a metal denture that resists the forces of your mouth, made of cobalt chrome.

Advantages of Metal-Based Partials

  1. Cobalt chrome partial dentures are the most comfortable to wear, since they grip your mouth very effectively.
  2. They fit precisely into your mouth.
  3. These dentures are incredibly durable, since they’re made out of metal.
  4. They can be tightened to increase the grip to your mouth.
  5. Ultimately the most hygienic set of the bunch, metal-based partials are less likely to attract bad bacteria.

Disadvantages of Metal-Based Partials

  1. Right off the bat, metal-based partials can be quite a bit more expensive than other options.
  2. Simple changes to the denture become more complicated with metal-based partials.
  3. They’re more difficult to make perfectly.

Are metal-based partials a good option for me?

Metal-based partials tend to be the best option for those with unchanging mouths, where suitable natural teeth are available to anchor the denture. Those with a significant gag reflex benefit from metal-based partials because of their size.

Flexible Partial (Metal-Free) Dentures

As an alternative to traditional sets of removable partial dentures, we also offer Valplast and Flexible brand flexible partial dentures. With flexi-dentures, teeth are held to a more flexible denture base. They’re completely metal-free and offer a similar stability to more traditional partial dentures.

Advantages of Flexible Partial Dentures

  1. Flexi-dentures are completely metal-free.
  2. It’s easier for most to become comfortable with flexi-dentures.
  3. They’re smaller than acrylic dentures.
  4. They grip to your teeth more effectively.
  5. Aesthetically, flexi-dentures blend really well with your gums.
  6. They’re virtually indestructible.

Disadvantages of Flexible Partial Dentures

  1. Flexi-dentures are usually more expensive than their acrylic counterparts.
  2. They’re tougher to keep clean.
  3. While flexible partial dentures stay in more effectively, they can be more difficult to remove.
  4. They may need to cover up the palate to fill in the gaps, which can be very uncomfortable for some.

Are metal-free flexible partial dentures are a good option for me?

While it can be difficult in any situation to know which options are best, the easiest way to know is to speak with your dentist. We offer free consultations, or you can give us a call to talk through your options. Otherwise, the best candidates for metal-free dentures are those who primarily have back teeth to replace, need metal-free alternatives to dentures, or who have limited muscle control in their mouths.

Adjusting to Dentures

Whether you have partial or complete dentures, it’ll take time for you to get used to them. Every type of denture takes some getting used to, as it’s a huge alteration to your teeth. You’ll notice a difference over time, but it will feel uncomfortable at first, just like any dental implant or tooth replacement solution. Day by day you will notice a difference, but initially, it will feel awkward. Eating and talking will probably feel the most challenging at first. Some patients feel they have a lisp at first. Your tongue must adjust to the new feeling of the denture so it may take a little time for you to find your new normal. Eating may also be a bit more challenging at first, so start out with soft foods until you get the hang of it. With practice though, you will adjust to your new denture in time.

“What is the cost of partial dentures in Lincoln, NE?”

The cost of partial dentures depends on many factors, including the type of partial denture you need. The best way to learn about the price of partial dentures is to schedule a free consultation so our dentists can see exactly what you need.

Part of our commitment to good oral health is ensuring affordable dentistry for all. We’re able to offer low-cost dentistry to anyone with or without insurance thanks to our partners at Lincoln Dental Plans. To learn more, follow the link to their website.

Looking for a more permanent solution than partial dentures?

Our implant dentures are a great option for replacing teeth. Find out here.


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