Before and After Partial Denture Dilemma


Do you hesitate to smile in public because of that missing tooth. Yes, Missing teeth can lower your self-confidence and quality of life. You are always feel self conscious eating, speaking, and smiling. Fortunately, there are many options available to replace missing teeth and one of those are partial dentures. Partial dentures are removable appliances that can replace one or several missing teeth. They can be used in both the upper and lower jaws and can improve your appearance and add confidence to smile

In this article you going to read about the benefits of partial dentures, the process of getting them, before and after partial denture procedure and FAQ’s

Benefits of Partial Dentures:

Partial dentures offer many benefits for individuals with missing teeth, including:

  • Improved Appearance: Partial dentures can improve your smile by filling in gaps caused by missing teeth. They can also help support your facial muscles, preventing the sagging and aging effects that can occur when teeth are missing.
  • Improved Oral Health: Partial dentures can help prevent further tooth loss by distributing the forces in your mouth evenly. This helps to reduce the stress on your remaining teeth, preventing them from becoming loose or falling out.
  • Improved Functionality: Partial dentures can improve your ability to chew and speak properly which ultimately improve your quality of life, allowing you to enjoy your favorite foods and communicate more clearly.

Process of Getting Partial Dentures:

Getting partial dentures involves several steps, including:

  • Consultation: The first step is to schedule a consultation with a dentist. During the consultation, the dentist will examine your mouth, take x-rays and impressions of your teeth, and discuss your treatment options.
  • Treatment Plan: Based on your consultation, the dentist will create a treatment plan that outlines the type of partial denture that is best for your needs. They will also discuss the cost of the procedure and the expected timeline for completion.
  • Fitting: Once the treatment plan is in place, the dentist will take another set of impressions of your mouth. These impressions will be used to create a custom partial denture that fits your mouth perfectly.
  • Adjustments: After your partial denture is created, you will need to return to the dentist for adjustments. The dentist will make sure that the denture fits properly and is comfortable to wear.

What to Expect Before and After Getting Partial Dentures:

Before getting partial dentures, you may need to have some teeth extracted to make room for the denture. On average it takes 6-9 weeks for procedure to complete. Duration of procedure may increase or decrease based on multiple factors such as lab turn around time, location of missing teeth, anatomy of mouth, decay and type of injury. For the weeks the procedure is in progress, you may experience some discomfort and swelling, but its temporary.

After getting your partial denture, it may take some time to get used to wearing it. Some soreness or irritation in your mouth is common, consult your dentist if its stays after few days. To ensure that it lasts for years, You should also follow your dentist’s instructions on how to care for your denture.


  • Q: What are the advantages and disadvantages of acrylic partial dentures?
    A: Acrylic partial dentures are less expensive than cast metal partial dentures and can be made more quickly. They are also easier to adjust if necessary. However, acrylic partial dentures are not as strong as cast metal partial dentures and may need to be replaced more frequently. Additionally, acrylic partial dentures can be bulkier and less comfortable than cast metal partial dentures.
  • Q: How much do partial dentures cost?
    A: The cost of partial dentures can vary widely depending on the type of denture and the materials used. Dental discounts and offer. Where are you getting it from e.g. its cheaper than the market if you get it done from dental school. Cast metal partial dentures are costlier and ranging from $2,500 – $7,000, while acrylic partial dentures are comparatively cheaper and should be available under 1500. However, insurance may cover some or all of the cost of partial dentures, and financing options may be available.
  • Q: Does insurance cover the cost of partial dentures?
    A: Many dental insurance plans cover a portion of the cost of partial dentures, but coverage varies widely depending on the plan. Check with your insurance provider ,what is covered under your plan.
  • Q: Are financing options available for partial dentures?
    A: Yes, many dental offices offer financing options for partial dentures, such as payment plans or credit lines. It is important to discuss financing options with your dentist before getting partial dentures.
  • Q: What are the risks and complications associated with getting partial dentures?
    A: Some common risks and complications associated with partial dentures include irritation and soreness or may be sensitivity in the mouth initially for few days. Partial dentures can also potentially damage remaining teeth if not properly fitted or maintained. Additionally, partial dentures can cause bone loss in the jaw over time, which can affect the fit of the dentures and your dentist may have to send it to lab for adjustments
  • How long does it take to get partial dentures?
    It takes multiple weeks. However, various factors comes into play for the procedure e.g. location of the teeth, injury type, lab turnaround time etc.
  • How do I care for my partial denture?
    To care for your partial denture, you should remove it each night and clean it thoroughly with a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture cleaner which is available over the counter
  • Is the procedure painful or uncomfortable?
    No its not painful but before getting partial dentures, you may need to have some teeth extracted, which can take a few weeks to heal. After getting your partial denture, it may take some time to adjust to wearing it, and you may experience some soreness or irritation in your mouth.
  • Q: What are partial dentures, and what types are available?
    A: Partial dentures are removable dental prostheses that replace missing teeth. There are two main types of partial dentures: cast metal and acrylic. Cast metal partial dentures are made of a metal alloy and are the most durable and expensive option. Acrylic partial dentures are made of a lightweight plastic material and are less expensive but less durable. Both types can be designed to match the color of your natural teeth and provide a comfortable fit.
  • Q: What are the advantages and disadvantages of cast metal partial dentures?
    A: The main advantage of cast metal partial dentures is their strength and durability. They are less likely to break or need adjustment than acrylic partial dentures. Additionally, cast metal partial dentures are thinner and less bulky than acrylic partial dentures, making them more comfortable to wear. However, cast metal partial dentures are more expensive than acrylic partial dentures and can be more noticeable due to the metal framework.

Article reviewed by: Dr. Nangia DDS


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