What are Partial Dentures?
Partial dentures are removable sets (or partial plates) of teeth. They replace missing teeth in a jaw that still has other teeth remaining. Partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, sometimes connected by a metal framework which serves to hold the denture in place.
Why are Partial Dentures Used?
Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth still remain in the upper or lower jaw. They both fill in the spaces left by missing teeth, and prevent other surrounding teeth from shifting their position.
- Anchor teeth are shaped.
- Impressions (or molds) are taken.
- The bite is measured.
- The partial denture is made and placed.