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Information for Wearers of Partial Dentures

Although we do not construct dentures at The Dental Junction, we would like to provide some information that will help you understand some of the limitations.
We strongly encourage you to have an examination by a dentist to ensure that your existing teeth are strong enough to take the increased load of a partial denture.

  • A partial denture is usually made from cobalt-chrome and acrylic resin, or, acrylic resin alone with wrought wires. A cobalt-chrome denture is far healthier for your gums, more comfortable, yet, more expensive than acrylic resin dentures. The major concern with these dentures is that should you lose another tooth, they are far more difficult to add a tooth to. Acrylic resin dentures have the advantage of being easier to add teeth to, however, they are far weaker and regularly break. They also cause considerable damage to the gums.
  • All partial dentures are kept in place by existing teeth. Of course, these teeth are now under greater load. It is quite common for us to see dentures held in by teeth that can barely survive on their own.
  • Should a tooth break or decay under a denture, it is rare that a filling can be provided that does not impact on the denture. In most cases, the only way to restore a tooth under a denture is a crown. These are expensive and difficult to construct, as they have to fit the underlying tooth and the overlying denture.
  • All partial dentures are traps for food. Partial denture wearers need to have meticulous oral hygiene to prevent decay from food trapped under the denture against the teeth.
  • Partial dentures should be relined every four to five years to replace bone that has resorbed under them. They should be replaced every ten years.
  • All dentures should be removed at night to prevent oral thrush infections.