What Is A Partial Denture?

When we lose a small number of teeth, a bridge or single tooth dental implant is often a preferred solution. If you lost most of your teeth or all of them, then we may use a full denture. But what if you lose several teeth, with gaps spread out across your smile? In these situations, your Livonia, MI, dentist may suggest a partial denture.

Addressing Your Advanced Tooth Loss

When we lose our teeth, these gaps could cause remaining teeth to drift from position. The resulting misalignment is not only harmful to our smile’s appearance, but also increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Missing teeth also place serious pressure on the jaw joints and could upset bite balance, increasing the risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism, jaw joint disorders linked to headaches, jaw pain, and in some cases, damaged teeth. Many could also have trouble eating their favorite foods, depriving themselves of nutrients by being forced to subsist mainly on soft foods, and could experience difficulties speaking clearly. Addressing your gaps could help protect your smile’s health, beauty, and ability to function properly.

Creating Your New Prosthetic

To begin, we will take a series of detailed impressions and images of your smile, employing these images to design and craft a prosthetic. The partial will contain new teeth set in an acrylic base. There will be a metal clasp or clasps that attach to natural teeth and secure your denture. The prosthetic is removable and will need to be cleaned and soaked. After about 5 to 10 years, they will need replacement as the jaw ridge will change shape over time. Once in place, your dentures will return your ability to eat a greater variety of foods, and your ability to smile with confidence and speak clearly!

Ensuring a Lifelike Appearance

The base is designed to mimic the appearance of gum tissue, and we craft the teeth from materials like ceramic, which not absorb bite forces, but are translucent, stain-resistant, and can be shaded to match the color of surrounding teeth. We want you to smile with confidence and enjoy new teeth that look and function like natural ones. If you have lost one or several teeth, contact our team. We will examine your smile and choose the most appropriate option to address your missing teeth and return your smile to its optimal state. If you have any questions or concerns, then please contact our team today.


Don’t let tooth loss lead to serious problems for your smile’s health and beauty. For more information on our custom prosthetics, or to schedule a consultation, call the office of James Stewart, DDS in Livonia, MI, today at (734) 425-4400.