When to Consider Partial Dentures

Contrary to popular belief, dentures come in several varieties, and they can replace just one tooth or all of them. But why choose partial dentures over other tooth replacement options?

Our team at South Bay Prosthodontics in Torrance, California, specializes in oral restorations and repairs. When you come to us, we can help improve the look and function of your gums, teeth, and mouth. If you have missing teeth, here are a few reasons to consider partial dentures.

Denture basics

There are different styles of dentures, but they share a common goal: replacing missing teeth.

As the name implies, “full dentures” replace all of the teeth in your upper or lower jaw, while partial dentures replace lesser numbers of teeth. Full dentures attach to a flesh-colored acrylic base that fits over your gums. Most partial dentures rely on a metal framework with clips or clasps that latch to your surrounding teeth.

In most cases, you remove full or partial dentures at the end of the day. This gives you the chance to clean your artificial teeth and mouth thoroughly. However, we also offer implant-supported dentures, which usually stay in place unless removed by a prosthodontist.

Why choose partial dentures

There are numerous reasons to replace missing teeth, perhaps the most obvious being to restore your smile. But it’s equally important for maintaining chewing and speaking function, jawbone integrity, and oral health. 

However, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for replacing missing teeth. That’s why we offer several replacement options, including bridges and dental implants. Sometimes, however, partial dentures provide the best results.


Bridges are similar to partial dentures and offer a great solution when you are missing only a few teeth. Like partial dentures, bridges have a support system to hold artificial teeth in place. However, bridges often get secured in your mouth permanently, while partial dentures are typically removable.

You can also use a partial denture to replace teeth on both sides of your mouth, but bridges only restore teeth in one area.

Dental implants

Implants are an industry favorite for replacing missing teeth. That’s because the surgical post gets anchored in your jaw, so they also replace your lost tooth root beneath the gumline. Not only does this offer the most secure and natural toothlike results, but the implant post also stimulates bone production in the jaw.

While implants are a highly effective solution, they require plenty of healthy jawbone for successful implantation. It also takes several months for the post to fuse into place. There are no jawbone limitations or healing times when you choose partial removable dentures.

Partial dentures

You can use partial dentures as a replacement solution anywhere in your mouth, including front or back teeth. And, as we mentioned above, you can even replace missing teeth from multiple locations with one device.

Do you have missing teeth? Find the perfect tooth replacement for you. Contact South Bay Prosthodontics to schedule a comprehensive evaluation by calling 310-378-9261.

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