Your Questions About Partial Dentures

May 13, 2015

Suffering from a single missing tooth or severe tooth loss can have a significantly negative effect on your daily experience and outlook on life. An open space becomes a huge stumbling block that affects everything from chewing your food during meals to showing others your smile. Rather than feeling the need to hide out and shrink away from the aspects of life that you love, we encourage you to learn more about partial dentures and how they may restore your smile. Ready to feel good about your grin again? If so, learn more about partials with the following question and answer session:

Q&A About Partials

Question: How is a partial different from a full denture?

Answer: A partial replaces one tooth or several teeth. However, a full or complete denture replaces a full arch of missing teeth. If you are missing all of the teeth on one or both arches, learn more about complete dentures. Otherwise, partials may offer you the tooth replacement solution you need.

Question: What kinds of tooth loss patterns can partials replace?

Answer: You may be wondering about this since dental bridges can only replace one tooth or up to three teeth in a row. When it comes to partial dentures, we can address most tooth loss configurations. This includes teeth in a row or missing teeth spread out from one another.

Question: How does a partial stay in place?

Answer: A complete denture relies completely on the suction created naturally within your mouth. A partial denture, however, relies partially on this natural suction and also on the support offered by its metal clasps. Attached to the partial, these clasps will fit securely over your natural teeth for stability. For just a bit more support, you may also use specially formulated adhesives that can prevent slippage. 


Dr. Brad Greenfield and Lake Orion Family Dentistry offers our patients access to the latest in holistic dentistry. You can visit Dr. Greenfield’s office in Lake Orion at 248-693-6213 to schedule a dental appointment for a dental implant consultation. We offer comprehensive dentistry services to patients in Lake Orion and surrounding communities.

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