The replacement of missing teeth is an important part of maintaining a healthy smile. When teeth are missing, the remaining teeth can change position, drifting into the empty surrounding space. Teeth that are out of position can damage oral tissues. Cleaning thoroughly betweencrooked teeth may be difficult, increasing the risk of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease which can, in turn, lead to the loss of additional teeth.
A partial denture is a removable appliance that replaces missing teeth. It is held in place by your existing teeth. It is important that these teeth be healthy in order to support your partial; often they may need treatment prior to making the partial.
A removable partial denture can fill the gap left by missing teeth and improve your smile. A partial denture can be made of acrylic resin, metal, or a combination of the two.