Partial Dentures


A missing tooth or teeth due to having been extracted or never having been developed early in life can lead to problems. Teeth are present for a purpose. When one or more are missing the other teeth will drift causing a malocclusion (bad bite) to occur.  This can lead to difficulty in brushing and flossing which can lead to tooth decay and/or gum disease.  Also, one's facial appearance can be affected by missing teeth. The tissue can be sunken in, giving the appearance of being older. A third problem associated with missing teeth is in the area of muscle and joint pain.

The Solution:

Ideally the space will be restored with an implant or a fixed bridge. Sometimes, for economic reasons, these options are not chosen and the best choice then is a removable partial denture.

There are various options for removable partial dentures and all can be discussed with you before treatment is started. They do not have to look “artificial.” Metal clasps do not have to be seen when you talk or smile.

A removable partial denture fills in the space created by missing teeth and fills out your smile. A partial denture helps you to properly chew food, a difficult task when you are missing teeth. In addition, it may improve speech and prevent a sagging face by providing support for lips and cheeks.

Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases, which are connected by a metal framework. Removable partial dentures attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments.

Precision attachments are generally more esthetic than metal clasps and they are nearly invisible. Crowns on your natural teeth may improve the fit of a removable partial denture and they are usually required with attachments. Dentures with precision attachments generally cost more than those with metal clasps. Consult with us to find out which type is right for you.

A commonly asked question is "How long will it take to get used to wearing a denture?"

For the first few weeks, your new partial denture may feel awkward or bulky. However, your mouth will eventually become accustomed to wearing it. Inserting and removing the denture will require some practice. Follow all instructions given by your dentist. Your denture should fit into place with relative ease. Never force the partial denture into position by biting down. This could bend or break the clasps.

Below are removable cases that we performed in our office.

Conventional Clasp Partials 


Often times the clasps are visible when talking or smiling.

Side view of the clasp around a tooth.

Before treatment.

After treatment with an all acrylic partial with clasps. Serves well as a temporary.



Valplast Partial

View before treatment

New claspless partials

Close up view of the esthetic clasp


Cosmetic Partials

    Implant retained

View of the implant and attachment. Implant placed by Dr. Jill Bassett.

The implant is on the left

The inside of the partial. The implant portion is on the left.

View of the partial in the mouth.

Front view. Very cosmetic! Partial made by Keller Dental Lab.



The Bredent attachment is on the back of the crown.

The Bredent attachment is on the right.

The attachment is on the right in this photo.

Front view.


    Hadar Bar

Patient before treatment.

Two lower teeth were crowned and a bar connected them together.

View of the clip inside the partial denture. Crowns, bar, and partial made by Keller Dental Lab.

Cosmetic result!




© 2004 David W. Hammer, DMD, PSC