A removable partial denture usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or
gum-colored acrylic base, which is connected by metal framework that holds the
partial in place. Partial dentures can also be made out of complete acrylic bases, which
eliminates the need for metal in the mouth.  A partial denture is removable and
attaches to the adjacent teeth in the mouth.  Partial dentures are used when one or
more teeth remain in the mouth. A partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing
teeth, and prevents other teeth from changing position.

A partial denture is made by taking impressions of the upper and lower teeth.  We then
send it to a lab to construct and usually take about 10 to 14 days to make.  
Complete dentures can fit over the natural bone and replace all the teeth on the upper
or lower jaw.  Another option to attach a denture to the jaw with implants.  (For more
information on implants look under our implant section.)  Dentures are constructed of
a hard acrylic that have very natural looking teeth with a gum colored base.  

Immediate dentures are made before having teeth extracted, we take an impression of
the teeth and send it to the lab.  This way after the extraction is done the patient does
not have to go without teeth.  As the gums and bone heal, they will shrink down and
the denture becomes loose.  We will use a soft material to line the inside of the denture
so they fit more comfortably.  We will do this about every 6 weeks until the gums and
bone have healed completely.  Complete bone shrinkage usually takes about 6 months.
 At this point we take another impression and send the denture to the lab to have it
relined and then it will be complete and should fit with minor adjustments.  
~Dentures & Partials~
A person's teeth may be missing for various reasons.  It is important to your self image
and to your health that you replace your missing teeth.  Replacing your teeth will also
make you appear more youthful and you will be able to speak more clearly.  

A denture is a reasonable replacement for your missing teeth!  There are a few
different types and styles of dentures that you can choose from:  Complete and Partial
dentures.  Complete dentures is used when all teeth are missing, and can be held in
place by the patient's natural bone or implants can be used to hold it in place.  A
Partial denture can replace a few missing teeth by holding on to the surrounding teeth.
Partial Denture
Dr. Keith S. West, DMD
Complete Denture