If you are missing one or more teeth, your dentist may recommend a removable acrylic partial denture piece. A partial denture fits into your mouth to not only replace either one or a couple of missing teeth, but it will help give support to your lips as well as your cheeks.

As opposed to a full denture piece, an acrylic partial is made of a pink acrylic with plastic or porcelain teeth to fill in the open gaps of missing teeth. They are typically used as a temporary solution to help prevent the shifting of natural teeth while a more permanent solution; a full set of dentures or a bridge, is being made.

A removable acrylic partial denture is made the same way as other gingival prosthetics are made, by first obtaining an impression of your mouth and teeth. This shows where the point of contact will be between teeth.

There are multiple reasons that might indicate the need for a removable acrylic partial denture:

• Maintain space
• Use while tissue or gums heal after extractions or surgery
• Condition your mouth for wearing a full set of dentures
• Temporary restoration during further dental treatments
• Continue to live normally with biting, chewing and smiling

Removable acrylic partial dentures are easy on the structures of the mouth. Most people find them to be comfortable with no rubbing or grating against the gums. With a higher level of comfort and better fitting, this means less chance of gum irritation, inflammation, and sores.

Other benefits of the acrylic partials are:

• If teeth are removed in multiple session, more teeth can easily be added to the piece as needed.

• The removable acrylic partial is less expensive than many other dental pieces. At the end of treatment with a partial, you can dispose of it without throwing away a large sum of money.

There are some disadvantages to the acrylic partial that some patients may have experienced. A couple of the potential downsides to an acrylic partial denture are:

• An acrylic partial fits behind natural teeth, closely. This can cause the wear and breakdown of enamel on the back of the natural teeth, which can lead to cavities and other dental caries. This is more apt to happen if the partial is worn longer than the intended period of time.

• The stability of the acrylic partial isn’t as strong as a partial that uses clasps to adhere to natural teeth. For some, this may create a comfort issue.

Your dentist will work with you and help you determine which type of partial is the best option for you and your specific condition. If you are interested in an acrylic partial denture, pay a visit to your local dentist to see if one will work for you.