partial denturePartial Dentures

Upper and lower partial dentures can be removable or implant supported oral devices, custom-made to fill the gaps caused by missing teeth. A partial denture is made on a gum-coloured acrylic or metal framework that are retained by clasps to your remaining natural teeth. Some types of partial dentures are flexible and secured by gum coloured clasps to fill the gap. Implant supported partial dentures clip over a metal post implanted into your jaw. Unlike the partial false teeth of the past, with today’s technology, partial dentures look natural and are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.

What types of partial dentures are there?

There is a wide selection of choices when it comes to partial dentures. Your prosthetist will assess your situation and in consultation with you will advise accordingly. Factors governing choice range from the number of missing teeth you have, personal preference for one type of denture composition over another, wearability preferences, and of course the partial denture cost. Partial dentures are available as acrylic partial dentures and chrome cobalt partial dentures. There are also flexible partial dentures like the ThermoSens denture and the Ezifit denture. See below for an overview of the types of partial dentures available at our Tweed Heads clinic.

Acrylic Partial DentureThe EziFit Partial DentureThermoSens Flexible Partial DentureChrome Cobalt Partial DentureThermoChrome Hybrid Partial Denture
Acrylic Partial DentureThe Ezifit DentureThermoSens Flexible DentureChrome DentureThermoChrome Hybrid Denture
Standard or high impact acrylicFlexible, virtually unbreakable polyamide microcrystallineFlexible, virtually unbreakable polyamide microcrystallineChrome cobalt base, high impact acrylicChrome cobalt base, virtually unbreakable polyamide microcrystalline
Heat cure compression or IvoBase Injection processing systemVertex ThermoSens Injection SystemVertex ThermoSens Injection SystemChrome cobalt base molded and designed specific to individual mouth giving superior fitCombination of chrome cobalt base and Vertex ThermoSens ensuring the perfect fit
Full palate covering roof of mouthAllows palate to be exposed giving greater sense of tasteAllows palate to be exposed giving greater sense of tasteAllows palate to be exposed giving greater sense of tasteAllows palate to be exposed giving greater sense of taste
Metal claspsGum coloured clasps making them almost invisible in the mouthGum coloured clasps making them almost invisible in the mouthMetal claspsMetal and/or gum coloured clasps making them almost invisible in the mouth
Can be easily relined and added toEasy to insert and removeMonomer and acrylic freeMetal alloy conducts warmth and coolness allowing more sensation when eatingMost hygenic
Most cost effectiveBest suited for 1-3 tooth dentureStain resistantIncredibly thin yet maintaining superior strengthThe ultimate denture combining the superior strength of chome cobalt together with the unmatched fit, comfort and security of the ThermoSens material.

How much do partial dentures cost?

Determining partial dentures cost is dependent on many variables. Your prosthetist will help you decide on what’s best for you. He will assess your particular needs then give you options to consider. The table below will give you an overview of the partial denture price options available. For more information, visit our Dentures Cost Guide, or request a quote online using the button below.

Item NumberDenture TypeCost
721/722Partial Acrylic Denture$600 (from)
721/722ThermoSens Flexible Denture$1000 (from)
721/722EziFit Denture$1000 (from)
727/728Chrome Cobalt Partial Denture$1100 (from)
733Tooth$50 (from)

What are the benefits of a partial denture?

Partial denture advantages are greater than just serving as gap fillers, however. Besides the obvious benefit of being able to chew food more effectively, a partial denture can improve speech when the loss of natural teeth has impaired normal speech clarity. Partial dentures can also provide stability, preventing the movement of other teeth.

But that’s not all. There are additional, less tangible benefits as well. Personal appearance plays a large part in how a person perceives themselves – how they present to the world. Having the ability to speak clearly and beam a full and unbroken smile, can boost a person’s self-confidence and improve social interaction. This can have implications for employment prospects and personal relationships among other things.

Am I a candidate for partial dentures?

Partial dentures are the perfect solution for anyone missing some, but not all of their natural teeth. Most people can adjust to wearing a partial denture and they see the benefit of having a partial denture outweighs any adjustment effort they might have to make. But there are some exceptions.

Who isn’t suited for partial dentures?

There are some people for whom partial dentures are not advised. These include those people who may be prone to seizure, like epileptics who, for obvious reasons could be at risk of choking during an episode. Partial dentures are also not suitable for people who have physical problems that might prevent them from removing the device for cleaning. Nor would partial dentures be appropriate for people who are cognitively challenged and therefore incapable of attending to proper oral hygiene.

Adjusting to wearing partial dentures

Expectations play a large part in adjusting to something new, like wearing a foreign object in your mouth. Knowing that it’s quite common to feel some initial discomfort, can help you get used to your partial denture. In some cases, speech may be a little difficult. Chewing may feel strange. Just having a foreign body in your mouth may cause you to worry it with your tongue or grind with your teeth. This is all perfectly normal. The good news is, with patience and a little perseverance, you will adjust and no longer even notice the partial denture. Sore spots are common for some people when first getting used to a partial denture, but your prosthetist can easily rectify these by making minor adjustments. At Northern Rivers Denture Clinic, we include these kinds of adjustments in the overall cost of the denture.

What if I can’t get to your Tweed Heads denture clinic?

We recognize mobility can be a problem for some patients needing denture care. Those living in aged-care facilities or who reside at home but for whom traveling to appointments is problematic, need worry no longer. Northern Rivers Denture Clinic will travel to you. We now offer a mobile denture clinic for partial dentures servicing Banora Point, Bilambil Heights, Bilambil, Bogangar, Bray Park, Burringbar, Byangum, Carool, Casuarina, Cedar Creek, Chillingham, Chinderah, Clothiers Creek, Cobaki, Condong, Crystal Creek, Cudgen, Cudgera Creek, Dunbible, Dungay, Duranbah, Eungella, Fernvale, Fingal Head, Hastings Point, Kielvale, Kingscliff, Limpinwood, Mount Burrell, Murwillumbah, Nobbys Creek, Piggabeen, Pottsville, Pumpenbil, Reserve Creek, Round Mountain, Stokers Siding, Tanglewood, Terranora, Tumbulgum, Tweed Heads, Tweed Heads South, Tweed Heads West, Tyalgum, Uki, Upper Burringbar, Upper Crystal Creek, Bilinga, Burleigh Heads, Burleigh Waters, Coolangatta, Currumbin, Currumbin Waters, Currumbin Valley, Elanora, Miami, Palm Beach, Reedy Creek, Robina, Tallebudgera, Tallebudgera Valley, Tugun, and Varsity Lakes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a referral to have a partial denture made?

No, we welcome appointments without a referral - contact us today for your free 30-minute consultation and chat about your denture options.

Will people know I'm wearing a partial denture?

No, our life like dentures look natural and remain secure in the mouth.  After your initial speech and facial muscle training, you will talk and eat naturally giving no indication of wearing a denture.

Will my new partial denture affect my speech?

Yes. If you've been missing teeth, dentures will most likely improve your speech over time.  However, in the first 48 hours of wearing your new dentures, you could have difficulty speaking because your tongue space is slightly compromised.  You may have to talk slowly while you get used to speaking with dentures. During the construction of your partial denture, your speech will be checked by the dental prosthetist to ensure there is as little change as possible.

How long will it take to get used to my new partial denture?

Ordinarily, it takes around 30 days to get used to wearing dentures.  Learning to eat and speak again will take some patience.

Can I get a partial denture for just one tooth?

Yes, a partial denture with one tooth can be made. We have several options for a 'unilateral' denture ranging in price.  Materials suitable for a single tooth denture are chrome cobalt, acrylic and the ThermoSens material.  Check out our pages for the acrylic partial denture, chrome cobalt partial denture, ThermoSens flexible partial denture and The Ezifit Denture.  Check out the table above for more comparative details.

Can I eat with my new partial denture?

Yes. It is recommended to initially eat small bite-size pieces, to get used to having all your teeth again.

How does a partial denture stay in place?

Partial dentures are secured by using retainers (wired clasps), undercuts (parts of the natural teeth) and contact with the surrounding tissue.

How long will my partial denture last?

Depending on the care and maintenance of the denture over time, most partial denture should last between 5-7 years. Chrome cobalt partial dentures should last between 5-10 years.  All dentures should be relined every 2 years to improve the fitting surface of the denture. However, dentures can wear out due to normal use, and the shape of your mouth may change as you age.

Can partial dentures be repaired?

Yes. Most partial dentures can be repaired.  Sometimes, if the acrylic base has broken in two, the denture can be repaired without an impression.  However, most partial dentures will require an impression to ensure the denture is re-fitted snugly next to your natural teeth.

Can partial dentures be adjusted?

Yes.  Partial dentures can be adjusted by your dental prosthetist.  It is important not to try adjusting your denture at home as this can lead to irreparable damage to the denture.

Can partial dentures be relined?

Yes. Acrylic partial dentures and most chrome cobalt partial dentures can be relined.  We recommend having your denture relined every two years to ensure the fitting surface of your denture remains snug and secure to your ever-changing gum landscape.

My partial denture is loose. What should I do?

When your denture becomes loose and food starts to collect under the denture, it is a great time to book yourself in for a denture reline. A denture reline is a restoration of the fitting surface between your denture and mouth tissue. It’s an effective way to improve the fit and extend the life of your denture.

How do I clean my new partial denture?

To clean a partial denture, we recommend using water, pure Australian soap and a soft-bristled denture brush, twice a day.  To remove the soapie taste from the denture, smear a small amount of toothpaste over the teeth.  Be sure not to use toothpaste to clean your denture as it is an abrasive and will strip the teeth of their shine.

What is denture adhesive and do I need it?

Denture adhesive, otherwise known as denture glue, is a cream or powder placed between the denture and your gum to increase adhesion.  Denture adhesives are great to use on temporary dentures while waiting for gum shrinkage to occur after extractions.  This can take anywhere between 3-12 months. Denture adhesive is not the solution for ill-fitting dentures.

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