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What are partial dentures?

If you have some remaining natural teeth but wish to fill the gaps left after a loss of teeth, then partial dentures an effective and natural looking alternative. A partial denture is a custom-made, removable prosthetic device, held securely in your mouth by clasping to existing teeth. The partial denture design depends on your remaining tooth configuration, but most are made of gum coloured acrylic or metal with artificial teeth attached. Either a upper partial denture or partial lower denture can be made for you depending on your needs.

Partial denture

What types of partial dentures are available?

Ongoing advances in dental technology continue to give candidates for partial dentures a plethora of choice. Whether you need to replace just one missing tooth or several, or whether you need partial dentures for the front teeth or partial dentures for back teeth, we can customise a solution for you. After our dental prosthetist assesses your individual situation and number of teeth to be replaced, you will be advised to consider factors like, wearability preference, durability of materials used, appearance and cost before choosing your partial denture. 
The types of partial dentures available include acrylic partial dentures, chrome partial denturesflexible partial dentures like Thermosens and the Ezifit partial denture. The table below shows the various types of partial dentures available at our Tweed Heads Denture Clinic on the Gold Coast.

Acrylic
Partial Denture

EziFit
Partial Denture

ThermoSens flexible
Partial Denture

Chrome cobalt
Partial Denture

ThermoChrome hybrid
Partial Denture

Acrylic partial denture

EziFit partial denture

ThermoSens flexible partial denture

Chrome cobalt partial denture

ThermoChrome hybrid partial denture

Standard or high impact acrylic Flexible, virtually unbreakable polyamide microcrystalline Flexible, virtually unbreakable polyamide microcrystalline Chrome cobalt base, high impact acrylic Chrome cobalt base, virtually unbreakable polyamide microcrystalline
Heat cure compression or IvoBase Injection processing system Vertex ThermoSens Injection System Vertex ThermoSens Injection System Chrome cobalt base molded and designed specific to individual mouth giving superior fit Combination of chrome cobalt base and Vertex ThermoSens ensuring the perfect fit
Full palate covering roof of mouth Allows palate to be exposed giving greater sense of taste Allows palate to be exposed giving greater sense of taste Allows palate to be exposed giving greater sense of taste Allows palate to be exposed giving greater sense of taste
Metal clasps Gum coloured clasps making them almost invisible in the mouth Gum coloured clasps making them almost invisible in the mouth Metal clasps Metal and/or gum coloured clasps making them almost invisible in the mouth
Can be easily relined and added to Easy to insert and remove Monomer and acrylic free Metal alloy conducts warmth and coolness allowing more sensation when eating Most hygenic
Most cost effective Best suited for 1-3 tooth denture Stain resistant Incredibly thin yet maintaining superior strength The 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?

Partial denture prices are as individual as you are and vary according to your choices and needs. However, given the investment you are making in your wellbeing, we understand you want some indication of partial denture cost. With this in mind we offer a free consultation to see a dental prosthetist at our denture clinic with no obligation to purchase a denture from us. A chat with our dental prosthetist after your assessment will address any questions you may have and allow you the opportunity to view our samples. A treatment plan and quote are included in this no obligation, free offer.

For more information, visit our Dentures Cost Guide or use our Request a Quote tool.

Item Number Denture Type Cost
721/722 Acrylic partial denture $700 (from)
721/722 ThermoSens flexible partial denture $1100 (from)
721/722 EziFit denture $1100 (from)
727/728 Chrome cobalt partial denture $1200 (from)
733 Vitapan teeth (per tooth) $55 (from)

*Prices are subject to change.

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What benefits do partial dentures offer?

The most obvious benefit of partial dentures is the way they restore your smile by filling unsightly gaps with replaceable, natural looking teeth. Our appearance and how we present to the world affect our self-perception and self-esteem. Having the confidence to smile and speak clearly without hiding behind your hand, is a huge asset affecting personal relationships and employment prospects.

But the benefits do not stop there. Beyond the aesthetic gains, partial dentures afford stability, stemming bone loss and preserving facial structure integrity which may be compromised when gaps are not filled after teeth are removed or lost. Whether a lower partial lower denture or a partial upper denture, your biting and chewing ability is restored so you can enjoy your food again.

Is a partial denture for me?

For most people looking to resolve the gaps in their smiles, regain their confidence and ability to eat with enjoyment, there is an ideal partial denture solution available. While some adjustment to wearing a removeable partial denture is necessary, any initial inconvenience is well worth the end result. However, removeable partial dentures are not suitable for everyone. If you have no remaining natural teeth then you will need a full denture.

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Who can’t wear removable partial dentures?

Removable partial dentures are not suitable for those who experience seizures because of the risk of choking. A physical or cognitive inability to remove the denture for cleaning and hygiene purposes excludes others.

Getting used to partial dentures

Getting used to partial dentures

What can you expect when you get a partial denture? Any change in life can be a challenge, so it is useful to focus on the end result – a beautiful smile and ability to eat what you want and speak clearly. Initially you may feel the partial denture crowds your mouth, making chewing or speaking feel a little strange. This is normal, but as you become accustomed to having a foreign object in your mouth, the opposite will be true – you will feel strange without your partial denture. Sometimes a new denture can rub on mouth and gum tissue causing sore spots. This is easily addressed. At Northern Rivers Denture Clinic, we reassure any adjustments your dental prosthetist makes to your partial denture are covered in the overall cost of your denture.

Frequently asked questions

What do partial dentures cost?

The cost of partial dentures is highly variable, depending on the complexity of your treatment, the number of teeth extracted, the number of teeth on the partial denture, and the materials it is made of. See our Cost of Dentures page.

If you take good care of your denture by having regular checks with your dental prosthetist, your
acrylic partial denture can last between 5-7 years. Chrome partial dentures should last between 5-10 years. The wear on a partial denture differs with each individual wearer. Dentures should be relined every two years to maintain a good fit which avoids any undue pressure causing cracks and breaks, common in ill-fitting dentures. If you break your denture, Northern Rivers Denture Clinic has your back when it comes to denture repairs.

There is a partial denture to suit everyone’s needs. Your dental prosthetist will advise on the
options most suitable for you and your circumstances. The choice you make will be governed by factors like the number of missing teeth you have, your wearability preference for one type of composition over another, and budget constraints you may have. See our table for a comparison of the different types of partial dentures.

If you take good care of your mouth and abutment teeth (those adjacent to your denture), your partial denture is unlikely to damage natural teeth. Excessive plaque build-up on teeth immediately next to your denture can cause tooth decay or gum disease, but with careful cleaning and flossing you can easily avoid this.

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How to insert and remove a partial denture

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