Questions about Partial Dentures

Not all dentures require a full new set of teeth. Dentures that replace some, but not all, of your teeth are called partial dentures. They attach to your existing teeth by covering and resting on the gums and bone in place of missing teeth.

Partial denture FAQ

Here are some common questions our patients have before choosing partial dentures.

What are the benefits of partial dentures?

Partial dentures are the safer choice if you recently had any teeth removed. Both full and partial dentures allow your mouth time to heal; to get an implant would take more time to wait for healing to finish. If and when additional teeth need to be replaced in the future, partial dentures can be easily modified to accommodate space for additional false teeth.

Important to many of our patients is that, unlike implants, the process of getting partial dentures fitted to your mouth is noninvasive. Since no surgery is required, it is faster, easier, and comes with minimal discomfort.

What is the cost of partial dentures compared to implants?

Partial dentures are far less expensive than implants because of the time and complexity involved in giving a patient a permanent dental implant. This is one of the main reasons why our patients prefer to start with dentures as teeth replacement option.

Are partial dentures covered by insurance?

Your insurance plan may cover dentures depending on your level of coverage. Check your policy details, and then call our office with your provider name and plan name ready. We can let you know if our office can partner with your insurance on your behalf to bill the company directly, and help you understand your policy details with regard to your individual health and personal situation.

Although we do not accept DSHS, Apple Health, Provider One, or Molina insurance, we do accept most other PPO insurance providers. Our team is happy to welcome you and answer your insurance questions.

Can you eat with a partial denture?

With a little practice, you should be able to eat normally, but harder foods or sticky foods may take more adjustment or need to be avoided completely, based on your dentist’s recommendation. Using a small amount of adhesive may help stabilize partial dentures to hold them in place while you become accustomed to eating with them.

Can you sleep with partial dentures in?

Yes, you can wear partial dentures at night, but because they are easy to remove, we recommend that you take them out before bed and store them in water for the night. Doing this will give your gums and bone time to relax from the pressure of wearing the denture during the day. If you need to wear your dentures for social reasons or to prevent discomfort, you’ll need to clean your gums and dentures with extra care during the day, and always remove them once for cleaning at least every 24 hours a day for good oral hygiene.

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