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Partial Denture Services

Partial Dentures: A removable partial denture or bridge usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is sometimes connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. A fixed bridge replaces one or more teeth by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the space and attaching artificial teeth to them. This "bridge" is then cemented into place. Not only does a partial denture fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from changing position. A precision partial denture is removable and has internal attachments rather than clasps that attach to the adjacent crowns. This is a more natural-looking appliance.

Here at Five Star Dental Lab, we understand that the patient comes first, and have a tremedous amount of experience fabricating partial dentures! On top of that, we are one of the very few local dental laboratories in the Central Indiana area.  Five Star Dental Lab is located in Peru, IN at the Grissom Aeroplex. Being local allows us the ability to do same day services that many of the other dental labs can't compete with.  We can do same day denture repairs, same day denture relines, as well as same day orthodontic appliance repairs and adjustments.  Having a truly local lab also allows us to customize many of our orthodontic appliances and retainers, which we feel is a huge value add to our patients.  Five Star Dental Lab is here for the denture and orthodontic appliance needs of the Kokomo, Peru and surrounding communities. Give us a call today at (765) 689-0126 to learn what Five Star Dental Lab can do for you!

Types of Partial Dentures:

Flipper - partial denture with no clasp for anterior teeth. A Flipper, also known as a "transitional partial denture”, is used as a temporary treatment after the loss of a tooth. For example, if you had an accident and came into your dentist with your tooth knocked out, or broken to the gum line, a flipper can be made quickly. We would take impressions, a bite and a shade of your teeth, send it to the lab and have it back the next day! This way, you have something to wear while final treatment is decided.

The flipper typically is made for the loss of a front tooth -- a thin pink layer of plastic will fit behind your teeth, with a clasp or two in the back teeth and the missing tooth placed where it is needed. They are fairly comfortable to wear for a finite period of time. Think of it like a retainer with a tooth on it!

Acrylic with Clasps - a mouthpiece made with acrylic with teeth and clasp that fits in the pallet. Acrylic partials consist of the denture teeth attached to an acrylic base plate. They provide good stability and retention due to the denture fitting closely and tightly against the gums and natural teeth, and the use of wrought metal clasps (retainers) to grip the teeth.

They are ‘mucosal borne dentures’- meaning they get support (resist chewing forces) by sitting on a patient’s ridges.Acrylic partials are often desired because they are the least expensive option, they are quick and easy to make, to change, and also to take in and out.


Cast Framework - metal framework cast major connectors, mior contacts rest seats and clasp. Cast Partial dentures are created from the most popular denture material in use, carefully handcrafted and cold-poured to the metal castings. Each one is unique and created just for you for the right fit. 

A second type of removable partial denture is constructed around a cast metal framework and is often called a cast metal removable partial denture. These types of dentures are designed to be longer-lasting and more comfortable for the wearer than a flipper design. The teeth are attached to a gum-colored acrylic base and are connected through a metal framework that is specifically molded to fit each patient.
Most cast metal removable partial dentures are designed so that the framework does not come into much contact with the gums. This prevents oral sore spots from chafing and rubbing that is commonplace with the flipper design. A cast metal removable partial denture may be attached with metal clasps that attach to existing teeth, known as abutment teeth. A dentist may need to re-shape the abutment teeth to ensure that the clasps are firmly secured, while remaining comfortable for the patient.
Other cast metal removable partial dentures use what is known as a precision attachment. The partial removable denture has a male attachment which connects to the female portion of the attachment on a crown in the mouth. A precision attachment eliminates the need for metal clasps which may cause damage to abutment teeth if not properly maintained, and are often visible and may be considered unsightly by some. 
Benefits of Partial Dentures: 
Better known as an artificial tooth appliance, a removable partial denture is often used in order to replace one or many missing teeth. The removable partial denture itself is attached to remaining teeth in the mouth with various metal clasps to keep it intact and secure. These dentures can be removed to allow for easy cleaning. The base of these dentures is typically made of either metal or acrylic. The gums of this appliance is made of acrylic and the teeth can be made from porcelain or acrylic too.
How Partials Work:
A professional dentist will design a pair that will best suit each patient’s needs. Removable partial dentures require soft tissues and remaining teeth. This makes having a thorough dental examination important to determine whether or not any dental work is required before the fitting for these removable partial dentures.
Partial dentures are typically made of a resin base where the artificial teeth are inserted. These are custom made by a lab with a model of the patient’s mouth. Conventional removable partial dentures are used in order to replace one or more missing teeth. The clasps used to hold them in place can be made of a resin material as well, which is designed to be less visible to the eye. The fit of the partial is especially important as it will affect the bite. A bad bite can lead to trauma to the gums and existing teeth. The fit also influences the look and the function too.
Pros of Removable Partial Dentures:
This is a less invasive procedure and typically has a lower cost than replacing teeth altogether.
They are easy to add to if additional teeth are required in the future.
They help to restore comfort when eating, chewing and even when speaking.
They improve the look of the mouth and gives confidence to those who have missing teeth
They protect the gums and oral tissues and prevent existing teeth from drifting into any gaps left by missing teeth. When this happens, food particles can become trapped, which leads to bacteria growth and even gum disease.
Most patients have no problem adapting to removable partial dentures as compared to complete ones.
There is a break in time when getting used to the partial much like anything else. Also proper brushing and flossing is required with removable partial dentures as they do increase plaque buildup and can lead to tooth decay.
Caring for Removable Partial Dentures:
Every night the partial must be removed in order to relieve both the gum tissue and teeth. They require good blood circulation and air to be healthy. Store the removable partial dentures in clean water. Place the partial in the mouth using the fingers and not by biting it. This can stress the clasps and lead to breakages.
Ultimately, removable partial dentures are a great option for many individuals with missing teeth. They cost less, they’re easy to adapt too and can easily be customized for each dental patient. Talk about a win-win!