A partial denture is a dental appliance that replaces one or more missing natural teeth. The replacement artificial teeth are connected with acrylic to a metal frame which is attached to the natural teeth with clasps.Before having a partial denture made, it is very important to have the remaining natural teeth checked and x-rayed by a dentist to ensure that they are healthy and stable enough to support the attachment clasps of a partial denture.
A partial denture is essential if you have missing natural teeth for several reasons:1. It enables you to chew your food properly for good digestion.2. It provides lip and cheek support to prevent a “sunken in” appearance of the face.3. It prevents the migration or “drifting” of remaining natural teeth into the empty spaces left by the missing teeth, which results in the “tipping” of teeth and further compounds existing dental problems.4. It prevents over eruption of teeth.