Recover Your Smile With Partial Dentures

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When you have tooth loss too severe to be treated with a dental bridge, then a more substantial prosthetic may be recommended. A partial helps those who need multiple missing teeth replaced, but who don’t yet require a full denture. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist talks about how to help recover your smile with a partial denture.

When to Consider a Denture

A denture is prescribed when you have lost several of your natural teeth, far too many to be addressed with a single dental bridge. You should have your tooth loss treated because otherwise, this limits what kinds of foods you can eat, and deprives yourself of essential vitamins and nutrients. You could also have trouble speaking clearly as well, and may feel embarrassed regarding your appearance. To restore function, health, and yes, even beauty to your smile, you may benefit from a prosthetic.

Crafting a Custom Partial

When you have several gaps across the arch of your smile, then a partial may be what we recommend. The denture contains new ceramic teeth placed into an acrylic base that looks like gum tissue. The teeth will be designed to look natural and blend with your smile. There will be metal clasps that connect to natural teeth and secure your prosthetic. But don’t worry, the clasps will be invisible when your prosthetic is in place. To create one, we take detailed images and measurements of your smile with digital scanning technology. The prosthetic is then designed and crafted in a special lab setting. Each one we create is custom-fitted!

Protecting the Rest of Your Smile

To protect your partial and ensure it can last for up to 10 years, you need to remove it for cleaning and soaking and following our care instructions. But you also need to take steps to protect the rest of your natural teeth. We will diagnose and treat the underlying issues behind your tooth loss, and from there you can brush and floss daily to prevent infection and disease. Avoid tobacco use, and also eat a healthier diet too. We also recommend a visit every six months for a checkup and cleaning, so we can monitor your smile’s health and address issues that arise quickly and in the early stages. We also clean the teeth to remove layers of harmful plaque and tartar buildup.

If you have any questions about our partial dentures, then contact our team today to learn more!


Our team would like to restore function and beauty to your smile again. To find out more about keeping smiles strong and safe following tooth loss, then please contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.