A Full Smile With Custom Partial Dentures

des moines partial dentures

When you have multiple gaps in your smile, and they’re spread out across your arch, this is a case of tooth loss too complicated for a simple bridge or a full denture. To help fill these gaps and return function, beauty, and health to your smile, your Des Moines, IA, dentist could recommend a custom-made partial denture.

Complicated Tooth Loss

When you have between one and three missing teeth in a row, then a custom-made dental bridge may be the best option for your smile. If you have lost all of your teeth, or the majority of them, then we could extract the last few teeth and secure a complete prosthetic. But for caws in between, in which there are several gaps across the smile, we could use a partial denture. Placing a denture prevents complications related to tooth loss, such as misalignment, jaw pain, and difficulty eating or speaking. If we support them with dental implants, this also preserves the structure of your jaw and prevents an aged appearance.


To create a partial, we first take detailed digital images and x-rays of your smile, so we can assess the extent of your tooth loss and design your prosthetic. The prosthetic will contain new teeth set in an acrylic base. The base will be designed to look like natural gum tissue, and the teeth will be crafted from materials like ceramic, which absorb daily bite forces and can be shaded to blend with the rest of the smiles seamlessly. For the removable options, there will be metal clasps that attach to natural teeth and remain invisible, but secure them in place. Removable partial dentures need to be soaked and cleaned regularly, and will last about 5 to 10 years on average.

Support with Dental Implants

We could use dental implants, inserting biocompatible titanium posts into the jawbone, and attaching the denture to them with abutments. This means they can stay in place for decades or even a lifetime, as the implants will act as new roots and prevent the loss of mass and density in the jawbone that follows tooth loss. You also never need to remove them for soaking either, and brush and floss like natural teeth. They also don’t slip, and, and still offer a lifelike appearance. If you have any questions about how to treat missing teeth with a partial, or whether you need a removable or implant option, then contact our team today.


We would love to help treat multiple missing teeth with a single prosthetic. If you would like to find out more about replacing lost teeth, then contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.