Partial Dentures

Berlanga Dentures

Denturists located in Tacoma, WA & Puyallup, WA

If you only have a few missing teeth, conventional dentures may not be the right option for your smile. To keep your healthy teeth strong and intact, the denture professionals at Berlanga Dentures in Tacoma and Puyallup, Washington, make custom-fit partial dentures. Partial dentures offer a stronger, more durable alternative to dental bridges. To learn more about how you can benefit from partial dentures, call Berlanga Dentures or book an appointment online today.

Partial Dentures Q & A

What are partials or partial dentures?

A partial denture is a removable dental appliance designed to replace one or more missing teeth. Partials don’t replace all the teeth in your mouth, or an upper or lower row of teeth like conventional dentures, and are used instead of a bridge for a more secure fit. Bridges are just the teeth, whereas a partial (denture) is attached to an acrylic base and fits securely in your mouth using clasps that attach to your natural teeth. 

Most partials are made from a combination of acrylic and metal, ensuring that your teeth remain strong while also looking as natural and seamless as possible.

Why should I choose a partial denture?

The main benefit of a partial denture is that it will allow you to keep your healthy teeth and replace missing teeth at the same time and will be more secure than a bridge.

Missing teeth can be a detriment to your oral health. Without the support of your full set of teeth, your existing teeth must do all the work and can wear down and/or shift in your mouth. In addition, this added pressure leads to bone and tissue shrinkage in your mouth, which can lead to a sunken appearance in your face.

What are the most important partial denture benefits?

Partial dentures are the best option for patients who still have plenty of healthy teeth. Not only are partial dentures removable, but they are also extremely secure due to the acrylic base and metal clasps that hold them in place. 

Because your partials can be removed at any time, it’s easy to clean your prosthetic and natural teeth whenever you want. If you lose additional teeth in the future, your partial denture can be expanded to accommodate those changes.

How are partial dentures placed?

Once your decayed teeth are completely extracted and remaining teeth have been repaired, your Berlanga Dentures professional takes impressions of your smile to fabricate the best-fitting partial dentures possible. While your mouth heals, your partial is created in the team’s state-of-the-art lab.

After your mouth fully heals, your denturist places the partial (denture) and adjusts it to suit your unique needs. Over time, your partial may need to be adjusted or expanded. Any adjustments you need are performed in the Berlanga Dentures office. 

For more information on partial dentures, call or book an appointment online today.



Dentures may replace all or only some of the teeth. The dentures that replace all the teeth are known as complete dentures and they rest on the gums that cover the jawbones. The stability and retention of these dentures can be improved by attaching them to dental implants. Dentures that replace some but not all the teeth are known as partial dentures. They attach to the teeth that are still present, and cover and rest on the tissue and bone where the teeth are missing. Dental implants can also be used to restore and stabilize partial dentures as well.

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