What Are Partial Dentures?

Partial Dentures: What Are They?

Partial dentures are removable and restore confidence in patients who suffer from a missing tooth to several teeth in the mouth. Not only does it restore confidence, but it also helps restore the function and form of the jaw and mouth by replacing the missing teeth with natural-looking partial dentures. Natural-looking partial dentures can be camouflaged among the natural teeth that are still present in a patient’s mouth.

Types Of Partial Dentures

There are various types of partial dentures, each catering to different circumstances. For instance, acrylic removable partial dentures (also known as tooth flippers) are considered a type of partial dentures. This type of partial denture is normally prescribed after a tooth extraction. Tooth flippers are lightweight and use a retainer with prosthetic teeth to fill in the space of the extracted tooth. Tooth flippers, however, are temporary and are meant to be replaced with a more permanent solution such as cast metal partial dentures. Since they are meant to be used temporarily, tooth flippers cost significantly less than other types of partial dentures. On average a tooth flipper may cost a patient anywhere between $300 U.S. Dollars to $500 U.S. Dollars.

Cast metal partial dentures are traditionally used and have been used for ages. These type of partial dentures uses metal clasps that attach to the crowns of the remaining natural teeth. They are rigid and the clasps may be seen when a patient smiles. Generally, cast metal partial dentures are made of both acrylic resin and metallic materials. Normally, the metal is made up of various alloys that include gold, silver, cobalt, nickel, and titanium-based alloys to just name a few. Because this type of partial dentures is considered to be a permanent solution, the price of this type of dentures vary. The price is dependent upon the type of metal alloy used in creating the framework and how much of the metal alloy will be used. On average, the price may range from above $900 U.S. Dollars to $3,000 U.S. Dollars.

Today, there are many innovations in the world of dentures. Flexible partial dentures in another type of dentures considered to be a permanent replacement for missing teeth. These dentures are light-weight and as the name indicates, they are flexible. So flexible that many patients can bend this partial denture without it breaking. In general, flexible partial dentures are made of nylon. Its flexible characteristic allows it to be customized to a patient’s mouth. It firmly “clings” to a patient’s gums without adhesives or clasps. Its base can be made to be light or clear in color, allowing a patient’s natural gum color to show. Many patients comment that using this type of partial denture is comfortable even while eating. The cost of flexible partial dentures can range from $1,000 U.S. Dollars to about $2,000 U.S. Dollars.


This age-old question always comes to mind when it comes to anything about healthcare, does insurance cover partial dentures? There are many factors to consider when it comes to coverage. One factor to consider is the reason why you need partial dentures. Is it because it is health related or geared more towards cosmetic purposes? The next factor to consider is the type of insurance you have. Depending on the situation, you may be able to have the procedure covered under your medical insurance and the dentures under your dental insurance. The best way to find out is to contact your insurance companies directly. Contact them and ask them about your policy’s coverage and benefits. Again, depending on your situation, you may also want to ask about coverage amounts such as specific allowance limits for the particular partial denture you choose.