What is a partial denture?

As the name suggests, a partial denture replaces one or more natural teeth. Partial dentures consist of replacement teeth connected to a pink base that resembles gum tissue. Partial dentures can be fixed (permanent) or removable, depending on your oral anatomy and health, your budget, and your aesthetic concerns.

  • Fixed partial denture: A fixed partial denture, also known as a bridge, is attached to either your own surrounding teeth or to dental implants. This is a good option for those who do not want to remove the partial denture for cleaning, but requires preparation of the surrounding teeth. Your dentist will advise you on whether this solution is right for you.
  • Removable partial denture: A removable partial denture connects to your natural teeth with metal clasps or a more aesthetic solution known as precision attachments. Acrylic partial dentures, also known as flippers, are the least expensive, but are bulky and generally suitable only for short-term use. Cast metal partial dentures use a metal frame that drastically reduces the bulk, and often feature very realistic replacement teeth.


Flexible partial dentures are an option for those who find cast metal or acrylic partials uncomfortable, or are seeking a highly aesthetic alternative, but they often have a shorter lifespan than other options. Your dentist will help you choose the right removable partial for you.

At Family Dental Care of Bellevue, we are committed to providing quality dental care to our patients and their families. We are proud to have been voted one of the best dental offices in Washington State. If you are ready to take the first steps toward improving your dental health, we invite you to call 425-643-5778 today to make an appointment for your initial consultation.