As you might be able to deduce from the name, a partial denture is a replacement for one or some, but not all, of the natural teeth along one arch of your mouth. Replacement teeth are attached to a pink base that looks like gum tissue, and may be either fixed or removable.
Fixed partial denture: Also known as a bridge, a fixed partial denture can be attached to your own surrounding teeth or, ideally, dental implants. This is a great option for those who do not want to remove the partial denture, but bridges attached to natural teeth can destroy those teeth.
Removable partial denture: A removable partial denture uses metal clasps or more aesthetic precision attachments to connect to your natural teeth. Also known as a flipper, an acrylic partial is an inexpensive solution, but is bulky and generally only suitable for short-term use. A cast metal partial is far less bulky and can contain highly realistic replacement teeth, but is more expensive. A flexible partial is more comfortable and more aesthetic than the other options, but is expensive and more likely to wear out quickly.
There is no single solution that is right for everyone. Your dentist will help you choose the option that best meets your needs, desires, and budget.
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