Partial Dentures

Partial Dentures consist of replacement teeth attached to pink  acrylic bases. A Partial Denture may have a metal framework and clasps that attach/ retain to the existing teeth. In some cases, a Partial Denture needs assistance with retention. You will need a Oral Health Certificate from your dentist for a clinician to be able to start your treatment. Your clinician will collaborate with your dentist providing you with your best options.

Over time, adjustments to the Partial Denture may be necessary. As a person ages, their mouth naturally changes bone and gum ridges can shrink. All adjustments should be made by your clinician. The type of Partial Denture needs to be considered for fit, aesthetics comfort and ease to add additional teeth.  A consultation with your clinician and dentist will determine the best options. Your Partial Denture should be checked and cleaned annually by your clinician.  It is also recommended to see your dentist for routine cleanings and oral health checks. 

There are three types of Partial Dentures you can choose from



Cast Partial (Chrome Cobalt Frame) 

  • An Acrylic Partial Denture is made with an acrylic resin. It uses metal hooks and clasps to stay in place without the use of a metal frame.
  • This partial denture is commonly made as a temporary or transitional partial denture but is also a permanent solution to filling in gaps in the mouth. An Acrylic Partial Denture may also be used immediately after an extraction to replace the missing teeth.
  • A Flexible Partial Denture is made with a thermoplastic material instead of the standard metal frame and clasps of other partial dentures. This material is designed to look just like natural gum tissue. This results in the most natural and aesthetically consistent partial denture available.
  • A Flexible Partial Denture is ideal for anyone that wants a natural looking replacement for their missing teeth without metal showing. This option is best suited for individuals that have otherwise healthy dentition, adding teeth and making adjustments are not as easy with the thermoplastic material as other partial denture materials.
  • A Cast Partial Denture is the simplest and most ideal prosthesis for restoring missing teeth. It is durable and rigid.  It is easy to add more teeth to this denture in the future. A cobalt chrome frame holds the fabricated teeth in place while metal clasps fit over the remaining natural teeth to hold the entire denture in place.
  • A Cast Partial Denture provides an effective and practical method of replacing lost teeth. This is an excellent option as teeth can be added to the denture. Cast Partials are extremely rigid, hygienic for the mouth and designed to last a long time. Like any denture, the Cast Partial Denture will help with chewing of food, and restoring a full smile. 

Partial Dentures

Our Registered Clinicians Create and Fit Partial Dentures to Your Requirements

We offer partial dentures for patients from Nelson Tasman and Marlborough regions. Our prosthetists specialise in dentures and cooperate with your dentist to ensure the best possible outcome. Discover our superior services and affordable prices.


Fast Facts: What are Partial Dentures?

Partials are artificial teeth that replace those missing in the lower or upper jaw of your mouth. The surrounding tissue or existing teeth support the dentures.

  • You may require partials if you have lost some of your teeth resulting from natural ageing, extraction, injuries to your jaw, periodontal disease, or severe tooth decay. A partial denture to replace the missing teeth is necessary.
  • We consider several aspects such as ease of use, comfort, aesthetics, and fit when adding teeth.
  • We start your treatment upon receipt of an Oral Health Certificate from your dentist.
  • Partial dentures require adjustments over time which we provide as part of our service. These adjustments arise due to the change in bone and gum structure as you age.

Partial dentures give you your smile back and enable you to chew your food comfortably. They protect your remaining teeth against weakening, shifting, damage, and avert the need to chew on only one side of your mouth.


Tips Regarding Different Types of Partial Dentures

Decisions regarding the type of prostheses you need – fixed or removable – depend on your budget, how many teeth you have lost, and your overall oral health. There are three types of partial dentures.

  • The acrylic resin option – without a metal frame – has metal hooks and clasps that keep it in place. It is temporary or transitional but can be a permanent fix to fill gaps. You can use acrylic dentures right away to substitute a missing tooth after extraction.
  • Flexible partial dentures consist of Valplast that looks like natural gum tissue. They do not contain the typical metal frame and clasps. It is the most elegant and natural-looking alternative and suits patients with healthy teeth. We cannot fashion additions or reline flexible partial dentures as effortlessly as with other materials. 
  • The Cast Partial Denture is an ideal, uncomplicated replacement as it is rigid, hygienic, durable, and lasts, and we can add extra teeth to this option. The cobalt chrome frame holds the substitute teeth in place while the metal clasps fasten the partial denture to your natural teeth.

We need to check your partial dentures every year, and our clinicians reline, repair, and clean as necessary. Visit your dentist regularly for oral health checks and routine cleaning.

Partial Denture Problems Our Clinicians Address

Each option has distinctive characteristics to consider, and you should remove your replacement when you sleep as your gums require good blood circulation and air to remain healthy.

  • Clean your partial dentures every day to remove food particles and plaque. Partials can cause oral hygiene challenges such as tooth decay in existing teeth, gum disease, and disturbance of the abutment teeth and gums if the partial moves around, slips, or puts pressure on those areas.
  • It may take some time to adjust to having the Partial denture in your mouth. Consider having the necessary changes made as soon as possible if you experience pain from metal clasps or if your gums become tender.
  • Flexible partial dentures are light and not bulky. They endure between five and eight years and have become a popular choice due to their comfort level. They are distinct from rigid replacements in that they are gentle on the gums, prevent discomfort, and stay in place when you chew.

A good fit avoids gum and existing tooth trauma and achieves evenly distributed biting force, function and look as natural as possible. Your partial should fit easily, so ensure that you do not have to force it into place. Let us help you by creating a good quality of life again.

About Wilson Denture Design

Our office hours are between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. We are available for emergencies and by appointment on Saturdays and Sundays and offer a mobile denture service to retirement village residents and rest homes in Nelson.

Contact us to book an appointment in advance.