Gorham Family Dentistry | Partials in Gorham

Gorham Family Dentistry, P.A.

Edwin I. Giron, D.D.S.

High-quality, comprehensive dental care in a warm, relaxed and friendly atmosphere

18 Park Street, Gorham, NH 03581 

info@gorhamfamilydentistry.com | (603) 466-2323


A partial denture is used to replace missing teeth. There are two types of partial dentures generally used for this purpose:

Resin-Based Partial:

The part of the partial which holds the teeth and rests on the gums is made of acrylic or resin.  This material can be made in the same color as the patient's natural gum tissue.  Resin-Based partials are easier to add teeth to in the future, but are less stable than Metal Based Partials.  


Metal-Based Partial:
The teeth are attached to a metal base which sits on the gums and roof or floor of the mouth.  The clasps which wrap around the teeth are made of metal and are often visible in the smile.  A Metal-Based partial is generally more stable and longer lasting then resin based partials.

Appointment #1:  Initial impressions made of the patient's mouth to make initial models.  These models allow us to make a custom fit impression tray.  

Appointment #2: We use this tray to take a more defined impression of the patients gums at the second
appointment. This impression will be sent to the laboratory.  The lab will send back the part of the partial that will sit  on the gums (framework) with wax in place where the teeth will go.  

Appointment #3: The dentist will check to make sure the framework fits on the gums properly.  Also, the dentist will let the lab know how they will need to place the teeth on the framework in order for the patient to be able to chew properly.  The patient and dentist will work together to choose the size, shape and color of the new teeth.  

Appointment #4: At this visit, the partial has the teeth on it, but they are set in wax.  This allows the patient and doctor to evaluate the new partial and try it in to make sure that it is both aesthetically pleasing and properly functional.  If there is someone whose opinion the patient wants on the new dentures, they are encouraged to come to this appointment and weigh in.  Once this step has been
approved by all concerned parties, the partial returns to the lab to be finished.  

Appointment #5: The partial is placed in the patient's mouth and any appropriate adjustments are made.

Appointments 6,7 & 8:  After the delivery, a patient often needs to return for adjustments because the
partial will move as the patient chews and speaks and may cause sore spots.  On average a new partial
needs to be adjusted three times.  The 3 initial adjustments are included in your cost.