Partial Dentures

Partial Dentures in Las Cruces, NM

Like a bridge, partial dentures rest on surrounding teeth to fill in the gaps where one or more teeth are missing. But unlike a bridge, partial dentures are fully removable by the wearer. Partials are affordable alternatives to other types of dental prosthetics and are custom-made to blend in with each patient’s natural teeth. It takes a little time to adapt to new partials, but many people find that they reclaim much of their original function and aesthetics with partial dentures in place.

Did you know?
Partial dentures require gentle care and frequent cleaning. Once you get your new partial dentures, you’ll need to:

  • Keep them moist at all times by soaking them in a denture solution when not in use
  • Gently brush your dentures daily using a soft-bristled tooth brush
  • Be careful not to drop your partial dentures, as they may break
  • Avoid exposing your partial to hot temperatures that could cause warping

Frequently Asked Questions

How much do partial dentures cost?

Partial dentures typically cost between $400 to $3,100. The cost is determined on a case by case basis and the number of missing teeth. For a more accurate estimate, it’s best to call our Las Cruces location at  (575) 523-5589 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Borham. At the appointment, he’ll examine your oral health and provide you with a more accurate cost based on your customized treatment plan. 

Insurance may cover a portion of the expenses. However, we suggest contacting your provider prior to your appointment to get an understanding of your coverage. We also offer financing options so you can immediately enjoy the benefits of a complete smile without hesitation.

What do partial dentures look like?

The appearance of the dentures depends on the type of dentures. Flexible partial dentures are made from a lightweight nylon material that looks just like your natural teeth. Cast metal partial dentures consist of metal alloy which acts as the framework and is covered by plastic which represents the gum tissue.  The type of dentures you choose depends on your smile goals and Dr. Borhams recommendations. 

Am I a candidate for partial dentures?

You may be a candidate for partial dentures if you have one or more missing teeth, and the space they once filled is surrounded by other teeth or permanent restorations. To find out more about whether partial dentures are right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Borham by calling (575) 523-5589. At the consultation, Dr. Borham will discuss your treatment options based on your smile goals.

What should I expect when being fit for partial dentures?

If you decide to get a partial denture, you’ll need to visit your dentist to have metal clasps attached to your surrounding teeth and an impression made of the area your partial will fill. The impression will be sent to a dental lab, where a technician will fabricate a custom denture that includes a gum-colored base to fit securely over your gums. A metal framework will be used to attach your new partial to the clasps on your natural teeth to ensure a secure fit.

Will I need to follow any special oral health instructions after receiving my partials?

Yes. Good oral health is still important, even if you have a few missing teeth. In addition to caring for your new dental prosthetic, you’ll also need to brush your gums and tongue twice daily to stimulate circulation and remove bacteria that could cause gum disease. 

Continue seeing Dr. Borham biannually for exams and cleanings, and be sure to bring your partial dentures along to each visit. After a few years, you may find that your partial needs to be rebased to better fit the changes to the bone structure in your mouth.