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Partial Dentures

Our office can make you a partial denture if you have lost some of your teeth. Dentures not only replace teeth and make chewing and eating easier, but they can restore your smile and your confidence. There are a number of ways to replace teeth and most require several steps to ensure the best look and fit. Make an appointment and we can discuss the options that would best suit your needs.

A few common types of partials are flippers, acrylic partials, flexible partials (Valplast or Duraflex), and cast metal partials.


A flipper is best suited for replacing 1-3 teeth for a short period of time. For example, if you plan to have an implant placed or a bridge made in the near future, a flipper can serve as an interim solution until more definitive treatment can be completed.

Acrylic Partial Denture

Acrylic partial dentures are the most affordable option for definitively replacing teeth. These partials can be made relatively quickly and work well in certain scenarios. One advantage of an acrylic partial denture is that additional teeth can be added to the partial later. This is useful for patients with severe decay or gum disease, when future tooth loss is probable.

Flexible Partial Dentures

Flex partials (such as Valplast or Duraflex) work well for patients who find traditional partials uncomfortable. They have the advantage of being lighter in weight. They contain no metal frame or clasps. When made on the upper arch, they do not need to cover any of the palate.

Cast Metal Partial Dentures

Cast metal partials are the gold standard in partial dentures and are known for their durability and precise fit. They have a metal framework with attached tooth and gum colored acrylic. They take more steps to create and the lab work is more expensive, but patient satisfaction is normally quite high.

NEW Solvay Partial Dentures:

The Solvay Ultaire partial denture is a metal-free high precision lightweight alternative to traditional partials. The Solvay Ultaire is fabricated using 3D digital technology. No gooey impression materials are used! They process is precise and minimal adjustments are necessary. This is a great metal-free option!

Dentures and Partials in Roanoke

Complete Dentures

If you are missing all of your teeth or if all of your teeth need to be removed due to decay or gum disease, you may be a candidate for complete dentures. Dentures are not the same as your real teeth, but are a great improvement over no teeth at all. Compared to having no teeth, dentures make it easier to speak, eat, and smile confidently. Our office will take the time to assess whether a complete dentures are right for you. If so, our doctors we will work with you over several appointments to fabricate a lifelike, comfortable set of dentures. If you need teeth removed prior to having dentures made, we do offer tooth extractions at our office.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    How long can you wear a dental flipper?

    Usually flippers are designed to last 2-5 years.

    Is a flipper the same as a partial?

    Flippers refer to a hard acrylic type of partial that usually lasts only 2-5 years. There are other types of partials which are more durable and may be more comfortable.

    Does a flipper tooth look real?

    A flipper is designed to look like a real tooth. The tooth color and shape is selected to best match the adjacent teeth.

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