Partial dentures are used if you have several teeth missing that cannot be corrected with a bridge. A partial denture is created to replace those teeth. The partial denture is removable and is designed to fit comfortably and to blend in with any remaining teeth. This type of denture is made from a synthetic material that is supported with a lightweight metal. It mimics your gum tissue and teeth to create a natural-looking smile, while still remaining functional. Once the teeth have been removed, the partial is important for preserving the bone and for keeping existing teeth from tilting and growing in towards the gaps.
The most common solution for a missing tooth is a device called a dental bridge. A dental bridge is a replacement tooth that is attached to crowns that are bonded to the teeth on either side of the gap.