A removable partial denture is usually made to replace one or more teeth, and is customized to a patient’s specific requirements. Removable partial dentures restore a person’s natural appearance and greatly improve the ability to chew and speak clearly.
Types and Styles of Partial Dentures
A partial denture may be tooth-supported or tooth-and tissue-supported. There are significant differences between theses two types of dentures. These differences are best explained by your Denturist. Some partial denture designs can even utilize implants for support and retention.
The position, stability and number of remaining teeth are only a few of the factors that help to determine what style or type of partial denture would be best for you. Partials can be made of different materials, including acrylics, a metal/acrylic combination or flexible thermoplastics.
Acrylic, Metal/Acrylic Dentures
Acrylic partials are usually used as a transitional or temporary replacement of missing teeth, depending on your personal circumstances.
The metal/acrylic partial, commonly called a cast partial, is usually a more rigid and permanent style of denture. The metal is either a highly compatible chrome cobalt alloy or titanium, which are both ultra thin, light and very strong.
The new flexible thermoplastics have the advantage of esthetics and flexibility, but may not be suitable for all situations.
All partials are designed to be removable and should be removed nightly to contribute to a healthy oral environment. With newer designs, materials and techniques, partials are more comfortable than ever before. Ask your Denturist about the many designs available, some of which have no visible clasps and are virtually undetectable.
Benefits of Partials: No Harm to Remaining Teeth, Oral Support
Properly designed partial dentures do not harm remaining natural teeth. A partial denture may prevent your natural teeth from shifting or drifting into the space left by the loss of a natural tooth. In fact, a partial denture may help maintain the position of your natural teeth by providing them with additional support.
With a partial denture, you’ll look better, feel better and chew better!