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.
Benefits of Partials
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!
Types and Styles of Partials
A partial denture may be tooth-supported or tooth and tissue supported. There are significant differences between these two types of dentures.
The number of teeth remaining, the position and the stability of the 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 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, both of which are ultra-thin and light and very strong. The new flexible thermoplastics have the advantage of aesthetics and flexibility.
With newer designs, materials and techniques, partials are more comfortable than ever before.
All partials are designed to be removable and should be removed nightly to contribute to a healthy oral environment.