Different Types of Partial Dentures
Are you a suitable candidate for partial dentures? If you have missing teeth and are looking to close the gap, contact us to arrange a consultation.
What are partial dentures?
Partial dentures are designed to replace missing teeth, and provide support to neighbouring teeth by keeping them from shifting out of place.
Generally, partial dentures have appropriately placed retaining clasps which can be made of flexible metal or alternatively from flexible and colour assimilated material for aesthetic purposes. Partial dentures can be constructed in a combination of metal and acrylic, or purely out of the diverse acrylic available.
Depending on the teeth still remaining in your mouth, partial dentures may offer the most affordable solution for your tooth loss condition. They are also commonly recommended for patients who have lost a few teeth to tooth decay, malnutrition or a jaw-related accident.
Partial dentures offer many practical advantages. They are used to fill in the gaps to help you speak and eat better. They help to prevent your cheeks and lips from caving in – which is a common problem amongst people who suffer from significant tooth loss. Partial dentures also help to prevent tooth decay and gum diseases. Since the empty spaces left by the missing teeth may harbour food debris and bacteria, filling them with a partial denture can significantly reduce the risks of these common dental ailments.
Two main categories: permanent (or fixed) and removable
Either fitted over your existing teeth or under the gums, a fixed partial is commonly retained with the aid of dental implants. Designed like a bridge attached to the roof of your mouth, removal partials are held in position by clasps that fit around your existing teeth or crowns. Depending on the number and condition of your remaining teeth, your dentist would be able to determine the best type of partial denture solution for you.
Types of materials
Partial dentures may be constructed from a variety of materials, including: Full acrylic, full metal (cobalt chrome) as well as metal/ acrylic combinations. The choice of material depends largely on whether you require a fixed or removable type of partial denture.
Full acrylic dentures consist of the denture teeth attached to an acrylic base plate. These are the cheapest and easiest to fabricate. However, they are comparatively less comfortable or stable (least grip).
Cobalt Chrome dentures feature a metal base framework attached to an acrylic set of teeth. As compared to the full acrylic partial, Cobalt Chrome partial dentures are more comfortable to wear as they are thinner and more streamlined. They offer better retention and grip and a precise fit for optimum comfort and strength.
Partial Dentures in Caddens, Penrith
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