Partial dentures make it possible to replace one or multiple missing teeth. With every missing tooth, basic things such as eating and speaking can become more challenging. And, an open-lipped smile often becomes forever lost.
There are many different types of partial dentures - also referred to as partials - to choose from, which makes it easy to find an option that will work for your needs - as long as you know about them. Let’s take a look at the 3 types of partial dentures to consider.
- Cast Metal Partial Dentures
As their name suggests, cast metal partial dentures have a metal frame and are a strong, durable option. They are, in fact, one of the most popular options. This is likely due to their ability to last for many years and still maintain their realistic, aesthetic appearance.
Some cast metal partial dentures have a metal clasp that clamps to existing, natural teeth. You don’t often see this unless you are smiling big or open your mouth wide. However, there are precision attachments that are preferred because the metal is covered up with the pink acrylic so they look more real.
- Acrylic Flipper Partial Dentures
The least expensive partial dentures on the market are the acrylic flipper. And, they just happen to be the least preferred, as well. Perhaps the reason they seem to get the boot is that they are thick and bulky. They are likely designed this way due to the lack of metal involved in their design, but it can be frustrating for those wearing them. The flipper in the name refers metal clasp that attaches to your teeth - and is visible when you smile or eat.
Due to their design, many people use acrylic flipper partial dentures as a temporary solution.
- Flexible Partial Dentures
Flexible partial dentures are designed with a material called Valplast. The material can be compared to soft nylon that is molded to fit the mouth, making them rather comfortable. And, they attach to the teeth with pink clasps so that they look like real gums.
These partials do not contain any metal and are lightweight. They are also pink and aesthetically preferred, too. One of the downfalls of flexible partials is that the Valplast material can stain easily.
This option may be used as a temporary or long-term solution.
Bonus Partials: Implant Supported Dentures
Depending on where you are missing teeth, dental implant-supported bridges and dentures are the preferred, gold standard option for tooth replacement. It only takes 4 to 6 dental implants to fix an entire arch, less for a bridge. There are no metal clasps or uncomfortable, thick acrylic. Instead, you have implants that look and function just like real teeth.
You will not want to select your partials until talking to your dentist about implant-supported dentures first.
Partial Dentures in Farmington, CT
If you are interested in learning about your choices for partial dentures - and how they can benefit your oral health - then the highly-skilled team at Dental Associates, LLP is here for you. We offer different options so that you can find exactly what you are looking for.