A removable partial denture is designed specifically to meet the needs of the patient and can replace one or more missing teeth. A natural appearance and speech clarity is restored along with the ability to eat more efficiently.
A patient’s specific needs and anatomy dictate the design of the partial denture and every effort is made to construct a self-cleansing partial denture that preserves the remaining teeth and oral tissues. Your dentist will design your partial denture so that the chewing forces are evenly distributed over the entire surface are of the remaining teeth and soft tissues. Changes to your remaining teeth may be recommended to help equalize these forces.
Types of Partial Dentures
Acrylic partials are typically used as a transitional or temporary partial. Your dentist will consult with you to determine the appropriate partial for your situation.
Metal partials are generally preferred as they are structurally superior. They are thinner and more hygienic than an acrylic partial.
Valplast partials are the latest in technology as an alternative to traditional metal partials. They are made of a flexible nylon resin with no metal, so they are a more aesthetic option.
Benefits of Partial Dentures
A removable partial denture may help limit movement of your existing natural teeth. They also allow you to better grind and chew food improving digestion.