Partial dentures are an option for individuals who have one or more broken, missing, or damaged teeth, but the majority of their remaining teeth are still strong and healthy. Healthy and natural teeth should never be removed, and partial dentures can help restore your smile and eating ability while leaving your remaining teeth intact.
You must know, however, that not all partial dentures are the same. Here are five types that are commonly used:
Metal Frame Dentures
These are the most commonly used partial dentures. They consist of high-quality false teeth on a cast metal frame, which is attached to existing natural teeth using a metal clasp or precision attachments. They can last for many years if cared for properly.
Acrylic Base Dentures
Acrylic dentures are also known as “flippers”, and are generally used as temporary dentures until a more permanent set of teeth are fixed. They are also the cheapest dentures, as compared to other partial dentures.
The teeth are attached to a pink acrylic base, which is thick in order to prevent the teeth from breaking. The base is attached to natural teeth using a metal clasp.
The thickness of the base often causes problems in speech, which is why it is not preferred as a permanent dental solution.
Flexible Partial Dentures
Flexible partial dentures are made from thinner plastic that functions as base. They are generally considered a better option when compared to metal frame and acrylic, as they are lighter and thinner.
They are attached to the teeth using thin, flesh-colored clasps, which make them look completely natural. They are also considered a temporary solution, but some patients are able to wear them for many years without any problems.
As the name suggests, these are not removable. They are a great option for those who have one or more teeth that need replacement, with natural healthy teeth on both sides.
A crown is installed on the surrounding teeth, and the replacement tooth is fixed to the crown. The replacement then functions as a natural tooth, and can be brushed and flossed like any other tooth.
Implant Dentures-Fixed Bridge
A fixed bridge done via implant dentures is a great option for those who are missing several teeth, or have a weak tooth structure.
In this procedure, implants made of biocompatible titanium are surgically installed in the jaw to function as tooth roots, and replacement teeth are fixed upon these implants. A similar procedure can be used to install a full set of dentures, but would require more implants.
If you’re curious about whether dentures are right for you, we’re ready to help! Schedule a free consultation with us today by visiting our website or calling (425) 374-8470. We provide complete, partial, and full dentures services at very reasonable prices – all with a satisfaction guarantee.