Three types of partial dentures

Over the past many years, dentures are replacing the gaps of missing teeth; they have improved with time. The shape, material, and process of adjusting the dentures improve and become convenient and more comfortable. Previously, materials such as animal teeth, wood, and porcelain were in use; however, today, it uses acrylic, polymer resins, and cast metal. Partial dentures are comfortable dentures and give a natural look, while your mouth functions naturally, returning your smile. There are different types of partial dentures, so let’s read to find out which suits you better.

Types of partial dentures

Before deciding the type of partial denture, your practitioner will first inspect your oral condition. The choice depends on various factors, including oral health and strength of remaining teeth, sensitivity, appearance, grip, and stability. Then he makes the decision. So, let’s discuss the different types of dentures.

Cast metal partial dentures
It is one of the best quality partial dentures that use a rigid frame as a base to support the denture. It uses a very thin and light cobalt-chromium alloy, which has a long life and lasts many years with proper care and maintenance. Few benefits of this type are that they are lightweight and comfortable, improves overall oral health, fit perfectly, and provide excellent support and strength to the teeth. However, there are a few cons too. The cast metal partial dentures use an alloy that is a bit expensive than the acrylic ones, and the fabrication process takes a longer time. People who are sensitive to cast metal will have allergic reactions when wearing it; hence they have to look for other options.

Acrylic partial dentures
These are supported with metal clasps, also known as dental flippers. The denture uses a heavy acrylic in the fabrication process that makes it a bit uncomfortable to wear in the long term. However, due to the technology it uses, they are a permanent and viable solution. After cast metal, these are the preferable permanent solutions to replace the missing teeth. These are cost-effective and don’t take much time in fabrication. The person wearing it needs to adjust to its thickness and weight, which can take time.

Flexible partial denture
These are best to use when one or three teeth are missing. People who are allergic to cast metal or acrylic use flexible partial dentures. These are comfortable and look good and pleasing. The dentures have a thin, heat-sensitive film of plastic, which is durable and can last for years. In case of any accidents, these won’t fix, but you need to fabricate a new denture and replace the broken one. These cling to your gums, offering good support without using any tapes or metal clasps. They are odor and stain-resistant. One of its disadvantages is that they are expensive compared to the other partial dentures and have limited availability.

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