A removable partial denture is a type of removable denture that is used for patients who are not missing all of their teeth but are missing enough that they need a replacement. In contrast, a complete denture is also a removable denture, but it’s used for people who are missing all of their teeth.
There are two main types of partial dentures – cast (metal) partial dentures and flexible (plastic) partials. Both have a custom base to fit accurately in your mouth, and clasps or hooks to attach to the teeth and hold the denture in place. Note that both types of partials allow you to smile with tooth-colored teeth and gum-colored gums.
Cast (Metal) Partial Dentures
The advantages of cast partials are they made of a very strong metal framework (substructure) and are designed for everyday eating and chewing. They are relatively easy to repair and/or modify if a tooth comes off or if a tooth needs to be added, and they don’t put too much pressure on the anchor teeth (the teeth that help support the partial). The main disadvantage of cast partial dentures is that depending upon where the hooks are needed, they can be less esthetic than flexible partials.
Flexible (Plastic) Partials
Flexible partials (flexite, Valplast) are a type of partial denture that has no metal. Patients like that these partials weigh less than cast (metal) partials, and that there are no metal hooks to possible show when they smile. The problem with flexible partials is that because it’s made entirely of plastic, the hooks cannot easily be tightened as they could be with cast metal hooks, and it’s more difficult to add a tooth or a clasp to plastic.
Both partials serve patients well and determining which one is appropriate for you is based on how many teeth you need to replace, and whether or not these teeth are in an esthetic area.
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