Partials - Flaxible, Metal, Acrilic

Why should I replace missing teeth?

Your appearance is one reason. Another is that the gap left by a missing tooth can mean more strain is put on the teeth at either side.

A gap can also mean your ‘bite' is affected, because the teeth next to the space can lean into the gap and change the way the upper and lower teeth bite together. This can then lead to food getting packed into the gap, which causes and gum disease.

How are missing teeth replaced?

This depends on the number of teeth missing and on where they are in your mouth. The condition of the teeth you still have also affects the decision.

There are three main ways to replace missing teeth. The first is with a removable false tooth (or teeth) - called a partial denture. The second is with a fixed bridge. A bridge is usually used when there are fewer teeth to replace, or when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth. The third way is by the use of dental ‘implants'. This is where an artificial root is placed into the bone of the jaw and a crown or bridge placed on top of this.

What is a partial denture?

This is a plate with one or more false teeth on it. It may be all plastic or a mixture of metal and plastic. Both types may have clips (clasps) to help keep the denture in place in your mouth. Depending on where they are, some of these clips may show when you smile or open your mouth.

There are a few main partial denture types you can choose from. And each one is meant for different situations, whether you need a bottom (mandibular) partial denture, an top (maxillary) partial denture, or both.

Cast Metal Partial Dentures

A cast metal partial denture involves a metal framework that attaches by way of clasps connected to crowns. The metal frame is obviously not visible (the gum-colored acrylic plastic covers it), but when you smile, the clasps may be visible.

This acrylic-based partial denture is often considered the gold standard of partial replacements, mainly because they’re strong, sturdy, and long-lasting. Every other partial denture is compared to this one.

Flexible Partial Dentures

Flexible partial dentures are named appropriately. On top of being very flexible, they’re lightweight and comfortable.

After a laboratory has constructed the denture out of realistic-looking nylon material, your dentist can easily insert the piece into your mouth. Typically, the dentist won’t need to alter any of your natural teeth. And after the procedure, most patients become accustomed to their replacement very quickly, thanks to the thinness and comfort of the denture.

Fortunately, it’s only a temporary fix until the final denture is ready.

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