For patients with a few missing teeth, partial dentures are the traditional form of tooth replacement. They can be used in many ways, such as a temporary replacement while implants are healing or as definitive replacement for one or multiple teeth. Although they are removable, partial dentures are a great, economical alternative to traditional bridgework or implants. The biggest difference in types of partial dentures are the base material. Below are some of the most common types of partial dentures:
Types of Partial Dentures
- “Flippers” – When a tooth, or teeth, needs to be extracted and is temporarily replaced, usually in preparation for an implant, a flipper is used for the cosmetic and functional replacement. Flippers are usually made out of a gum colored acrylic and plastic teeth and require no preparation of other teeth for their use. Typically these can be made in advance of proposed extractions so there are no gaps in your smile.
- Acrylic Partial Dentures – Acrylic partial dentures are a definitive form of tooth replacement that can be used to replace multiple missing teeth. The acrylic base is embedded with small clasps that hold onto neighboring teeth for support.
- Flexible Base Partial Dentures – Flexible partial dentures are a new form of partial denture that is less bulky than an acrylic partial and can provide for a more comfortable fit and easier adaptation for its use due to its slightly smaller size. It again requires no preparation of the teeth for is use.
- Cast Metal Partial Dentures – Cast partial dentures are the most long lasting form of partial denture due to its more rigid design and material. These can be more highly customized and can be more esthetic as well. Typically, this type of partial denture does require preparation of the teeth to accommodate for the fit and retention of the framework.
Both, Dr. Mauck and Dr. Ricci will work with you to accommodate your desires and goals, helping you choose which partial option best fits your needs. If you have any questions about the replacement of your missing teeth please don’t hesitate to ask our friendly dental team.