Partial dentures are removable dental appliances that are used to replace one or more missing teeth. They function more than the usual cosmetic devices since they are also used to support the remaining teeth and prevent them from shifting position. By fixing partial dentures, the patient can experience enhanced speaking and chewing functions. Partial dentures are made from different materials, the most common being acrylic and metal. Metal partial dentures are more durable and usually last longer, but they are also more expensive.
It is not necessary to wear partial dentures all the time. They should be removed at night so that the gum tissue can rest, and they should also be cleaned regularly to prevent bacteria from accumulating.
Removable partial dentures usually take some time to get used to, and it is normal to experience some discomfort when wearing them at first.
Types Of Partial Dentures
The most common partial dentures types are:
Acrylic partial dentures - These are the most affordable type of partial dentures, and they are also the lightest and easiest to adjust to. They are made from pink acrylic and can be easily clipped onto the existing teeth. In most cases, acrylic partial dentures are considered temporary when you are waiting for your permanent dentures to be made. If the patient finds it comfortable, it can be used for a few years.
Flexible partial dentures - Also known as "gum-colored partial dentures" - are made of a durable, yet flexible plastic base. They're nearly invisible when you wear them, and they're very comfortable. Flexible partial dentures are made to conform to the shape of your mouth, so they're less likely to irritate your gums. And, since they're not made of metal, they're also less likely to cause any kind of discomfort in your mouth. If you're looking for a partial denture that's both comfortable and inconspicuous, flexible partial dentures are the way to go.
Cast metal partial dentures: Cast metal partial dentures are made from durable, high-quality metals that can withstand years of wear and tear. They are sometimes also referred to as "permanent dentures" because they are designed to last a lifetime. Cast metal partial dentures are usually more expensive than other types of partial dentures, but they are also the most comfortable and natural-looking.
Single tooth partial dentures: As the name suggests, single tooth partial dentures are used to replace a single missing tooth. They are made from either acrylic or metal, and they are attached to the existing teeth with metal clasps. Partial dentures one tooth are usually more affordable than dental implants.
Partial dentures are most commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They can be used in people of any age, but they are helpful for adults who have lost multiple teeth that are in the bottom or top of the jaw. Some of the factors that may result in the loss of teeth include decay, extraction, removal of teeth, and injury.