If you are missing some but not all of your teeth, you might be a candidate for partial dentures. These replacement teeth are attached to a gum-colored base and can work in the front or back of the mouth. Before you choose dentures, you need to know your options. Then, you can make an informed decision when you meet with the dentist.
Cast metal partial dentures are the most common option. These dentures consist of a metal framework and clasps. Dentists attach the clasps to crowns, so the dentures stay in place when in the mouth.
These dentures have a gum-colored acrylic plastic that covers the metal frame, but the metal clasps are visible when the mouth is open.
Cast metal is also heavier than some materials, so it can take some time to get used to eating and speaking with them. After the introductory period, people can perform their daily functions without giving these dentures much thought.
Acrylic partial dentures are commonly rereferred to as flippers. The replacement tooth is rooted in a pink acrylic base. Dentists attach the device to the teeth with metal clasps. The clasps keep the partial denture in place while people eat and talk.
The acrylic base is quite heavy and bulky, and that can make it difficult to eat and speak. People typically adapt to this issue, but it does take time and patience.
Also, the metal claps are not hidden, so people can see them. This makes some people uncomfortable when wearing acrylic dentures.
Due to these issues, flippers are usually a temporary solution. Most people do not use them for the long term. Instead, they get flippers while they wait for a more permanent solution, such as a cast metal partial.
Flexible partial dentures are growing in popularity. These dentures are made of a lightweight and soft plastic that is molded with heat. Dentists affix these dentures with the help of gum-colored clasps. The clasps fit snugly into the spaces around the teeth and secure the dentures.
Considerations with Flexible Dentures
Since these dentures are lightweight and flexible, many people state they are more comfortable than other types of dentures. They also look more realistic than other dentures do. It is hard to tell people are wearing partials when they have flexible partial dentures.
Oral hygiene is of the utmost importance with these partials. The gum-colored claps can trap food particles, so proper brushing is needed to prevent decay.
It can be difficult to know which partial denture is right for you. Each option has its benefits. Cast metal is the tried and true method, while an acrylic partial is a good option if you need a temporary solution while weighing your options. Then, flexible partials are more comfortable and realistic-looking. Contact your dentist and talk about your options. With your dentist’s help, you will be able to make a decision.
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