Although a surprising number of people lose all of their teeth by the time they become senior citizens, among people who have dentures, a vast majority of them wear partial dentures. A recent analysis from the Tokyo Medical and Dental University discovered that nearly two-thirds of these people wear a 3-unit fixed brace.
If you’ve lost a couple of teeth, but still have many healthy choppers in your jaw, partial dentures should be a perfect solution for you. Partial dentures are gum-colored acrylic plates that hold one or more artificial teeth. In today’s Lakeside Dental post, we’re going to tell you all about different types of partial dentures, and help you decide which one is best for you.
Partial dentures are available in a variety of different forms. After the initial evaluation, the dentist will give their recommendation on the type. However, the patient always has the last saying. That’s why the more you know about different types of partial dentures, the better.
Here are the basics:
This type of denture consists of denture teeth attached to an acrylic base. They fit nicely and closely against the gums and natural teeth. That’s why they’re great if you don’t want others to know that you’ve lost teeth. They are usually bulky, which ensures they won’t break. Acrylic dentures come with metal clasps, which allow you to attach them to your natural teeth.
Dentists use acrylic removable dentures as a temporary option for patients that are waiting for permanent ones. Acrylic partial dentures are relatively inexpensive, which is why they can keep your mouth viable until something better, like a metal-based denture, becomes available.
Next up, we have one of the more popular options among Lakeside Dental patients, and denture wearers in general. We're, of course, talking about cast-metal dentures. Metal partial dentures comprise a metal base and acrylic teeth that look stunningly realistic.
Cast metal dentures fit pretty naturally besides the healthy teeth. That’s why they are more aesthetically appealing than traditional metal clasps. Cast metal is also a highly durable material. With proper care put into it, these dentures could last you for at least a decade.
Partial dentures are primarily fitted to the top of the mouth. If you don’t like the feel and the taste of metal in your mouth, you can opt for flexible partial dentures. Flexible dentures are made of comfortable, durable, and as the name says more flexible resin. They are designed to replace a single tooth, or a couple of teeth, rather than a full set.
Gum-colored, resin clasps are used in flexible dentures, as opposed to metal clasps. These thin bands are fixed between the teeth, which allows them to blend in with the real teeth and look natural. They come in a range of colors so that they will match your gum line. These dentures are often recommended to patients who are allergic to nickel.
If you’d like more information about different types of partial dentures or if you want to make sure that you’re a good candidate for treatment, the team at Lakeside Dental is here to help. Contact us online or give us a call at 865-635-4999 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph Blalock today, and get started with All-On-Four in Lenoir City.