What Are Partial Dentures?

A recent AACD survey cites that 99% of adults believe that a healthy smile is important socially. If you don’t feel confident about your smile, it can really take a toll on your confidence. There are ways to correct problems with your smile, even if you are missing teeth. Partial dentures are a great option for most people. Let’s learn more.

Understanding Partial Dentures

Partial dentures, also sometimes just called a partial, is a plate with one or more false teeth made onto it. These plates can be entirely plastic or a combination of plastic and metal. Partials also have clips that help to hold them in place. Some partials may show the clips if you smile widely.

Plastic Partial vs. Metal Dentures

Plastic partials are often less expensive. This is a benefit to this type, but the downside is that they can sometimes damage teeth that sit against it. Metal partial dentures are created using an alloy of cobalt and chromium. This type is much stronger. Many people also say they are lighter to wear and are more comfortable. One benefit of metal dentures is that they can be supported by the other teeth. Even though these dentures are made of metal, it has gum-colored plastic fixed to the teeth to give it a more natural appearance.

Other Denture Alternatives

Another alternative to partial dentures would be a bridge. A fixed bridge is also sometimes called a dental implant. This is created by putting crowns on the teeth on either side of a gap. These are these joined together by putting a false tooth in the space. A fixed bridge can’t be moved. You can request to have a non-fixed bridge, though. You can take a non-fixed bridge out.

Caring For Partial Dentures

Regardless of the type of dentures you choose, the care of dentures is often the same. You will need to clean the dentures well each day. For partials and non-fixed bridges, you can take the device out and clean it thoroughly with toothpaste. Fixed bridges should be cleaned in the same way you clean your teeth.

If your dentist believes partials would be a good choice for you, they will advise you on which type you should choose. In addition to their professional opinion, researching on your own is important. There can be several factors that go into choosing dentures. If you would like to learn more about partial dentures and if they are right for you, please contact us.

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