Benefits of removable partial dentures
When some but not all teeth are missing, removable partial dentures can restore a beautiful, healthy smile. Remaining teeth are used as an anchor to keep the removable bridge in place.
The stability and comfort of the denture depends on the remaining anchor teeth. In some cases, implants may be used to increase stability. Dental implants may be preferred over removable partial dentures to replace the missing teeth.
Dr. Michael and Dr. Pamela Adams can discuss the best course of treatment for your specific needs.
What is a removable partial denture?
A removable partial denture is a prosthesis that consists of artificial replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored base, with a metal framework to help hold it in place. A partial denture is personalized for each individual and depends on having a quality base of natural teeth on which to anchor. The prosthesis can be considered provisional (immediate), or it can be a permanent partial denture, the latter being more expensive.
A removable partial denture must fit snugly into place and have good support and stability to aid in speaking and chewing. Since a strong base of natural teeth is essential, it may be necessary to reshape existing teeth or improve them with crowns.
When is a removable partial denture needed?
Partial dentures are most helpful as an alternative when implants are not affordable. They are a good alternative to bridges when multiple teeth are missing and dental bridges become impractical. Partial dentures may also be more affordable when replacing several teeth.
A removable partial denture may make eating and speaking more natural and comfortable.
What are the types of partial dentures, and what are they made of?
Traditionally, partial dentures are made by forming a gum colored acrylic base over a base framework of metal alloys. The artificial teeth are made of plastic resins, or sometimes porcelain.
However, other combinations are sometimes used. The entire partial may be constructed of plastic resins.
Partial dentures are attached to permanent teeth with metal clasps or precision attachments, the latter being less visible.
How much do removable partial dentures cost?
Removable partial dentures are generally less expensive than implants. Provisional partials made entirely of plastic resins are generally less expensive than those made with metal. Sometimes, work on the teeth to which the partial is anchored, such as crowns, is necessary, and may affect the overall cost of dentures.
What about cleaning partial dentures?
A partial denture should be cleaned gently with a soft denture brush and a non-abrasive denture cleaner. Bending of the metal framework should be avoided to assure that the dental appliance’s shape is maintained. The partial denture must be kept moist to retain its proper shape, so it should be placed in a soaking solution if removed.
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