Sometimes partial dentures may be more fitting to your needs compared to full dentures, as some of your natural teeth still remain. Partial dentures are customised such that gaps remain to accommodate these remaining teeth.
Partial dentures consist of a few different components and can be made using a few different materials. The base, which moulds to your gums and act as the framework and onto which artificial teeth is placed, is made of acrylic or metal.
The fit of the partial dentures is critical as it evenly distributes the force of a bite, and affects simple, everyday activity like eating and talking.
Cast Metal Partial Denture
The cast metal partial denture is durable, less bulky and offers a seamless fit. This type of partial has a metal framework onto which higher-quality artificial teeth are attached.
It would take approximately two to three weeks for this partial to be made.
The flexible partial is made from a special material that gives you added comfort and fit. It is only available in participating practices.
Acrylic Partial Denture
Acrylic partial dentures are more affordable, but they tend to feel bulkier. This partial has an acrylic base into which the denture teeth are set and is attached to your natural teeth with small metal clasps. The acrylic partial may be available with more durable, natural-looking teeth. The practice staff can inform you of availability in each office.