A removable partial denture is made to replace one or more teeth, and is customized to a patient’s specific requirements. A partial denture may be tooth-supported or tooth and tissue-supported. The number of teeth remaining, the position and the stability of the teeth are only a few of the factors that help determine what styles or types of partial denture would be best for you.
Partials can be made of different materials, including acrylics, metal/acrylic combination or flexible thermoplastics.
Acrylic partials are usually used as a transitional or temporary replacement of missing teeth, depending on your personal circumstances. The partial denture may prevent your natural teeth from shifting or drifting into the space left by loss of a natural tooth. A partial denture may help maintain the position of your natural teeth by providing them with additional support. The partial dentures are designed to be removed and should be removed nightly to contribute to a healthy oral environment.
The metal/acrylic partial-commonly called a cast partial is usually a more rigid and permanent style of denture. The metal is either a highly compatible chrome cobalt alloy or titanium, which are both ultra thin, light and very strong.
Valplast is a flexible denture base resin that is ideal for partial dentures and unilateral restorations. The resin is a biocompatible nylon thermoplastic with unique physical and aesthetic properties. Valplast allows the patient’s natural tissue tone to appear through the material, matching the basic shade categories.