As the name suggests, a partial denture replaces missing teeth in either the upper or lower jaw (or sometimes both). Partial dentures may be required for:
- To help with chewing
- To support remaining teeth so they don’t move
- Or to support an opposing full denture
Partial dentures can be made with many different materials and designs including Acrylic Partials, Nylon Flexible Partials and Cast Metal Partials.
Acrylic Partial Dentures
Acrylic partial dentures are the most cost efficient denture option and are easy to repair, reline or add further teeth to. They are usually recommended when tooth loss is significant. Most have stainless steel retention or alternatively is clear or tooth coloured resin retainers.
Nylon Flexible Partial Dentures
These dentures are made from an injected thermoplastic nylon and are flexible, translucent, clinically unbreakable and require no metal retainers. These dentures make it possible for a removable partial restoration without costly prepatory work. They also allow natural tissue tone to appear through the material. The result is a functional, lightweight denture that patients love. Repairs, relines or additions of teeth is possible but you may be without your dentures for a period of time.
Cast Metal Dentures
Generally thinner and smaller than other dentures, they offer great strength and stability. Because of the rigid frame they can also transfer bite forces to remaining teeth. Retention of the cast metal partial can be either cast metal retainers, flexible nylon or tooth-coloured resin. Repairs, relines or additions of future teeth is sometimes possible but may require laser welding.