Partial dentures may be the answer if you are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth
yet retain one or more of your natural dentition.
There are various options when it comes to materials or a combination thereof. There are Chrome alloy partials, acrylic partials or flexible partials (or a combination). We need to access which material is best used in each situation for each patient. Partial dentures help to maintain the remaining natural teeth while improving appearance and function (eating).
Chrome Partial Dentures
Chrome Partial's are a cast alloy.
Chrome partial dentures are durable, thin and very strong. Lately we have been sending some cases to the US or Canada to be laser sintered, a form of 3D printing. This technique is stronger and more accurate than conventional methods.
Flexible Partial Dentures
Thermo-plastics are a versatile material often used for their aesthetics and flexibility.
Their greatest asset is there natural appearance. Instead of metal clips they have flexible tissue coloured translucent clips.
In some cases we can use clasping (clips) that are largely invisible.
These clasps are made of a very special type of tooth coloured acrylic that renders them all but invisible. There is a small extra fee for this process and it wont suit every patient but please ask if you think that this might be a useful option.
Acrylic Partial Denture
This type of denture is made completely from acrylic and usually has wrought stainless steel wire clips to hold them in.
This type of denture is usually the least expensive. It is bulkier and easier to fracture. The advantage however is that they are easier to add teeth or clips onto if other natural teeth are lost down the track