Partial Dentures

What to know about partial dentures and services offered by Richmond Denture Clinic

Partial dentures are a dental instrument that can make your smile complete again by replacing one or more missing teeth. Richmond Denture Clinic offers specific information regarding materials and uses and quality services that can make your life and your smile better.

What are Partial Dentures?

Partial dentures are prostheses for missing teeth. In contrast with full dentures, they only replace one or more missing teeth instead of a full set. These stay in place by attaching them to a set of healthy teeth using clasps. The clasps are either plastic or metal. If you still have healthy teeth, partial dentures are an excellent option.
There are two different types: fixed and removable. The main difference between them is the ability to take the removable partial denture on and off if you wish. Under these two types, there are other different kinds based on their material, and each has different uses that favour one situation over another.

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What Types Of Partial Dentures Can You Use?

There are two different types you can choose from: fixed and removable. There are different types of partial dentures under these two. Under removable partial dentures, we have metal, acrylic, and flexible; under fixed, we have traditional, cantilever, Maryland, and implant-supported bridges.

Each of these differs in function and material. The denturist will give you different options according to your situation and preferences. Some are more comfortable, while others are more durable. Some are considered temporary, while some are short or long-term solutions. Metal ones are usually more durable and lighter than plastic ones, explaining the more expensive price tag.

01: Removable Partial Dentures

Metal Partial Denture

These are made up of different metals, most commonly: nickel, chromium, and cobalt; the materials used make the prosthesis lightweight. It makes it easier for patients to adjust. Metal partials are considered stronger structurally, thinner, and more hygienic than acrylic partial dentures. This type lasts from 5 up to 10 years, a perfect choice for patients looking for a long-term option. Your denturist will advise you on the best treatment plan and partial dentures.

Acrylic Partial Denture

These are made from light, transparent plastic called acrylic. These are lighter compared to metal ones but are less effective and comfortable. Adding additional artificial teeth is easy. These are also easier to adjust since acrylics are easy to mold. An acrylic partial denture is the least expensive out of all the three types of removable partial dentures, but it’s considered more of a short-term option rather than a long-term one.

Flexible Partial Denture

These are made from flexible thermoplastic nylon resin. This type usually blends in better than the other types. They’re nearly invisible, and they cover receded gums. Since this type is made from thermoplastics, molding them is easier. This type is not repairable; it needs a replacement once it’s cracked. It is often considered a temporary solution due to its unrepairable nature.

02:Fixed Partial Dentures

Traditional Bridge

The traditional bridge is the most common type out of the four. It contains two or more crowns and one or more filler teeth connected. A traditional bridge is made from metal, porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.

Cantilever Bridge

The cantilever bridge is similar to the traditional bridge. The only difference between the two is that this bridge type only supports the tooth from one side. A cantilever is a term for a structure only anchored at one of its sides.

Maryland Bridge

The Maryland Bridge is made of porcelain or gold. This type is commonly used to replace missing front teeth, but it can cause damage to existing teeth. This option is also not as sturdy as the other options. The bridge has two structures similar to wings bonded to the adjacent teeth, keeping the bridge stable.

Implant-Supported Bridge

This type of bridge is supported by a dental implant. Implant-Supported Bridges are usually used to replace three or more missing back teeth. These are significantly more durable and stable. It recreates the teeth' aesthetic and function more than the other types in certain cases.

When is the Right Time to Get Partial Dentures

If you have lost teeth or are on the verge of losing teeth due to gum disease or age, partial dentures might be right for you. Healthy teeth won’t need an extraction, which means you’ll only need a prosthesis for the few teeth that you don’t have. Partial dentures are also suggested for patients who are not candidates for dental implants and/or if an easy removal of the replacement teeth is essential. You should consider these if cost is your primary concern since these are less expensive than full ones. If you don’t want surgery, this is a good option.

What to Consider When Planning on Getting Partial Dentures?


Location in Your Mouth

Each type of denture has its own function. Most of the time, the location dictates the type of partial dentures you get. Front teeth will be used primarily for aesthetics, while the back teeth are used for eating. Some types are also better suited for one location than another. For example, Maryland bridges are usually for front teeth, while implant-supported bridges are more often than not for back teeth.


Number of Teeth On the Dentures

Some types are better suited for a particular scenario, depending on the number of adjacent teeth that need to be replaced. You have to decide between single tooth dentures or bridges if you’re missing only a tooth. Implant-supported and traditional bridges are more suitable for multiple teeth, while Maryland bridges are better for single teeth.

Why Should You Choose Richmond Denture Clinic for Your Partial Dentures?

At Richmond Denture Clinic, we provide these services with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We will do everything we can to preserve and improve your smile. Our job is to produce the greatest possible denture for you, from eating to speaking to looking your best. We will present you with numerous options to choose from that are appropriate for your scenario, and our team will create the finest one for you.

FAQs About Partial Dentures

These are the commonly asked questions about partial dentures that you may have. If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

What does the price of partial dentures depend on?
The price of partial dentures usually depends on the material you will use. A metal cast partial denture is usually more expensive because of the value of the material. Although expensive, metal ones are lighter and more durable than plastic ones. On the other hand, an acrylic cast partial denture is more of a short-term option and tend to be less stable. Book a free consultation with our denturist for a tailored quote for your needs.
How natural are the appearance of partial dentures?
They do not look natural compared to other prostheses. Partial dentures attach themselves to one or more healthy teeth. Metal cast partial dentures do not look as natural as fixed partial dentures since a metal framework supports them. Metal ones have metal clasps that make them less natural, while an acrylic partial denture might have pink clasps that look more natural. However, modern technology and materials have made partial dentures more natural-looking and comfortable to wear than ever before.
How do partial dentures clip to the mouth?
Clasps on partial dentures are arms that wrap around the tooth to keep it firmly in place. Partial dentures restore missing teeth by attaching a set of artificial teeth to existing teeth. The mechanism is similar to the concept of bridges with the addition of having clasps to fixate itself among the teeth. Clasps are often constructed of metal and encircle at least half of your adjacent teeth to your partial dentures. The metal may be seen when you smile, depending on where the clasps are set.
When should I go back for a check-up?
Whether you have partial or full dentures, you will have to go back to see your denturist about twice a year for checkups, which is the same for people without dentures. This frequency is enough to maintain your healthy teeth and prosthesis/prostheses properly. It will also help you keep your dentures for a longer period. Book a FREE consultation at Richmond Denture Clinic today!

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