After the loss of one or more tooth, you might wonder the best options available for replacement. If you have no healthy teeth remaining, then you should consider a full denture. You can still choose the individual implants, but this is quite expensive. Your best bet could be a partial denture which provides the ability to eat more regularly and restores your smile. With a broad range of option available, it’s harder to settle on a design that suits you. Here are a few options to consider as far as the types of partial denture are concerned;
The cast metal removable partial denture
The case metal removable is the most common and comes with high-quality replacement teeth on grid frames. The fewer cast metals are convenient given that they attach the metal clasps onto the existing teeth. A precision attachment is of utmost importance for aesthetic reasons, and with proper care, this partial denture will last for years.
The acrylic removable denture or flipper
The acrylic removable denture has less optimal performance compared to the cast partial. This is because the replacement teeth are set out in a pink acrylic base, giving them the required stability. Usually, a flipper is attached to the natural teeth using metal clasp noticeable when smiling or talking. You can conveniently eat and speak with the flipper on, but the bulkiness can at times be uncomfortable. It’s considered a partial solution before a permanent restoration is found. Also, they are considerably cheaper, and people tend to use them for years.
The flexible partial denture
In cases where acrylic or cast metal partial results in discomfort or an individual is allergic to acrylic then a flexible partial denture acts as the best alternative. It is crafted from a thin heat-sensitive plastic that is both realistic in appearance and comfortable. Also, It comes with flexible partials attached with gum clasps to fit around your teeth. Compared to the flippers, the flexible partials are more expensive but are considered a temporary option. However, some patients still wear them for years.
The fixed bridge
The fixed bridge provides for an optimal solution if you are missing a one or two teeth but have the rest intact. As opposed to being removable, it always remains in your mouth and can be brushed like any other teeth. Once the fixed bridge is intact, your dentist might recommend the foss or other devices to ensure that space underneath is clean. It features a crown at the end with replacement teeth called pontic in between.