What is a Partial Denture?
A partial denture is a removable appliance which is manufactured around your existing natural teeth and replaces one or more of the missing teeth. In days gone by it was common practice to extract teeth at the first sign of disease. With better technology and knowledge, dentists work really hard to save diseased teeth. Bearing this in mind, there is a large number of our population that require these gaps to be filled.
If the dentist is unable to save the tooth (or teeth), then the spaces that exists where a tooth, or teeth, have been lost are replaced with artificial teeth which are attached to an acrylic or metal framework.
Types of Partial Dentures
There are two types of partial dentures available : acrylic or metal. Both of these have advantages and disadvantages. A correct assessment by the Prosthetist and further discussion is required prior to undertaking this route of treatment.
The superior and preferred option, if comfort, strength and longevity are required, is the cast metal framework. These are incredibly thin and comfortable to wear. They have a 5 years plus lifespan, where as the acrylic is a 1-3 year option and is considered to be quite “bulky” in the mouth. Acrylic dentures are often used when a temporary solution is required, for example, prior to implants.
The disadvantage is the price difference, with the metal framework costing approximately $500 more than the acrylic.
Repairs and Additions
If in the future there are further changes in the mouth and more of the natural teeth are lost, both dentures are able to be modified to attach new teeth.
If a partial denture requires repairing it is important that you never try to repair it yourself. Contact us immediately and we can arrange to repair it for you.