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When Are Partial Dentures Recommended?
Partial dentures are typically recommended for people who have lost more than two teeth but still have most of their natural teeth. They are great for people who have lost too many teeth for bridges, but not enough to justify a full denture set.
The different types of partial dentures you can choose from
There are a few different types of partial dentures, and each comes with their benefits and drawbacks. They include:
1. Removable cast metal dentures
These are one of the more popular types of partial dentures. They consist of a durable cast-metal framework and high-quality artificial teeth. They are usually attached to a patient's existing teeth with attachments like metal clasps. These types of dentures typically last more than five years when properly cared for.
2. Removable acrylic partial dentures (flippers)
These partial dentures are often called flippers because many patients use them as a temporary solution while they explore more permanent missing teeth replacement options. They are attached to the patient's teeth with attachments like metal clasps, and they come with a large acrylic base that attaches to the wearer's gums via suction.
Flippers are not the most comfortable type of dentures, thanks to the size of their frame, but they make it possible for patients to chew and speak reasonably. Flippers are the most affordable type of partial dentures and can last for years.
3. Flexible partial dentures
Patients who are allergic to acrylic or are interested in a more comfortable type of prosthetic should consider partial dentures. These are made from a very thin, flexible plastic that provides a natural look and is comfortable to wear.
Flexible partial dentures are classified as a temporary solution, but they are durable enough to last for years. Flexible partial dentures are also comfortable to wear.
4. Fixed bridge
A fixed bridge is an excellent option for anyone missing one or two teeth and has healthy teeth on both sides of the space created by the lost teeth. Unlike the other prosthetics, a fixed bridge is permanently installed in the patient's mouth. It can make certain tasks like flossing more difficult, but this can be effectively done with tools like water flossers.
A fixed bridge is attached to crowns that are placed on the teeth closest to the gap. These are called abutment teeth, and they might need to be trimmed down before being crowned.
A fixed bridge provides natural-looking results, and it is one of the more comfortable ways to replace missing teeth.
5. Implant-supported fixed bridges
Individuals who have lost too many teeth for bridges can take advantage of implant-supported bridges. It allows the dentist to replace a larger number of teeth in a more permanent way. The implants used to secure the artificial teeth can last over 25 years.
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