What is a partial denture?
A partial denture replaces one or more, but not all, of the natural teeth. A partial denture is comprised of replacement teeth connected to a pink base that resembles gum tissue. Partial dentures may be either fixed or removable.
Fixed partial denture: A fixed partial denture is also known as a dental bridge. It may be attached to your surrounding teeth, but the preparation damages those teeth. A better solution is to attach the bridge to dental implants at either end. Fixed partial dentures are a good solution for those who do not to want to take them out.
Removable partial denture: Removable partial dentures attach to the surrounding teeth with metal clasps or precision attachments. An acrylic partial known as a flipper is the cheapest solution, but these are bulky and best used only short-term. Cast metal partials are much less bulky and can be extremely realistic, but are pricey. Flexible partials are both more comfortable and more aesthetic, but cost a lot and tend to wear out fast.
No single option is right for every situation. Your dentist will help you decide which type of partial denture is best for your unique needs.
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