Partial dentures are a solution for those patients with some missing teeth and some remaining teeth. However, if you have no remaining teeth left, then you will need a full denture. Some patients refer to partial dentures as a dental plate.
Partial dentures construction comes in a variety of designs and materials. We can use acrylic, metal and now even plastic materials and consequently, they can be rigid or flexible depending on your preference.
Why choose partial dentures?
There are many techniques for the replacement of missing teeth, however, these may not suit you. Dental Implants and Dental Bridges are also used to replace missing teeth, but, on occasions, these techniques may not be possible. If this is the case, then a partial denture will be the only way in which we can replace missing teeth. Partial dentures are easy to adapt should you lose more teeth in the future as teeth can easily add to them.
In an ideal world, the dentures attach to your existing teeth to provide support and retention, however, in some cases, this is not possible. We use precision attachments, hooks and clasps to attach to your teeth wherever possible. For instance, complex designs allow the denture to sit within your existing crowns and bridges. Furthermore, on occasion, we incorporate dental implants to retain the denture giving excellent support and retention.
One of the best material choices is metal. Metal dentures are strong and comfortable appliances which subsequently give you good function and aesthetics. The design of these partial dentures allows you to have clips to retain your teeth and a solid frame for support. They are long lasting and effective.
Acrylic dentures are the most used dentures in the world as they are cheap and effective. However, as they do not clip onto the teeth they can be harder to retain in the mouth. Your mouth changes shape over time and these dentures will require re-shaping to ensure their fit is good. Acrylic partial dentures are the first line of attack. After use for a short period, the intention is always to convert to metal dentures.
We are able to provide Valplast flexible dentures. These dentures flex around your teeth and therefore work well where it is impossible to hide unsightly metal clasps.
A newer material. This material is milled by a machine and provides a light yet strong framework for your denture, and as such we have had some lovely results using this material.
How much do Partial Dentures cost?
You will find information about the costs of partial dentures on our fees page.