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Different Types Of Partial Dentures To Consider

man smiling with partial dentures

Having a broken or missing tooth can make it challenging to chew and eat certain foods such as raw vegetables and nuts. Leaving missing teeth untreated can have great negative health effects, including but not limited to damaging the structure of your teeth, harming your gums, and having a poor diet.

If you have a couple of missing teeth, partial dentures can help you get back to your normal eating habits without having to remove the remaining healthy and natural teeth for a full denture.

In addition to enhancing chewing and speaking abilities to the wearer, partial dentures can also act as cosmetic devices.

It’s easy to get self-conscious when you have a missing tooth, which can make you want to hide your smile when you laugh. With partial dentures, you can replace that gap and restore your beautiful smile.

Acrylic Partial Dentures

Acrylic partial dentures, also known as “flippers,” are removable and the least expensive type of partial dentures.

Ottawa South Denture Clinic Acrylic Partial Dentures

The synthetic teeth are attached to a pink acrylic base, which can then be attached to the natural teeth using a metal clasp. The gum-looking base is bulky and thick, which helps minimize the risk of breakage.

Although you can eat and talk normally with acrylic partial dentures, the bulkiness of the appliance can potentially cause problems with speech.

In addition to that, the metal clasp is visible every time the mouth opens.

This type of partial denture is used more as a temporary solution while waiting for a more permanent alternative.

Cast Metal Partial Dentures

The most common type of removable partial dentures is made up of high-quality replacement teeth attached to a cast metal frame.

Ottawa South Denture Clinic Cast Metal Partial Dentures

Similar to acrylic partials, cast metal partials have metal clasps attached to the ultra-thin base, which can then be used to fasten the denture to the remaining natural teeth.

Cast metal partial dentures are highly durable, so if maintained properly can last for years without any complications.

Fixed Partial Dentures

As the name implies, fixed partial dentures are a permanent set of teeth and cannot be removed once they’re in place.

Ottawa South Denture Clinic Fixed Partial Dentures

Unlike other partial dentures, this type of denture requires a crown to be placed onto the surrounding teeth.

To get the crown to fit properly, the existing teeth must be filed down, which can be a dealbreaker for some patients.

Once in place, the replacement tooth can be fixed onto the crown.

The fixed partial denture will function like regular teeth, meaning you can brush and floss them just like you would for your natural teeth.

Regain Your Smile With Ottawa South Denture Clinic

Whether you have a broken, missing, or damaged tooth, partial dentures can act as replacement teeth that will restore your smile and boost your confidence.

There are many types of dentures available, but the most suitable choice will be determined by a dental professional.

Our denture experts at Ottawa South Denture specialize in state-of-the-art denture techniques and use the latest denture technologies to help you achieve your most natural look and best function.

We strive to provide excellent dental care to all of our patients by creating a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. Our denturist will work with you directly to determine the most suitable type of denture for you.

Reach out to us to learn more about the different types of dentures available and book your consultation today.