When you need to replace one or more missing teeth, a removable partial denture is an effective option. Both your natural appearance, ability to speak clearly, and chewing function will be restored along with your confidence.
What Are Partial Dentures Made Of?
Partial dentures are either manufactured out of a metal and acrylic composite, or entirely out of acrylic. The unique needs and anatomy of a patient will dictate the design of the partial denture, with every effort made to construct a self-cleansing partial denture that preserves the remaining teeth and oral tissues.
Our Vancouver clinic will ensure that your partial denture is designed so that the chewing forces are evenly distributed over the entire surface, including remaining teeth and soft tissue. Because of this, adjustments to your remaining teeth may be recommended to help equalize these forces. It really comes down to what’s best for you.
For the most part, metal partials are preferred as they are structurally superior. In addition, they are thinner and more hygienic than their acrylic counterpart. So why the use of acrylic at all? Acrylic partials are typically used as a transitional or temporary partial denture. The latter would therefore not become a longterm or lifetime solution to replace your missing teeth.
What Are the Benefits of Partial Dentures?
Your existing natural teeth are in danger of moving, spreading out along the gum line which can result in aesthetic concerns and issues in the jaw bone. A removable partial denture can help limit this movement, while allowing you to better grind and chew your food, which ultimately improves digestion and overall health.