If you are missing some, but not all, of your natural teeth a partial denture might be a good fit for you. Partial dentures replace missing teeth while keeping as many healthy, natural teeth as possible. Clasps are strategically placed on your natural teeth to hold the denture in place. There are three types of partial dentures to choose from depending on your needs: acrylic partial dentures, cast partial dentures, and valplast partial dentures. The denturist will go over the benefits and disadvantages of each and help you choose an appropriate treatment plan.
Acrylic Partial Dentures
Acrylic partial dentures are made of the same pink acrylic that most people associate with dentures, and sometimes metal clasps to help with retention. These partial dentures are good for a temporary solution, they can be made fairly quickly and are often used while waiting for a single tooth crown or bridge to be made. These are also often used when the remaining natural teeth have questionable health as they are easy to add on to if you were to lose a natural tooth after the denture was made.
Cast Partial Dentures
Cast partial dentures are made of a metal base with clasps attached using acrylic to hold the denture teeth in place. These partial dentures are much stronger and more thin than acrylic partial dentures, often making them a better choice for a long term prosthesis
Valplast Partial Dentures
Valplast partial dentures are made of a pink, flexible material. This material makes up the base of the denture as well as the clasps, giving a more aesthetically pleasing look for patients that need to have their natural anterior teeth clasped. This is also a great option for patients that are only missing one or two teeth, allowing a smaller prosthesis to be placed.