Types of Partial Dentures

There are three basic types of partial dentures. The first is a cast removable partial denture, or “cast partial”, and consists of a metal base that has acrylic teeth attached to it. Metal clasps are the hook-like structures that help hold the removable partial denture in place. Although the cast partial can be a bit cumbersome, it has been used successfully for decades in the dental profession.

The second type of removable partial denture is the all-acrylic variety, sometimes referred to as an interim (temporary) removable partial denture or a “flipper”.

The third type is the "Valplast" or flexible partial denture, which is a nylon thermoplastic material that has several advantages over the other two types of partial dentures. The flexible partial dentures have no metal clasps and are very light weight. The material is translucent, so the patients own gums show through, giving a very natural appearance. Flexible partial dentures can be used to replace many or few missing teeth, and can even be modified to replace a missing tooth on only one side of the mouth, greatly enhancing its comfort. Valplast is an option for people who are allergic to the acrylic found in other types of partial dentures. Another great advantage is its resistance to breakage, as it is surprisingly strong relative to its size and weight.

In any situation with missing teeth, Dr Jenkins in Evansville, IN would recommend an option to replace it that would best suit a patient's needs. If you have further questions or would like to learn more about the process of replacing teeth with partials and dentures, please contact our office.

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A Woman's Touch Dentistry

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