A partial denture is usually made to replace one or more natural teeth, and is customized to a patient’s specific requirements.
Partial dentures restore a person’s natural appearance and greatly improve the ability to chew and speak clearly.
A partial denture may be tooth-supported or tooth and tissue supported. There are significant differences between these two types of dentures. The number of teeth remaining, the position and the stability of the teeth are only a few of the factors that help to determine what style or type of partial denture would be best for you.
Partials can be made of different materials, including acrylics, or a metal/acrylic combination. Acrylic partials are usually used as a transitional or temporary replacement of missing teeth.
The metal/acrylic partial – commonly called a cast partial – is usually a more rigid and permanent style of denture. The metal is either highly compatible chrome cobalt alloy or titanium, which are both ultra thin, light and very strong.
All partials are designed to be removable and should be removed nightly to contribute to a healthy oral environment.
With newer designs, materials and techniques, partials are more comfortable than ever before. Ask the Conrad Denture Clinic about the many designs available, some of which have clasps that are barely visible and are virtually undetectable.
Partial dentures do not harm remaining natural teeth. A partial denture may prevent your natural teeth from shifting or drifting into the space left by the loss of a natural tooth. In fact, a partial denture may help maintain the position of your natural teeth by providing them with additional support.