Partial dentures (RPD—removable partial denture) can represent the ideal treatment option for patients who have missing tooth structures and don't need or require traditional dentures.
It is very important to replace missing teeth for several reasons:
Acrylic partial dentures are the lowest cost because of the ease of repair, reline or addition of further teeth are generally advised where remaining dentition is doubtful or tooth loss is significant. Most acrylic dentures will have stainless steel retention, but in some cases that may not be necessary.
Another retention option for acrylic dentures is clear or tooth coloured resin retainers.
These are generally thinner and smaller in the mouth than most other options and of course offer great strength and stability as well as support for remaining teeth.
Metal based RPDs require an efficient design and implementation of a rigid prosthesis that becomes integrated (attached) into an environment that is not rigid (gingiva, soft tissues). Contrary to popular thought, a partial does not necessarily have to be rigid in order to be effective and functional.
One of the most common complaints about wearing standard denture partials centres on the unsightly, bright and shiny clasp devices for affixing the partial to surrounding tooth structures. Preparation of adjacent teeth is sometimes performed to make the attachment devices less visible.
The flexible product line is perhaps one of the most popular treatment alternatives to traditional metal partials.
Proprietary design and fabrication elements of the partial promotes improved adaptation and fitting of the restorative prosthesis to remaining tooth structures and soft tissues.
Patients typically report this type of partial is comfortable, flexible and lightweight (compared to metallic partials). Aesthetically, there is no concern of having unattractive metal attachment devices showing when they smile.
Flexible synthetics and custom design of the partial assure a snug and comfortable fit that eliminates the need for external clasps. These products can be the ideal choice for patients seeking metal-free restorative solutions.
Patients prone to sensitivity or allergic reactions may want to research the suitability of this treatment. As with many popular treatments in dentistry, allergic symptoms can occur for restorative components that contain mercury, nickel, titanium and certain types of synthetic properties commonly found in denture partials.
The result: A functional, lightweight flexible partial that you will love to wear.
The best decision is an informed decision. Oral health histories and projected health conditions will be evaluated by Scott Thomas, Confa-Dental's lead dental technician and dental prosthetist to determine the best benefits in function and overall aesthetics. Some dental conditions may change over time and could cause failure or re-treatment if these factors are not discussed in full with Confa-Dental prior to treatment.