4 Types of Partial Dentures Available with Online Dental Labs

Partial dentures are a great solution for individuals who are missing some of their natural teeth. These dental appliances not only restore the aesthetics of a smile but also enhance functionality and improve oral health. Understanding the various types of partial dentures available is essential for both patients and dental professionals.

 In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into the different types of partial dentures, their features, benefits, and considerations.

What Are Partial Dentures?

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Partial dentures aren’t just ‘false teeth’. There is a lot of science and research backing the concept of dentures, ranging from cosmetic to practical. Dentures are a very underestimated piece of equipment and must be used extensively.

Dentures are prosthetic devices that are an alternative to missing teeth. They also restore oral functions that were lost due to missing teeth and additionally, cosmetically, the appearance of a person is also restored. Dentures are constructed using molds; therefore, each individual shall have a customized denture to suit their needs.

A full denture would typically include, flesh-colored acrylic bases which fit exactly over the gums. The base of the upper denture covers the roof of the mouth and the lower one has a metal wire in the front to provide space for the tongue.

How Important Are Partial Dentures?

According to the American College of Prosthodontists, a staggering number of people worldwide are missing teeth. About 23 million people have lost all their teeth, and another 12 million are missing teeth in one arch. Most of these folks, about 90%, use partial dentures to replace their missing teeth. And get this – that number is expected to skyrocket to 200 million in the next 15 years!

Partial dentures are a big deal when it comes to helping people out. They do more than just fill in the gaps left by missing teeth. Partial dentures can keep plaque from building up, help fix speech problems caused by missing teeth, and even make your mouth look like it did before you lost those teeth, like if you had an accident or something. Plus, wearing partial dentures can boost your confidence and make you feel better about yourself. So, they’re not just about looks – they can have a big impact on your overall well-being.

What Are the Different Types of Dentures?

When it comes to dentures, there are generally three main types, each serving its own unique role and purpose in restoring oral health and function.

Understanding the differences between these types is crucial for individuals seeking tooth replacement solutions.

Conventional Complete Denture

A full denture is conventionally inserted when all the teeth in the mouth are missing. The traditional complete denture is sealed in the mouth with the gums. At times, dental implants are also added surgically which are placed on the bones of the jaw.

After the mouth has healed, a conventional full denture is inserted. In such a case, time is given for the tissues to heal.

Immediate Complete Denture

In such a scenario, immediately after the extraction of teeth and surgery, this complete denture is inserted. A growing concern however remains the frequent visits to the dentists in case of an immediate complete denture as this kind of a denture needs to be re-aligned very often as, throughout the healing process, the denture keeps getting loose.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are constructed taking the natural existing teeth of the patient into account. Basically, the entire denture is made in a manner that only fills up the spaces where teeth do not exist anymore.

4 Types of Partial Dentures Available with Online Dental Labs

1. Acrylic Partial Dentures

A lightweight and comfortable option, acrylic partial dentures are very convenient to use. They blend in with the color of the gums and look very natural. These kinds of dentures should be made with high aesthetic and rigid options of acrylic. It is one of the most effective and commonly used dentures.

2. Clear Retainer Partial Dentures

As its name suggests, the clear retainer is transparent and not even visible when it is inserted in the mouth. It basically fits over the existing teeth and provides support and structure. It is a very affordable alternative to getting your beautiful smile back.

3. Flexible Partial Dentures

A flexible partial denture is a highly sophisticated piece of equipment. These flexible dentures do not completely cover all the teeth like other rigid options but rather give a lot of breathing space to all the existing teeth as well. They do not have any metal clasps and cover only the required teeth, therefore, look very natural and it is hard to make out that a partial denture is worn. Further, they are made from a non-allergenic nylon resin material which is very gentle on the gums and also ensures that the mouth remains odorless and stainless as the material does not absorb.

4. Nesbit Flexible Partial Dentures

One of the best options is the Nesbit Partial if limited teeth are to be replaced. If a single tooth is to be replaced, the non-allergenic and metal-free option may be resorted to. It is very small in size and exactly fits the portion required. The denture offers the ideal degree of stability and flexibility for a single tooth replacement.

Explore Our Different Types of Partial Dentures

Addressing your missing teeth is a key step in regaining your confidence and smile, no matter which option you choose. DLD can help you achieve your dental health goals with a range of partial dentures, which are a cost-effective option if you have multiple missing teeth. 

Contact us today to learn more about how we can give you a new smile in only four weeks!

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