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Pros and Cons of Metal Free Partials

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With advancements in denture technology, you might be considering whether metal-free partials are the right choice for you. When choosing dentures, factors such as cost, durability, and adaptability to changes in your mouth should be taken into account. The best option varies for each individual, depending on their current needs and future expectations. 

Since dentures are worn daily, comfort and practicality are important considerations. Various materials, including acrylic, flexible resin, and metal alloys, are available, and finding the most suitable one for your needs can be a bit overwhelming. 

Let’s explore the options to help you make an informed decision that aligns with your lifestyle and preferences.

Metal Partials

Partial dentures that include metal use the material as a means of connecting with teeth that remain in the mouth. They typically feature at least two clasps that securely grip onto the existing teeth, with the possibility of minor connectors for added support.

Because they already have firmer connections to the teeth, metal partial dentures tend to be smaller in length, height, and thickness. The clasps may also be visible – while they look similar to existing teeth, this may be an aesthetic drawback.

Metal partials are also significantly more expensive than their acrylic or plastic counterparts—anywhere between 25% and 75%. Additionally, they are hard to change, so more lost teeth can only increase their cost.

Metal Free Partials

Metal-free partial dentures are typically made of acrylic or plastic. Because they don’t include metal clasps, they tend to be slightly larger than metal partials. However, advances in denture technology have made them equal in comfort to metal dentures.

One of the biggest advantages of metal-free partial dentures is their cost. They are significantly less expensive than metal partials, making them much more accessible to the vast majority of people requiring them. This also makes them a better fit for people who might lose more teeth down the line – they are easier to replace.

Because metal-free partials are not held as firmly in place, an accurate impression must be made. Failing to do so can result in sore spots and gum damage around the teeth. Because of the material they are made of, they are also somewhat more prone to damage and require more cleaning.


Aesthetic appeal: made from materials that closely resemble the natural color and appearance of gums and teeth
Comfortable: typically lightweight, making them more comfortable to wear
Short adjustment period: the flexibility and lightweight nature of these dentures can result in a shorter adjustment period
Durable: materials used in metal-free partial dentures are still robust and can withstand the forces of chewing and speaking well


Risk of breaks: susceptible to fractures or breakage compared to rigid metal frameworks
Not Suitable for All Cases: not for situations where greater stability or support is required
Cost: can sometimes be more expensive than traditional metal-based dentures


So, which is the better choice: metal partial dentures or acrylic partial dentures? While metal partials have historically had a significantly better fit than acrylic partials, advances have made the difference between the two virtually indistinguishable.

Three considerations to make include:

  • Affordability – For those on a budget, the question of price is a no-brainer. Metal-free partials are significantly more affordable and can be ordered online to avoid the expense of visiting a dentist.
  • Lifestyle — Metal dentures are more durable than metal-free partials. This makes them slightly more viable for those living more active lifestyles, particularly younger people who may have lost teeth to an accident rather than underlying conditions. They require somewhat less maintenance and cleaning, although best practices for cleaning partial dentures should be followed regardless of the material they are made of.
  • Adaptability – For people who may lose more teeth in the future, metal partials are much more expensive to change and adapt to the conditions of more tooth loss. Metal-free partial dentures are a wiser investment for these individuals, as they can be replaced or customized at less cost.

Order Flexible Dentures

With Dental Lab Direct, ordering flexible, metal-free partial dentures is hassle-free and as simple as one, two, or three. We offer customized, flexible dentures at affordable prices. Our appliances are professionally crafted using FDA-approved materials that are safe for you and your family.

Here at Dental Lab Direct, we aim to keep things user-friendly and stress-free. When you complete our three-step ordering process, you save a trip to the dentist’s office and will receive your custom appliance in just a few weeks. 

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