Most denture problems occur with the lower denture. This is generally because the tongue has the effect of lifting the denture off of its resting position. Therefore a full lower denture should be avoided if at all possible.
If you have good solid teeth that we feel can last you for a very long time, then we will probably recommend a partial denture. It has small clasps around the remaining natural teeth that help stabilize and secure the denture for a more comfortable fit and keep your teeth from shifting. Replacing missing teeth also evens your bite, relieving the stresses on your remaining teeth and making it more comfortable to chew. On the upper it has an added advantage of not having to cover the entire roof of your mouth.
There are several different types of partial dentures that can be used depending on your situation.
Cast Metal Partial Denture
This partial denture is made with a cast frame and metal clasps that helps keep it in place. This is the traditional partial denture. It has good stability and strength and holds up very well over a long period of time.
Precision Partial Denture
These partial dentures are made to show as little metal as possible.
They are held in place by using special attachments that are fitted to your teeth. These are little devices buried in the denture that lock into crowns for stability, but are not visible to other people. These attachments help hide the clasps so that they are significantly less visible in your mouth.
Like a traditional Partial, a Precision Partial will help keep your teeth from shifting and even out the biting forces.
“Flipper” or Temporary Partial
These work very well when the remaining teeth are likely to be eventually lost or as a temporary fix until enough healing has taken place for a permanent bridge or partial.
As the name implies, these partials are metal free and highly flexible. They are held in place by pink, white or clear clasps that fit around the remaining teeth. There are no metal clasps so they offer a more natural appearance and blend in with your tissues making it less visible than a regular metal partial denture. It is less bulky and therefore fits comfortably.
Disadvantages are that the teeth are more likely to separate from the base, they are more difficult to repair and they put more pressure on the gum tissue.
There are situations where a Flexible Partial cannot be used.
Combination Flexi Partial
As the name suggests, these are a combination of flexible and a cast metal frame. These partial dentures are very functional.
Dr. Mark Williams
201 Maitland Avenue, Altamonte Springs
Providing great fitting dentures since 1968.