Partial dentures are removable dentures that replace the teeth that need replacement. We now offer tooth-colored clasps on partials which are much more esthetic especially for the upper teeth, an obvious smile zone.
Partials include treatment partials which are all plastic and have a preferred use as a temporary. They are less expensive and not really as strong or stable as regular partial dentures. They are useful when one or several teeth are lost and better treatment has to be postponed due to healing, cost, time available, and so on.
Partials get stability in several ways. The aforementioned treatment partial rests on the gums and gets more stability from the tongue side to the teeth and, if used, wire clasps that go around certain teeth for stability and retention.
The usual partial dentures involve occlusal rests cut into several teeth and cast metal framework. This provides extra stability and retention. The framework is tried in for fit and retention and then the teeth are added.
We can now make a hybrid partial that combines tooth colored clasps matched to the patient’s tooth color attached to the cast metal framework. They are very well-received.
Also, at times, flexible partials are useful. Their clasping is gum colored and no wire-like clasps are used. This type of partial is more difficult to adjust and repair but is esthetic. They are somewhat flimsy; however, they have certain appropriate applications.
We are now making quite a few partials in which we use teeth for some of the retention and implant attachments for others. If a patient loses all the teeth on one side but has partial denture abutment teeth present on the other side, the implant or implants work well for anchorage on the opposite side of the arch.
We also construct precision attachment partials that are without clasps. Crowns are made that have precision attachments on the crown. The partial has a precision attachment that fits to the crowns precision attachments.
Partials also utilize implants for support. Teeth may be in the area for support and implants with a clip or the like hold the partial in the areas. This is quite common now and we have many patients that enjoy such a method.
Berger Dental Group provides a full range of partial denture options.
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