Many people probably think that only one kind of dentures exist. They may remember the full sets of dentures their grandparents left in a glass overnight. This full set of dentures will not work for those dealing with only the loss of some of their teeth, and not all. However, partial dentures probably will answer their need.
Partial dentures, often RPDs or removable partial dentures, come in a variety of types. Perhaps the most common and least expensive type is the flipper. This RPD has a brittle pink plastic base that sits against the inside of the mouth. Fake teeth are attached to this base. Two metal rods circle two natural teeth and keep the flipper in place. Another RPD, probably the oldest of these types of dentures is the cast metal denture. In fact, Paul Revere himself, a silversmith, made an early form of these dentures. Cast metal dentures sit on top of the mouth and teeth rather than on the gums and thus reduce the chances of irritated gums. Also, they don't aggravate TMJ symptoms and may help minimize grinding of the teeth.
Other less common partial dentures include flexible framework, the vitallium/valplast, the nesbit, and the cusil partial dentures. Those individuals interested in one of these types should look at the links below or do their own research. Also, don't forget to talk to your own dentist. Only he or she will fully known what dentures will work best for you.
Dr Spiller, an experienced dentist, gives this list of commonly used partial dentures and what distinguishes each from the other. Along with describing the main features of each RPD, he also describes the benefits and drawbacks, giving those shopping for partial dentures an informative overview of their choices.
Individuals with questions about partial dentures will probably want to check out this site. The author answers simple questions such as, "How do you wear a removable partial denture," and slightly more complex questions regarding the care of your dentures. Also, he offers advice on what to do if your dentures need changes. For those with little to no prior knowledge of dentures, this question and answer page may be invaluable.
Simple Steps Dental explains "the how's" and "the why's" of dentures-why people might need dentures and how they work. They also explain "the what" of dentures-what differentiates one type of denture from the other. Those not sure whether they need a full or partial denture may especially appreciate this source as it gives almost equal time to explaining each type.