Types of partial dentures
Partial dentures represent one of the most efficient solutions for tooth loss, which can be extremely frustrating and embarrassing. Partial dentures are designed to help or prevent TMJ issues, make it possible to eat normally and improve your overall appearance. Partial dentures are available in different types to suit each patient's individual oral health needs. Only an experienced dentist can determine which type is best for you after tests and thorough examinations. Depending on the type, partial dentures are made of acrylic, metal and plastic.
Depending on the means by which they can be attached in the mouth, partial dentures can be divided into three types: precision, semi-precision and conventional dentures. Each type of partial dentures has its pros and cons. Conventional dentures are kept in place by clasps while precision and semi-precision are attached with mechanical interlocking components. The downside to conventional dentures is that clasps may become visible thus compromising your appearance. Precision and semi-precision dentures are not only more expensive but also more difficult to adjust and fabricate. Patients may need to have some of the components replaced periodically. However, they also offer improved comfort, fit and aesthetics. If you're in need of partial dentures make sure you discuss it with your dentist prior to making any decision.