Partial dentures are used to replace one or more missing teeth and can be made from a variety of materials. Most commonly partial dentures are made from acrylic.
These are relatively simple and quick to make. However, they can be quite bulky. The thickness of the material is what gives it its strength and if it is made too thin it will break.
Metal frames can be used to strengthen partial dentures and this also allows them to be made far smaller. The metal frame can also be used to wrap around your remaining teeth. This dramatically improves the fit and the retention of the denture. Some people don’t like metal framed dentures because the metalwork can sometimes be visible. However, this can be overcome in most cases by using tooth coloured components in more visible areas.
More recently, flexible dentures have gained in popularity as they offer patients an aesthetic alternative to metal based partial dentures, with good retention and no metal clasps. Flexible dentures work best when a few natural teeth remain as they rely on these teeth for support.
An initial consultation will allow us to determine your individual needs. We will examine your mouth and possibly take x-rays. It is important that your mouth is healthy before making new dentures.
We adopt a team approach at Cape Road Dental Practice to ensure our patients get the best possible results and this often involves our dentists working closely with a Clinical Dental Technician (CDT). Our dentists will ensure that your mouth is healthy and carry out any necessary remedial work before you see a Clinical Dental Technician.
Our resident CDT will discuss all your options and ensure that you fully understand the treatments being offered. In order to construct your dentures, it is important to record your exact jaw shape and bite profile. This can be done with conventional putty impressions or using a digital scanner. The digital scanner is a great option for patients who don’t cope well with conventional impressions.
Your dentures will be constructed so that they match your natural teeths’ shape, size, and colour. During the fitting process, we will fit you with a trial set of dentures to check the fit and appearance. Once you’re happy with your new smile, the final dentures will be created and fitted.
Alternatives to dentures
If you are unsure whether dentures are right for you, or if you’re looking for a solution that is permanently fixed in place, there are other options to explore. Dental implants or bridges might be an option worth considering. One of our team will be more than happy to discuss this with you.
To find out more about partial dentures, speak to Cape Road today. Call 01926 491029 or fill out the form below. You can also book a consultation.