When a patient is missing several teeth, but not all of them, one option for tooth replacement is a dental partial. Partial dentures are removable appliances designed for patients who need to replace multiple missing teeth but don’t need full dentures. They can be a functional and affordable alternative for some people who are not candidates for dental implants. Dr. Srinivasan uses the highest quality materials to produce beautiful partial dentures for her patients.
Types of Partial Dentures
Cast Metal Partials
Traditional partial dentures are constructed of a cast metal framework to hold and secure the appliance into place. While they do provide strength, there can be drawbacks to cast metal partials such as metal sensitivities for some patients, and the possibility of metal being visible when smiling.
Modern alternatives to cast metal appliances are flexible and metal free. Patients who experience metal sensitivities can benefit from these newer metal-free partials. They are typically made to blend in with the teeth and gums, making them look less obvious and more aesthetically pleasing.
When it comes to metal-free partials, Dr. Srinivasan prefers the look and feel of Duraflex. Designed from lightweight and flexible materials that are made to match the teeth and the color of the gums, she feels it is the most comfortable and attractive choice for many patients. The results are natural looking and meant to blend in with your smile.
With any type of removable partial dentures, extra effort must be made on the patient’s part to stay vigilant in keeping the appliance and the surrounding teeth and gums clean. The dentist can discuss with you the pros and cons to having a dental partial and whether you would be a good candidate.
If you would like to explore the option of partial dentures, or if you have questions about which tooth replacement treatments might work best for you, call our office to schedule a consultation or request an appointment.