Plastic Surgery

Partial dentures

What are the Partial dentures?

Dentures are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth, and which are supported by surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity.

Conventional dentures are removable, however there are many different denture designs, some which rely on bonding or clasping onto teeth or dental implants. There are two main categories of dentures: partial dentures and full dentures, depending on whether they are used to replace missing teeth on the mandibular arch or the maxillary arch.

Partial dentures, used for patients who are missing some of their teeth on a particular arch.

They are often composed of a metal frame and plastic teeth. The area that covers the gum is usually made from a softer plastic that will match the exact shape of the gum. In most cases, partial dentures must be affixed to surrounding teeth with metal clasps. On the other hand, bridges can be cemented into place. While they are not removable, they tend to work better when it comes to mimicking your natural teeth.

Special types of Partial dentures

There are also special types of partial dentures: Nesbit denture and Flipper denture. Nesbit denture is used to replace molars and other back teeth. Flipper dentures are mainly for the sake of appearance. They are made from acrylic, and can be used until you receive a bridge or implants. In most cases, you can get a Flipper as soon as teeth are extracted.

What kind of result can you expect?

Recovery period and recommendations

Possible side effects and complications

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