A removable partial denture is designed specifically to meet the needs of the patient by replacing one or more missing teeth. As a result, the patient regains their natural appearance and speech clarity is restored along with the ability to masticate food more efficiently, improving digestion. A partial denture may help limit the movement of the existing natural teeth.
Metal partial dentures are generally preferred as they are structurally superior. They are thinner and more hygienic than an acrylic partial. Acrylic partials are typically used as a transitional or temporary partial. NC Prosthodontic Specialists always consult with their patients to determine the appropriate partial that best serves their needs.
A partial denture may have a metal framework and clasps that connect to the patient’s teeth that are often visible. This can be resolved with a more natural look by placing one or more implants, allowing the partial denture to snap-onto the implants and the clasps removed. In some cases, a removable partial denture is made to attach to the patient’s natural teeth or to implants with devices called precision attachments. Precision attachments are generally more esthetic than clasps.
A patient’s specific needs and anatomy dictate the design of the partial denture and every effort is made to fabricate a prosthesis that preserves the remaining teeth and oral tissues. NC Prosthodontic Specialists will design your partial denture so that the chewing forces are evenly distributed over the entire surface of the remaining teeth and soft tissues. Changes to the remaining teeth may be recommended to help equalize these forces. As Prosthodontists, the Drs. have the additional education and training to provide patients with a comfortable, natural-looking partial denture.