Posted on: 20 October 2022
Partial dentures are an effective way to replace a small number of missing teeth. You can use this kind of denture to replace a single tooth or a couple of consecutive teeth. You can even use a partial plate to fill gaps around existing natural teeth.
Partial dentures can be made from different materials, such as metals or acrylics. Acrylics are often a good all-around option here. Why?
Get a More Comfortable Fit
While partial dentures with metal or harder plastic plates work well, you might find that a denture with an acrylic base is more comfortable to wear. Dental technicians can mold acrylics to fit your mouth more snugly.
Plus, acrylic partials are often lighter than other dentures. You'll find it easier to wear a denture if you don't notice it is there.
Get Fast Repairs
While all dentures are strong, they can still crack or break. Sometimes, this happens if you accidentally drop a denture on a hard surface; some materials also lose some of their strength as they age.
The materials your dentures are made from affecting their repairability. For example, it's hard to mend a metal plate on a partial denture that has cracked or broken. Typically, you'll have to have a new denture made.
Acrylic dentures are easier to fix. A technician can simply use liquid acrylic to fill in cracks and breaks. Once the acrylic dries, it holds the plate together again.
Get Future Flexibility
If you lose more teeth over time, then you might need to pay for a new partial denture. Some materials give you a fixed solution; you can't change the denture to fit changing needs.
Acrylic dentures are more flexible. If you have enough room on your plate, then you can expand the denture to add another tooth if you need to.
This should be cheaper than having a new denture made. Plus, you'll already be used to wearing your existing denture, so you won't need much time to adapt to wearing it after it has been expanded.
You can also make partial dentures fit more securely over time if you need to. This isn't always possible with other materials such as metals.
For example, you can have clasps added to partial acrylic dentures down the line. These clasps attach the dentures to existing natural teeth. They make them more secure.
This is often useful as you get older. If your facial shape changes, then your partial denture might not fit as snugly as it used to. If you add clasps to it, then it fits better, and you won't have to pay to have a new denture made.
For more advice, talk to a dentist.Share