Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases. Depending on your needs, the dentist will design a partial denture for you. A partial denture may have a metal framework and clasps that connect to your teeth, or they can have other connectors that are more natural looking. In some cases, a removable partial denture is made to attach to your natural teeth with devices called precision attachments. Precision attachments are generally more esthetic than clasps.
In addition to the cast metal partial, our office now allows for what are called removable partial dentures that are flexible and more esthetically pleasing than more traditional dentures. These partial dentures are a great alternative for patients who prefer to wear a removable denture rather than a fixed restoration such as a dental bridge or dental implants. The flexible base of the appliance adapts to the constant movement and flexibility in the mouth.
Flexible partial dentures are custom fabricated in a dental laboratory according to the specifications your dentist provides. They can only be placed by a licensed dentist after an impression of your mouth has been taken, and are only available by prescription. Because the procedure is minimally invasive, the flexible partials involve a very simple preparation and your natural teeth don't need to be altered in any way. Additionally, the materials used in the flexible partials blend with the tissue in your mouth for a look that is completely natural.
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