Acrylic partial dentures design

Professional Denture Help  July 5, 2015 – 12:35 pm
Partial Dentures - Lafayette LA Louisiana | Advance Dental Designs

"I need a denture – what are my options?"

• Conventional removeable partial dentures
• Precision and semi-precision partial dentures
• Conventional over-denture
• Implant over-denture
• Immediate dentures - what to expect
• Wearing a new denture – what to expect
• Why consider a metal base denture?
]back to top[• Conventional Removable Partial Dentures
A partial denture is useful for a person missing some teeth, but still having a number of natural teeth.

This device is also called a removable prosthesis, and is a means by which artificial replacement teeth are held in the mouth. The prosthesis is commonly kept in place by means of clasps. These are thin finger-like structures, usually made of a special resilient metal alloy or sometimes plastic, that rest upon and wrap around some remaining natural teeth. Clasps keep the prosthesis securely in place but still allow a person to easily take it out for regular cleaning and proper brushing of remaining natural teeth.

Some reasons for having a partial denture made
•Replace missing teeth•Improve ability to chew more naturally• Chew food with confidence• Make it possible to eat certain favorite foods•Maintain a healthier and socially acceptable mouth•Aids in the preservation of remaining natural teeth•Help prevent or treat problems of the TMJ (the jaw joint)•Often improve speech•Helps develop a more pleasing and confident smile•Support the face - - often with a more youthful appearance•Enhance self esteem•An economical way to replace missing teeth•Many times an additional tooth may be added to an existing partial denture if a natural tooth is lost•In most cases crowning teeth is not necessary to fit a partial denture•Partial dentures are usually easy to repair if they are brokenEsthetics and the conventional partial denture

Generally, clasp design is reasonably esthetic, and often it is possible for them not to be seen. However, depending upon partial denture design, which is based on mouth conditions, there may be some show of clasps. Often this is not an appearance problem. However, if avoiding an unacceptable show of clasps would compromise optimal partial denture design, various special attachments may sometimes be employed to do away with conventional clasps. These attachments are more technically complex and often are referred to as precision or semi-precision attachments.

How long will a partial denture last?

On average, a partial denture may be expected to last about five years. Depending upon circumstances, a certain removable prosthesis can last a shorter or longer time.

How often should a partial denture be checked?


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...and similar materials are vinyl-based denture materials. To my knowledge they are not used for crowns and fixed bridges--and would be far too soft to use for this purpose.
The rationale for Valplast is that clasp-like extensions of the denture base can be made to snap over the teeth. They can be pink (to match the gum) or white (to match the teeth). What you gain compared to traditional acrylic-based dentures is that you don't use metal clasps in a cosmetically critical area.
You do however sacrifice some stability when compared to partial dentures with cast metal frames

You don't say

...which upper teeth are remaining, nor what kind of condition they are in.
The vast majority of overdentures made are on the lower jaw. This is mostly because most people do fairly well with full upper dentures. An exception would be a severe gagger.
If you have a good distribution of upper teeth in decent condition, it seems the logical low-cost option is a partial denture.
However, I sense from your original post that you have a "temporary" and I assume this means an acrylic-based partial denture.
If the remaining teeth are in poor shape and you are not a gagger, there is nothing to lose by trying a full upper denture first

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