Types of partial dentures clasps

Types of Dentures: The Differences Explained  May 5, 2015 – 12:23 am

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are one way to replace teeth that are missing. Partial dentures usually refer to the type that can be removed (as opposed to fixed partial dentures,usually called bridges).

Before a partial denture is fitted,any other work that is needed in the mouth is usually carried out first. This will include any fillings and gum work that is needed. Sometimes the teeth that hold the partial denture in place will need adjusted,built out or even crowned to help secure the denture better.

The base of the denture is made from either metal or plastic (acrylic),and the teeth are usually acrylic (although porcelain teeth are sometimes used).

The base can include metal clasps and attachments to help keep the denture secure.

“Which material is best?”

The different types of partial denture material have different benefits and drawbacks.

  • Metal partial dentures have superior strength and can be made smaller and thinner than plastic ones. They are generally more hygienic and more tolerable as they do not need to cover as much of the mouth. However they are much more expensive to make than plastic dentures.
  • Plastic dentures are cheaper and easier to make. They may damage the gums around natural teeth if not designed and then cleaned properly. They are often the ideal choice as immediate dentures,i.e. an immediate replacement for teeth that need to be extracted.
  • An advance in plastic dentures is a new type of flexible denture which may suit some mouths very well.

The choice between the two will be made with your dentist although metal dentures are usually the best in the long-term,so long as they can be afforded.

Complete Dentures

These are dentures that are placed on a jaw that has no natural teeth remaining. They are usually made from plastic (acrylic). They therefore rest directly on the gum that overlies the bone in the mouth.

Upper dentures are usually much more stable than lower dentures. This is because of the suction that can be gained from covering the roof of the mouth. This suction is not possible in the lower jaw due to the position of the tongue.

Immediate dentures

These are dentures that are fitted immediately after a tooth or several teeth are extracted. They are a temporary denture,used to replace these teeth as the mouth heals. This process can take several months,so the final denture/bridge etc. is not fitted until the healing is complete.

In the interim time the immediate denture (sometimes referred to as a ‘flipper’) acts as a ‘stop-gap’. Acrylic (plastic) is normally used to make this type of denture. Acrylic can be easily adjusted and remolded as the gum shrinks away after extraction.


There are a variety of different types of dentures. They differ in terms of how they are held in your mouth and in terms of the materials made to make them. Which type of denture you may need and which material is best can be decided with your dentist.


Source: dentalcarematters.com

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Dr Bornfeld

I know that you check here regularly. I have typical 'English teeth' I hate stereotypes but my teeth are in a bad way and I have suffered a lot of bone loss and my front teeth are decidely 'wobbly'. I'm finally addressing the problem and the dentist says that she will remove up to 10 after the holidays and make partial dentures. My questions:
Do you think they can be removed in two surgeries?
Is it very expensive to have a temporary denture fitted while my gums heal? {I'm a front of house receptionist]
I have Aetna insurance through work but I have the feeling this is going to cost me $$s

I want to chose the remedy

That will be the best solution for the current problem and alleviate or lessen future problems, at the right "cost".
I don't think everyone is after my money. It feels that way because I'm being told to do the treatment as soon as possible. If money were the only determining issue, I'd just get the denture/partial. I'm in sticker shock, lack information, and experiencing differnet emotions...ure?
Also, what do people do during the period between extractions, healing/bone graft, and getting the implant and crown? Do they use a temporary denture/partial to retain the space between existing teeth so they don't drift, and so they can eat healthy meals?
Can I take care of one side and then 6-9 months later do the other?
Your responses were/are very helpful. Thanks again.

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

I'm midway through implants process

I had three implants inserted in January. Dentist and specialist jointly determined (by x-ray) that there was enough remaining bone to take the implants. (I hope they're right!) I've seen the dentist for checks on three occasions thus far and he tells me they look fine. They'll take more x-rays late May to see if there's been sufficient growth of bone over and around the implants (i.e., "ossification") and if so, will proceed to the creation of crowns and/or a fixed bridge; I'm still not sure what we're talking about there.
Right now I'm dealing with a partial denture (which I hate) to keep teeth from spreading out any more than they already have

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