For a person missing several teeth, a partial denture can be used to restore oral health. Partial dentures are available in two forms. The prosthesis is made from a metal framework that holds the plastic teeth and gums in place. There is also a valpalst flexible base partial denture. They provide the best appearance since it contains no metal at all and blends very naturally with your existing gums. Valplast uses a unique tissue bearing technique for retention for which no tooth or tissue preparation is needed. The stability and retention come from the very close fit of the denture and the flexible gum colored clasps that extend from the denture to tightly grip the natural teeth. It is slightly flexible and smaller and thinner than acrylic dentures. Each option presents its own benefits, depending on the needs of the patient.
Removable partial dentures can be removed and reinserted without the help of a dental professional. They attach to the remaining natural teeth with a metal or gum colored clasp. This ability to be removed allows for easy maintenance and cleaning.
Another benefit of removable partial dentures is the minimal tooth preparation that they require. The tooth structure must be slightly removed to accommodate the device; depending on the type of partial denture you get.
A fixed partial denture is a permanently attached prosthetic device, supported by implants or prepared natural teeth, that replaces one or more missing teeth. The fixed partial denture is better known as a bridge, and is recognized as an advanced dental solution.