Dr. Stephen A. Price


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Partial Dentures

What are Partial Dentures?

Aside from full dentures, Dr. Price and his Burke team is also known for specializing in partial dentures.  Partial dentures support a number of teeth that have to be replaced by using a plastic base or a metal framework that is anchored to the natural teeth by clasps.  Partial dentures are an option when the patient has one or more natural teeth left in the upper or lower jaw. Patients can choose from 2 types of designs, partial dentures made from a metal framework or plastic partial dentures.  Those made with a metal framework is the conventional design and is preferred over plastic because of its durability and strength.  Plastic partial dentures are usually used by dentist as temporary replacements before a permanent restorative solution is available.

What are the types of Partial Dentures?

Removable partial dentures are usually composed of a pink or gum colored plastic base that holds the replacement teeth.  These types of partial dentures are usually recommended for patients with some missing teeth on a particular arch.

Fixed partial dentures are also known as a crown or a bridge. This permanent appliance replaces missing teeth by fitting a dental crown on the patient’s remaining teeth.  These crowns would serve as abutments and pontics and are then cemented into place using dental cement.  This is a good solution to preventing adjacent teeth from drifting out of their normal positions.  This type is a more expensive alternative compared to removable appliances, but guarantees more stability.

What are the advantage and disadvantage of Partial Dentures?

Partial dentures are the least expensive solution to replace missing teeth.  In case any of the adjacent teeth would need extractions in the future, it is very easy to adjust by adding more teeth, or removing the metal clasps to accommodate the change in tooth structure.



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