Partial dentures are an option when not all of your teeth need to be removed. When possible, it is always recommended to save as many teeth as possible because they can act as anchors to attach your partial. This allows a more stable, functional partial denture. Partial dentures only replace the teeth that are missing and the color is matched to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth so they are undetectable. There are many types of partial dentures each with their own advantages and disadvantages. They are:
- Precision attachment—for patients seeking exceptional care.
- Cast gold with surveyed and splinted abutment teeth—for patients seeking exceptional care.
- Cast surgical alloy with or without survey and splinted teeth—the most common type, very serviceable.
- Flexible acrylic—tissue supported—almost unbreakable.
- Acrylic with or without bent wire clasps—frequently used as a temporary appliance, very common because of lower cost.