Calgary Partial Dentures
Calgary Partial dentures are one of the ways to restore missing teeth in the dental arches. Removable or fixed partial dentures usually consist of prosthetic teeth attached to the gum colored prosthetic bases, often supported by the reinforcements, called frameworks.
A Calgary partial denture is usually indicated for partially edentulous patients who wish to have an easy method to replace missing teeth for functional or aesthetic reasons, without the complexity or associated costs of bridges. The hygienic considerations may also be a decisive factor.
Partial dentures Calgary, as any other treatment, have their pros and cons. It is important to know both in order to make an informed decision about the type partial denture that is most appropriate for you. If the benefits of a specific partial denture treatment outweigh its limitations, the decision could be easily made for that alternative. If the opposite is true, treatment options such as Dental implants or bridges should be explored.
There are two main groups of Calgary partial dentures: metal base and metal -free partials. At first, one might assume that metal free dentures are better because they are more biocompatible and contain no metal. These assumptions are not necessarily true. Under the chewing function, both metal and metal free partial dentures are subject to stress. When we mention this to our patients we usually hear: “Yeah, but aren’t we all?”
On a more serious note, “partials” are partially supported by the teeth on which the appliance is placed. Underlying soft tissue structures provide support during the mastication.(fancy dental word for chewing), thus resulting in increased demands on the rigidity and strength of the frameworks.
Biocompatible materials such as medical grade titanium and gold may be used in the construction of the partial dentures. Gone are the days when your grandma wore a partial made out of recycled front bumper of 1967 Buick.
All the materials used in the fabrication of oral appliances must conform to the internationally accepted standards as well as Health Canada guidelines. We inspect each case we complete at Pearl, for the biocompatibility from our in-house or external dental laboratory. In fact, once the case is delivered, certification of biocompatibility becomes a permanent part of the dental chart. Perhaps your partial denture was fabricated elsewhere. Out of curiosity, ask to see a certification of a biocompatibility from that provider.
In some circumstances, metal free partials are the right solution. Specifically, flexible partials or Valplast partials are those offered in our practice. Pearl has had great success with these appliances.
The major drawback of the treatment is poor reparability of the flexible base materials. In the event of a break, repair or an addition to a flexible partial, it cannot be predictably repaired. In some cases, the cost of replacement instead of a repair alone could sway the patient in favor of cast partial denture designs or a simple acrylic partial denture. On the other hand, flexible partial dentures are more comfortable to wear and have no clasps (hooks around the teeth). Females often choose this treatment for aesthetic reasons.
Plastic or acrylic partials are indicated when cost is a factor. Often it becomes a treatment of choice at the time of a dental surgery as a means for replace missing dentition during the healing phase. To learn more about immediate or transitional partial dentures, visit the Immediate Dentures page on our site.
Partial denture care deserves special attention. Very often, it is perceived that a fixed bridge is a better solution than a partial denture because of what we call at Pearl a “cement it and forget it” attitude. Contrary to prevalent beliefs, permanently cemented bridges are hygienically inferior to conventional partial dentures.
Keep in mind that it is physically impossible to floss between teeth in a bridge or brush under them. This is not so with a partial denture. Your teeth would stay longer free of plaque and calculus as well as that dreadful secondary decay if you choose a partial denture instead of cemented bridge.
At the delivery appointment, our practitioners will review the partial denture care procedures. It is important to adhere completely to the hygiene instructions given. Partial denture care is crucial to the overall success and longevity of your oral appliance and overall dental health. At our clinic, we are committed to discussing all of the available options with you during the consultation and oral exam appointment. If you are ready to make Pearl your provider of choice or would like more information to make the right decision, please book your first appointment with our patient relations staff now. View Our Calgary Dentures page