What are partial dentures and their types?
A partial denture is a type of removable denture which only replaces part of the mouth’s teeth, and can be placed on both the maxilla, the upper jaw, or the mandible, the lower jaw. An example image is shown on the left. They can be made from either cobalt/chrome or acrylic. The chrome dentures contain a metal framework which is placed at the back of existing teeth, and clasps can be used to hold the denture in position. A chrome partial denture is used for patients with healthy teeth as they have to support the strong chrome within the denture. On the other hand, the acrylic resin partial denture is supported by the toothless regions in the jaw’s arch, and by the hard palate, also known as the roof of the mouth. This option is more economic, has greater aesthetic quality, but also comes with greater risk of mouth conditions such as gum disease and periodontitis if proper oral hygiene is not maintained.
Why would partial dentures require repair?
Damage to partial dentures can occur for a variety of reasons, such as poor fitting, pressure from normal mouth function such as speaking or eating, or even regular wear and tear due to the effect of time. The clasps on the chrome dentures may become loose, or you may just drop it. If the denture requires repair, ADHPL sends the denture to the lab for repair for a spotless denture ready on the same day or early the next day.