What are Acrylic Partials?
Acrylic partials are the denture teeth attached to an acrylic base plate. Acrylic partial also known as a flipper is the denture made up without the use of metal and is fitted tightly and closely against the natural teeth and gums. Acrylic partials are often desired by patients due to the quick and easy and comfortable dentures and can be easily taken in and out.
They provide good stability and retention because of the tightly fitted denture fitting against the gums and natural teeth and the use of wrought metal clasps to grip the teeth. It is made up by using premium heat-cured acrylic denture for high level id aesthetics, patient satisfaction and durability to improve function of the teeth.
Process of Acrylic Partials
Acrylic partials are a permanent treatment option to replace the missing teeth. Here are the procedure of acrylic partials patient need to go through:
- Oral Examination: The condition of the patient’s teeth is checked and x-ray is taken to get a clear picture of the teeth.
- Impression taken: After an examination, some impression of the patient’s teeth will need to be taken and sent to specialized technicians to create acrylic partials based on the impression taken of patients teeths and gums.
- Bite registration: After creating the acrylic partials bite registration is done to determine jaw relationship, match the shape, color and proportions with natural teeth.
- Trail: Trial partial dentures are set in on the patient’s gums to know whether it will fit, patient assessment of look, assessment of technical aspects.
- Follow up: Once it is fit, patients need to come to the dental clinic for regular follow up.
Who are the acrylic partials for?
- Patients who have partially or fully missing teeth
- Patients with badly broken down or decayed teeth
- Patients with compromised teeth due to gum disease
- Individuals with reduced bone density who cannot undergo a bone grafting process
Advantages and Disadvantages of Acrylic Partials
Advantages of acrylic partials are:
- Less expensive than other partials
- Convenient; easy to take in and out
- Easy to add teeth and reline
- Patient comfort
Disadvantages of acrylic partials are:
- Less comfortable
- Cover large portion of roof of the mouth
- Break easily
- Prevent drifting of teeth.
- Temporary replacement of anterior teeth.
- Tooth of poor prognosis.
- When a patient has to receive complete immediate denture without previous experience or treatment procedure.
Components of acrylic partial denture
- Acrylic denture base
- Artificial denture teeth
- Direct clasps/ retainer