There are pros and cons to each treatment option for edentulism. In many cases, removable options are prescribed to accommodate financial issues or physiology issues of the patients. As the problem of edentulism continues to grow and affect a large portion of the population, removable options will continue to be an important modality to consider for treatment.
For a lot of patients, a partial denture offers an acceptable option. They can help to improve mastication, facial appearance, keep teeth from moving, and help with phonetics. In addition, they provide a solution for those patients where financial issues create a barrier to other treatments. The two most commonly prescribed partial dentures are either a cast metal or a flexible metal-free option.
Cast Metal Partial Dentures
The cast metal partial denture is one of the most prescribed partial denture restorations . Vsmile offer cobalt chrome alloy for casting metal partial dentures. These restorations offer superior strength that creates a long-lasting solution to missing teeth. In addition, Vsmile cobalt chrome alloy is fracture-resistant.
They can be adjusted in a similar way as gold without becoming deformed and offer a precision fit. While this material offers a high strength that is fracture-resistant, it can be designed as a smaller, lighter frame for added comfort and esthetics.
In addition, Vsmile cobalt chrome alloy partial dentures offer the following benefits:
·High surface luster
·Resist plaque buildup
·Biocompatibility - the Vsmile alloys are beryllium and nickel free
·Long-standing clinical success
·Easy to adjust with no deformation
·Extremely comfortable to wear
These partials are best prescribed when the case requires rests or attachments to increase stabilization within the arch. This material is biocompatible and has many benefits.
However, one of the biggest disadvantages is the possible compromise to esthetics due to the metal clasps being placed where they are visible. In addition, these restorations can promote bone loss on the abutment teeth, create adverse tissue reactions, and or oral galvanism. Therefore, proper design and knowledge are key in creating these restorations.
Flexible Partial Denture
Another great option for partial dentures is Vsmile Acetal. This is a metal
Free flexible partial that offers an alternative to cast partial dentures.
The Vsmile Acetal is fabricated using thermoplastic biocompatible resin. The material is so resilient it is backed by a lifetime warranty protection against breakage of the partial base.
Besides being extremely durable, this option offers superior esthetics that patients expect. Patients are extremely knowledgeable and have high expectations, and this option helps to satisfy even the most discerning of patients. In addition, Vsmile acetal comes in a wide variety of tissue colors that enables these restorations to blend seamlessly in the oral cavity without the need for metal clasps.
These appliances provide more than an esthetic solution. They are important for proper mastication and to prevent unwanted tooth movements such as drifting or overeruption. For this appliance to be effective, you must wear it. Vsmile Acetal offers one of the most comfortable solutions for patients requiring a solution to missing dentition. When an appliance causes discomfort, compliance becomes difficult. The flexibility of Vsmile Acetal offers functionality and smooth integration within the mouth. Also, this flexible material provides for equal distribution of the forces of mastication, improving the longevity of the partial.
Flexible partials provide maximum comfort, are long-lasting, and provide an excellent solution for patients who need an affordable solution to their tooth loss. In addition, it has been in clinical practice for over 60 years, making it a great treatment option.
The key to the success of either a cast partial denture or flexible partial denture is the proper planning and designing of the appliance. When these are not planned correctly or fabricated correctly, they can cause the patient harm, such as periodontal diseases, issues with plaque, and caries.