A Guide to Types of Partial Dentures and Costs

A review of Partial Dentures Offered by Stomadent Dental Laboratory

Different kinds of Partials

A Guide to Types of Partial Dentures and Costs

A review of Partial Dentures Offered by Stomadent Dental Laboratory

By Dr. Hudnall DMD

Removable partial dentures are a cost-effective method of replacing missing teeth, restoring both the form and function, and improving the patient’s self-confidence. In dentistry today, there are numerous materials and methods to accomplish this goal. Stomadent offers five different types of partial dentures, each with their own unique attributes and applications. In addition, we offer the opportunity to combine desirable elements from various types of partial dentures into a hybrid removable partial that completely customizes the appliance to suit a particular need or tooth configuration.

Titanium Metal Framework Partial Denture

Why titanium? Titanium is the most biocompatible metal for use in dentistry. Virtually no one is allergic to titanium. A removable partial denture framework made from titanium enjoys these desirable properties and it is roughly 400% lighter than most cobalt/chromium alloys. This translates into improved comfort for your patient.

Fabrication of the framework is revolutionarily different than the casting procedure used to make metal frameworks for most other partial dentures. The framework is manufactured via a proprietary CAD/CAM milling machine that can precisely print a 3-dimensional titanium framework from a void-free rectangular plate of metal. Doing this eliminates the labor-intensive steps that introduce errors into the final appliance. Without these errors, the titanium framework fits precisely upon delivery. There is no need to spend precious chairtime making adjustments.

Stomadent offers the Titanium Milled Partial Denture Framework to dentists for $199 – an incredible bargain for a hypo-allergenic option that offers incredible durability. Set up, processing and finishing incur additional fees, depending on the denture base material and teeth that are chosen to marry with the framework.

This partial denture framework offers a precise fit and the most durability of all partial dentures. The titanium framework is difficult to distort and corrosion resistant, making it stand up well to intended use and occasional abuse.

Titanium Partial

Starting at $199

Set up, processing and finishing incur additional fees, depending on the denture base material and teeth that are chosen to marry with the framework.

Titanium Partial

Starting at $193

Additional charges apply for setup, processing and finishing. Please see our Removable Fee Schedule brochure for additional details regarding pricing.

Wironium Cast Metal Partial Denture

Wironium is a proprietary nickel-free cobalt-chrome alloy developed by Bego USA, Inc. Wironium is similar in composition to many other brands of cobalt-chrome alloys that have been available to the dental profession for fabrication of cast metal partial denture frameworks for many years.

So, what’s different about it? Small changes in the cobalt-chrome formulation and a vacuum-casting processing method have resulted in an alloy that has a high resistance to deformation while the cast alloy itself remains semi-flexible and resists fracture of the metal clasps. These unique properties allow Wironium frameworks to be incredibly thin while also possessing great strength and durability.

Stomadent’s price point for a Wironium Partial Denture Framework begins at $193. Additional charges apply for setup, processing and finishing. Please see our Removable Fee Schedule brochure for additional details regarding pricing.

The real benefit of the Wironium framework is its retention system. No other metal partial framework compares to how its malleable clasps conform to the tooth contour. The properly designed clasps fit right at the time of delivery eliminating the need for excessive clasp modification at chairside. This reduces both chairtime and metal fatigue. Should adjustments be necessary, it is possible for the doctor to bend the clasps at chairside without the risk of breakage. Try that with other metal alloy formulations.

Valplast Flexible Removable Partial Dentures

Valplast partials are made from a thin, lightweight, thermoplastic material that is injection molded for precise tissue adaptation. They provide comfort for the wearer and offer improved esthetics without the use of unsightly metal clasps – or any metal at all. Their strength is obtained from tissue coverage. In many cases, it is difficult to tell where the partial ends and the natural teeth begin. Since the materials utilized are hypo-allergenic, Valplast is suitable for patients with allergies to denture monomers or nickel.

Valplast by Glidewell is manufactured from a combination of biocompatible nylon and thermoplastic resin. It is a great choice as a Nesbit partial for replacing one or two missing teeth, for patients who have teeth present on both sides of edentulous areas, and for patients whose teeth are less stable due to periodontal disease or recession. Valplast clasps don’t put force on the teeth – they hug the gums and are kind and gentle to the natural dentition. Since there are no tooth-supported occlusal rests, they rely on excellent adaptation to the underlying tissue for precise fit. Valplast is available in 3 tissue shades. The clasps are adapted close to the gingiva and are also made from tissue-colored or clear material, depending upon the location.

Stomadent is pleased to offer a complete Valplast flexible partial denture for $361, including the teeth. Modifications or special requests are available at an additional charge. Please see our Fee Schedule for pricing details.

Valplast partial dentures excel at flexibility and the ability to adapt to the contour of the underlying tissue. This type of partial is especially adaptable to tooth replacement solutions that incorporate the retention of some periodontally involved teeth.

Titanium Partial

Complete Partial Denture for $361 (Including the teeth)

Modifications or special requests are available at an additional charge. Please see our Fee Schedule for pricing details.

Titanium Partial

Starting at $207
(Framework Only)

Additional services are available for a nominal fee. Please see our Removable Fee Schedule for specific details.

Acetal Resin/Thermoflex Flexible Removable Partial Dentures

Made from a hypo-allergenic polyacetal resin, Zirlux Acetal partials literally disappear in the patient’s mouth. And, as an added bonus, it is a reversible procedure. If the patient’s health or financial situation changes, the possibility of an alternative, more permanent treatment option in the future can become a reality. Acetal can also be used as an excellent transitional restoration during healing for implant cases.

What is special about Zirlux Acetal? Zirlux Acetal partials have tooth-colored clasps that provide secure retention and disappear when the partial is inserted. No other partial offers this option or has this ability. This feature allows an Acetal partial to “shine” by being invisible when other partials aren’t. The resin material is available in VITA shades A1, A2, A3.5, B1, plus G2 (bleaching shade), and P1 (pink). These color choices allow for a wide range of color-matching options that work well with various tooth configurations.

The real benefits of Zirlux Acetal are the resin’s properties that provide both strength and semi-flexibility to the finished dental appliance. It is milled precisely for a comfortable fit, has excellent retention, and requires minimal adjustments. Since monomer is not used in its fabrication, the non-allergenic base minimizes tissue reactions and irritation. The elastic memory of Zirlux Acetal allows the clasps to cling deeply into the tooth’s undercut. Combine that with 3D CAD/CAM technology used to design the framework and clasp placement and you have an esthetic partial with clasps that blend and engage seamlessly with the abutment teeth.

Stomadent’s price point for Zirlux Acetal starts at $207 for the framework only. Additional services are available for a nominal fee. Please see our Removable Fee Schedule for specific details.

Acrylic Removable Partial Dentures

All-acrylic removable partial dentures are designed to be the most economical tooth replacement option within the family of partial dentures. Using a fabrication method composed of acrylic monomer and polymer that has been around for many decades, denture teeth are set into an acrylic baseplate. Wrought wire clasps may be incorporated into the acrylic base to help secure the partial to the abutment teeth. An acrylic partial is designed to be a temporary appliance that will eventually be replaced with a more permanent tooth-replacement option.  Digital designed acrylic partials offer a great alternative to traditional acrylic partials by eliminating toxic monomers, while insuring a precise fit by reducing distortion in the design and cast process.

The dentist’s cost for an acrylic removable partial denture begins at $226, without clasps. Please see Stomadent’s Fee Schedule for more specific pricing information and additional options.

An acrylic partial is the most economical removable partial denture. It is likely the easiest to modify at delivery. This makes it suitable to applications where the structure that supports the partial will change, such as immediate partial dentures and transitional appliances.

Acrylic Partial

Starting at $226 (without clasps)

Please see Stomadent’s Fee Schedule for more specific pricing information and additional options.

How Should a Partial Denture Fit?

Patients often ask “What is the best partial denture?” or “How should a partial denture fit?” The short answer is: it depends. It is a matter of personal opinion and patient comfort. Like the age-old question “Boxers or Briefs?” different people have different ideas of how well something should fit and what is comfortable to them. It is generally accepted that partials with metal frameworks fit more precisely and offer better chewing efficiency that partials made of a flexible material or all acrylic. But some patients can’t tolerate the inflexibility of a rigid partial framework.

Flexible partials are just that – flexible. They don’t have metal clasps. And that can be both good and bad. They are kind to the tissue. The baseplate material flexes when chewing. This is good for esthetics and comfort. But flexible partials don’t work so well when used to replace a long span of missing teeth or for a distal extension. The retention is compromised as compared with a cast-metal partial. The trade-off for improved appearance can evoke a frustrating experience for a former cast-metal partial wearer. Hybrid partial dentures offer an additional alternative.

It’s possible for us to fabricate a hybrid partial denture consisting of either a Titanium or Wironium framework with Thermoflex clasps or Valplast elements in areas where hiding unsightly metal is critical. At Stomadent, we have the ability to employ these different materials in various combinations to achieve the most esthetic result that your patient demands while providing the precise fit and strength of a cast metal framework that the dentist desires. This type of customized partial is the best of all possibilities and provides the patient with a service that is rarely offered by other dental laboratories. Please contact us for specific pricing details for your customized hybrid appliance.

Partial Dentures versus Full Dentures

Natural teeth provide support and stability for partial dentures in ways that conventional complete dentures can’t. No matter how well a complete denture fits, it remains a less stable appliance compared with a partial denture. This is true as long as the patient maintains healthy abutment teeth that are located far enough apart to distribute the points of retention. Ideally, for any partial, the natural teeth should be configured to allow triangulation to prevent rotation of the partial in function around any single fulcrum line. As the clinician, you must access the patients needs, wants, and desires with what you believe will be the best partial denture option for them.

Partial vs Denture

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