Emergency partial dentures, also known as interim or temporary partial dentures and sometimes flippers, are removable dental appliances used to replace missing teeth on a temporary basis. They are typically used when a patient has lost one or more teeth unexpectedly or requires a quick solution while waiting for a permanent dental restoration.
What Are the Features of Emergency Partial Dentures?
Here are some key features and uses of emergency partial dentures:
- Temporary solution: Emergency partial dentures are not intended as long-term replacements for missing teeth. They are designed to provide aesthetic improvement and functional support until a more permanent dental treatment can be performed.
- Quick fabrication: Emergency partial dentures can be made relatively quickly compared to permanent dentures. They are usually fabricated in a dental laboratory using a fast-track process, allowing patients to receive their dentures in a shorter time frame. Many times we have the denture ready at the time of extractions, so that you can minimize or eliminate the embarrassment of having holes in your mouth where your teeth used to be.
- Partial tooth replacement: These dentures are designed to replace only the missing teeth within a dental arch. They consist of artificial teeth attached to a gum-colored base, often made of acrylic material.
- Removable nature: Emergency partial dentures are removable, which means they can be removed from the mouth when cleaning and sleeping. They are typically secured using metal or acrylic clasps that attach to the remaining natural teeth.
- Transitional period: Emergency partial dentures are commonly used during a transitional period when a patient is awaiting a more permanent solution, such as dental implants, fixed bridges, or precision or traditional partial dentures. They provide patients with improved aesthetics and functionality while they wait for their comprehensive treatment.
Do You Have Questions About Emergency Partial Dentures?
It’s important to note that emergency partial dentures are not as durable or precisely fitted as permanent dentures. They are designed to serve temporarily until a more suitable and long-lasting dental restoration can be provided. It is recommended to consult with a dentist who can evaluate your specific dental needs and recommend the most appropriate treatment option for you.
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