Acrylic Partial Denture
Acrylic partial dentures are designed in a similar way to complete dentures, but only replace one or several missing teeth and not all of the teeth on the one jaw.
Acrylic partial dentures are retained in place by “clasps” which are wires that are bent to shape around the natural the natural teeth.
A major disadvantage of acrylic partial dentures is that they normally don’t fit as well as Cast Metal partials because they are considerably thicker and don’t have a rest on top of the natural teeth to prevent them from sinking into the gums. Sometimes, acrylic partial dentures can cause more harm than good because the continuous up and down movement of the denture can push away the gum around a natural tooth. This can increase the chances of the tooth being extracted due to the damage caused to it.