Partial Dentures: What are my options?


Did you know we make our own partial dentures in our Indianapolis Dental Laboratory?

Partial Dentures are a wonderful way to replace one or a few missing teeth, especially for those who can’t afford more costly dental implants!

At McCall Dentures you have three good options:


1. Cast Metal Partial Dentures

Most conventional partial dentures are held in place by clasps made from a metal alloy or plastic material. These clasps wrap around the bottom of adjoining, natural teeth on each side to hold the partial in place. Because the clasps resist springing back away from teeth, the partial is held in place while eating, speaking and other activities.

Remaining natural tooth structures may be inadequate to secure conventional clasps, meaning a crown or crowns are necessary for adequate tooth support.

Cast metal partials are designed to be strong and last a long time.  If you have a cast metal partial and are happy with it, we typically recommend them in place of our flexible partial dentures.


2. Flexible Partial Dentures

The discomfort and ill fit of traditional metal partial dentures has given rise to a new type of partial made from a thermoplastic material.   Our lab likes Valplast Partial Dentures because they are thinner, more flexible, and extremely durable.   Valplast partials make chewing and speaking more comfortable and are backed by a generous warranty, should the material break or fracture.

Since the material isn’t as porous, there is less absorption of stain and odors, and it is the most bio-compatible material available.  It is great for patients who have metal allergies (no steel) and most report that they get a greater and more secure fit than traditional acrylic and metal partials.   There is no BPA used and patients constantly tell us that htey are more aesthetically pleasing!   We have even noticed fewer adjustment and try in appointments for the Valplast partials.

Our current deal of $799 is a tremendous value, the material really does last a long time! The only drawback to our ‘flexis’ is thermoplastic partial dentures may take additional time for the dental lab to make them; the material is more difficult to finish, fit, adjust and color.


3. Acrylic Partial Dentures

Traditionally we only use acrylic partial dentures as a temporary means of replacing missing teeth (especially if teeth are extracted prior to placement of the partial denture).

They partials are a often referred to as ‘flippers’ because we typically replace the acrylic partial denture with a more permanent thermoplastic or metal partial denture after 6-12 months of healing.   They are very aesthetic and we can also incorporate clear clasps.  Due to the material properties, they tend to be a bit more bulky and difficult to eat and chew with, when compared to our other partial options.

If you feel dental implants are not right for you, we are happy to discuss other tooth replacement options during a free consultation appointment.

Call 317-596-9700

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