After wearing partial dentures for the past 7 years, I am so tired of the metal clasps on my teeth. My smile looks okay, but it would look better if I didn’t have shiny metal rings around my teeth. Is there a way to cover the metal clasps with gum-colored plastic? When this partial denture wears out, am I right that an implant overdenture is a better option. I understand it’s much more expensive, but I can start saving for it and finally get some relief from these clasps.
Thank you, Melanie
Unfortunately, covering the metal clasps with plastic will make them thick and uncomfortable around your teeth. They probably won’t fit around your teeth. And if they did work, plastic coating will decrease the flexibility of the clasps, and they will bend or break under stress. Your dentist might be able to sandblast the clasps to make them less shiny and noticeable. If your dentist can’t do it in the office, a dental lab can adjust the clasps.
If it is almost time to replace your partial denture, a Valplast partial denture has plastic clasps that are pink or transparent. The gum color is less obvious. Although the clasps are not as strong as metal ones, they look better. You can see an example of a Valplast denture on this page.
What About an Implant Overdenture?
An implant overdenture replaces an entire arch of teeth. If you are missing all your upper or lower teeth, it might be an option for you. But you can ask your dentist about an implant bridge to replace several missing teeth in a row. Although it is more expensive than a partial denture, it’s a long-lasting, natural-looking solution. You can consider it when it’s time to replace your current partial denture.
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