General information about removable prostheses
Partial or complete, the removable prosthesis can replace several missing teeth, or even all. The complete prosthesis (denture) is in resin, pink color with acrylic teeth placed on it and it rests on the mucous membranes as well as the jawbone. It is obvious that since it can be removed, it is easy to clean it. The disadvantage is that it moves since it is not fixed, and disturbs the comfort of the patient.
The word “stellite” designates alloy of metals used for the manufacture of the prosthesis. The dental stellite is composed of a metal structure reduced to a minimum, a resin part that holds the new false teeth and hooks to attach to the remaining teeth. The stellite is generally partial; its structure is solid, but also stable and light in the mouth. It also allows you to feel the differences in food temperatures. A stellite can be kept overnight depending on the comfort of the patient, if it is well cleaned. It is progressive, if other extractions are necessary, new false teeth can be added to the prosthesis. This partial prosthesis is less expensive than a dental bridge or implant. Despite all its advantages, it can be compared to the unsightly aspect of the hooks.
There is another type of removable device, full or partial, which only uses the metal for the hooks, but patients often complain of discomfort. The resin plate is thick and fragile, the device is less stable and heavier in the mouth. Professionals will therefore rather recommend stellite as a partial prosthesis solution.
The partial denture may attach to the crowns that were placed on the remaining teeth with sensitive attachments, it offers better stability and aesthetics because there are no more hooks.
However, these traditional removable prostheses can no longer live up to the new treatment techniques.