Not long ago, patients who needed a partial but wanted to avoid facial clasps had few options. Precision attachments could be used but they were expensive for the patient and chairtime consuming for the doctor. The only available non-precision esthetic partial design required opening the contact between the abutment and the adjacent natural tooth.
Today, the technology of esthetic partials has advanced and created a number of designs that show less metal, are easier to prepare, and are superior in function. Each of these options have their own advantages and indications. With this range of choices, you can sellect one that fits the individual case requirements. It is useful to your practice if your lab is familiar with them all. These choices include:
Esthetic partial designs have advantages over conventional partials that go beyond not showing facial clasps. They include the following:
- RETENTION: Normal tooth contour provides a more dependable and usable
undercut on the proximal surfaces than on the facial or lingual surfaces.
- KINDER: Both the rest placement and retentive area reduce stress on the
- FUNCTION: The retentive clasp is activated to resist lift of the
appliance due to tacky food during function.
- DURABILITY: The clasp does not bend or torque during function. Esthetic
partials function longer without problems.
Armstrong Laboratory provides complimentary survey, design, and consultation with all
cases. Simply send in your study models and we will recommend which design is right
for your patient.
Alternative to Esthetic Partials: Virginia Partials
Counterpoise is a copyright of Armstrong Laboratory, Inc.
EsthetiClasp is a copyright of Austenal, Inc.
Saddle-Lock is a copyright of Saddle Lock Inc.