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Don't Wait to See the Dentist when Your Tooth Hurts

My molar began to hurt one night so much that it woke me up. I hadn't been to the dentist regularly, so I knew it was my bad habits catching up to me. I took pain relievers for a few days that dulled the pain, and then I developed a big bump on my gum. It scared me enough to finally go to the dentist. He told me the bump was an abscess from a bad tooth infection. He said that if I had waited too much longer, the infection could have spread to my sinuses and even my brain! He gave me antibiotics and in a few days he was able to save the tooth with a root canal. I created this blog to tell other people that if your tooth hurts, then go to the dentist immediately. You probably have an infection that will only keep getting worse.



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Don't Wait to See the Dentist when Your Tooth Hurts

Cast Metal Vs. Flexible Partials

by Violet Jensen

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, you have several options available to you. Cast metal and flexible partials are two of the most popular options. If you are undecided on which is best for you, here are the pros and cons of each. 

Cast Metal Partials

Cast metal partials are the more conventional option for missing teeth. It is also one of the most affordable. Depending on the number of teeth needed, the dentures can start as low as $300 per plate. Most insurance providers do cover the cost of the partials since they are usually considered to be medically necessary. 

Cast metal partials are also comfortable and durable. The partials are also low maintenance. You can use liquid soap and a toothbrush to keep them clean and soak them overnight. 

There are some drawbacks to a cast metal partial though. The clasps can sometimes be visible. Whether or not they are depends largely on where the partial is positioned and the skill and experience of the denturist. If you have a metal allergy, you could suffer an allergic reaction to the partials. 

Like most partials, cast metal partials are not a permanent solution to missing teeth. The partials need to be replaced periodically as changes in your mouth occur. Your denturist can help determine when a new set is needed. 

Flexible Partials

Flexible partials are a relatively new option for missing teeth. The flexible partial is designed to be lightweight. If you do have a metal allergy, you can still wear the flexible partials because there is no metal in the dental appliances. The partial is composed of a special material that offers more comfort than other types of partials. 

The clasps on the flexible partials are made of a colored material that allows them to blend with your natural teeth. It is because of this that the partials are not visible while you are wearing them. 

Flexible partials are slightly more expensive than cast metal partials. The starting price for flexible partials is $700 per set. Fortunately, all or part of the cost is covered by dental insurance. As with cast metal partials, the flexible partials are not a permanent option for missing teeth. 

Whether or not cast metal or flexible dentures is the best option for you is a decision to be made between you and your denturist. Your denturist can also help you explore other types of partials that could possibly be more appealing for you.

For more information, contact Esquimalt Denture Clinic Ltd. or a similar location.