Q: I need to have a tooth pulled and a new partial denture made, but the ugly chrome clasp will now be visible as it engages my canine tooth. What else can be done to hide this clasp?… Dan the CPA
A: Many of us have memories of an older relative running their partial under the tap to “freshen up a bit.” (My grandfather, Pappa Jimmie Josephs once displayed his on a Passover Seder plate!) When patients have insufficient bone for implants, the partial route may be needed. It is always better to go clasp-less. Special attachements called Locators and ERA’s allow partials to clip to crowns or roots that have been purposely cut to gum level, without the shiny metal clasps. New age plastic allow for tooth-colored clasps as well. Your relatives will be none the wiser.
Editor’s Note: Dr. Mitchell Josephs will be giving a free lecture on Implant, Cosmetic and General Dentistry and signing his latest book on the Island of Palm Beach on Friday October 15th from 11am to 12. Call 561-832-2917 for registration and info. Seating is limited.