A partial denture, also called a removable bridge, replaces some teeth that are missing in a jaw but is anchored by some remaining natural teeth. A partial denture is much more stable and comfortable than a full denture that does not have any natural tooth anchors.
Partial dentures can be made from various combinations of materials. Often metal is used to add strength, then the teeth and gums are bonded to the metal framework. This is referred to as a “cast metal partial denture.”
In the last few years, new non-metal partials have been developed that rival the strength of the cast metal partials but are preferred by some people because are totally metal free. They can also have clear or tooth colored clasps around the natural teeth rather than the less cosmetic metal clasps.
The metal free partials are very flexible and resisting the bending we sometimes see with cast metal partials.