What is a Nesbit denture?

A Nesbit denture is a removable partial denture for only one side of the upper or lower arch. It replaces a tooth or teeth and usually is retained by clasps, preferably with rests on the supporting teeth to prevent the denture from settling into the gum tissue.

Patients may feel that this has the benefit of being single-sided and therefore there is no connecting metal or plastic across the roof of the mouth or behind the lower front teeth to connect to the opposite side of the jaw. Unfortunately, this supposed benefit also creates a problem because there is no bilateral support from the opposite side of the mouth to prevent damaging forces from affecting the teeth that support the Nesbit.

Also a unilateral removable partial denture is smaller than a conventional bilateral removable partial denture, and therefore it is more difficult to handle and control when inserting it into place. Needless to say, a Nesbit can be potentially dangerous to manipulate into place.

The Nesbit is used to replace one to three teeth on the same side of the mouth and is much smaller than a conventional partial denture. The procedure can be completed in two short visits, requires no anesthesia or drilling of teeth (in most cases), and the cost is substantially less than either a permanent bridge or dental implants. A Valplast Nesbit (this is a nylon material, no metal clasps) is generally easy to get used to, and has a very realistic appearance. For more information see:

A Nesbit denture is a type of denture that's used to replace missing teeth in the back of the mouth. Nesbit dentures use metal clasps to attach to nearby healthy natural teeth. Many dentists do not recommend Nesbit dentures because they put a lot of pressure on the surrounding teeth and are more likely than other types of dentures to become dislodged.

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