Removable Partial Dentures

By Catherine M. Fascilla, D.D.S.

A removable partial denture is a prosthesis or dental appliance that replaces one or more missing teeth. The support for the partial denture is provided by nearby teeth and gums. Chrome or metal alloy is used for the framework of the removable partial, pink acrylic for the gums, and porcelain or acrylic for the teeth.

The recommendation for any partial or complete denture will be based on a thorough examination usually including x-rays of your teeth and gums. Removable partial dentures can be used to replace several back and front missing teeth. Almost any combination of missing teeth can be replaced this way. This type of prosthesis is less expensive than a fixed (cemented) partial denture (also known as a fixed bridge) and implants. However, one drawback is that these appliances have a tendency to collect food around the supporting teeth. This makes brushing and flossing more difficult. It is important to remove your appliance before brushing your teeth and to brush your partial denture well.

Another drawback with removable partial dentures is that the clasps that are fitted around the supporting teeth can stress these teeth upon removal and insertion of the prosthesis.

Your dentist will advise you of the best restoration to replace any missing teeth you may have.

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