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Partial Dentures
A removable partial denture (RPD) is for a partially edentulous dental patient with one or several missing teeth who desires to have replacement teeth for functional or esthetic reasons, and who cannot have a bridge or an implant for any number reasons, such as a lack of required teeth to serve as support for a bridge (i.e. distal abutments) or due to lack of adequate bone support for implants. The reason why this type of prosthesis is referred to as a removable partial denture is because patients can remove and reinsert them when required without professional help. Conversely, a "fixed" prosthesis can and should be removed only by a dental professional.
What is a Removable Partial Denture?
A removable partial denture is an appliance that replaces one or several missing teeth. It is attached to the remaining teeth with clasps, and is removable by the wearer. Dentures are made by general dentists or by specialists called Prosthodontists.
What are the benefits of having a partial denture?

A denture serves a number of purposes:

It provides the pleasure of comfortable eating. This ability is paramount in maintaining good health. It improves your appearance, confidence and smile. This is achieved by restoring the natural contours of the lips, cheeks and face. A denture prevents premature ageing lines and wrinkles developing around the mouth. When loss of teeth has affected speech, a removable partial denture can correct this by closing the spaces left by lost teeth. It helps to maintain the healthy relationship between upper and lower jaws. The correct positioning of the jaws is necessary to prevent jaw joint problems. It also protects the health of the remaining oral tissues. The denture prevents other teeth from drifting into the gaps left by extractions. When teeth drift they open additional spaces between teeth. Food can then pack into the narrow spaces and cause gum irritation and gum disease. Additional teeth can usually be added to a partial denture when some remaining teeth have to be extracted.
How is a partial denture designed?
A removable partial denture is designed to rest on the gums and/or palate, as well as on the remaining teeth. It clips onto the teeth by means of metal clasps, which help to hold it firmly in place. The artificial teeth are part of the acrylic and metal base of the denture.
What are partial dentures made of?
The base of the denture is made of acrylic or metal. Metal is preferable because it is stronger and easier to keep clean. The gum areas are made of acrylic. The artificial teeth are made of acrylic or porcelain.
What treatment is needed before partial dentures can be fitted?
Diseased teeth and gums should be treated before the denture is made. Teeth to which the partial denture will be clasped, may have to be crowned to hold the partial denture more securely. A partial denture rests on the bone, gum and natural teeth. It is therefore necessary to make sure that these foundations are healthy.
What steps are taken when dentures are to be made?

Your dentist will discuss the proposed denture, and will tell you what is going to happen.

It is important to be satisfied about the condition of the dental ridges, and the remaining teeth. They will be examined. After the initial inspection and consultation, the dentist will take impressions of the upper and lower jaws, and will make records of the jaw relationships. The selection of the teeth for the denture is made. The impressions, the tooth selection and other information are then sent to the dental technician, who will make the denture. The technician will set the teeth into a wax replica of the final denture. A "try-in" will take place, in which the wax denture is placed into the mouth. The selection of the teeth and their appearance is now finally confirmed. After all the adjustments have been made, the dental technician will complete the denture.