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Removable Partal Denture

Removable partial dentures (RPDs) are prosthetic devices designed to replace one or more missing teeth while preserving the remaining natural teeth in the patient's mouth. They consist of a metal or acrylic resin base that rests on the gums and remaining teeth, and artificial teeth that replace the missing teeth. APDs offer a practical and aesthetic solution for restoring chewing function, improving the aesthetics of the smile and preventing oral health problems associated with tooth loss.


There are several types of removable partial dentures, each adapted to the patient's specific needs:


Metal PPA: Metal PPAs are made from a metal base, usually chrome-cobalt alloy, which is coated with acrylic resin for an aesthetically pleasing appearance. These prostheses are robust, durable and offer a precise fit thanks to their metal structure. Titanium is a metal that is increasingly used in the manufacture of PPAs, as it is hypoallergenic and lighter.


Acrylic resin dentures: Acrylic resin dentures are made entirely from acrylic resin, which makes them thicker and less comfortable. General dentures are used following surgery or in transition when the oral condition is uncertain. Although less robust than metal PPAs, acrylic resin PPAs offer satisfactory aesthetics and can be adjusted for satisfactory comfort.


Flexible PPAs: Flexible PPAs are made from flexible materials such as nylon or polyethylene, which are hypoallergenic and offer maximum aesthetic appeal. They are also more discreet, as they mould closely to the shape of the gums. Flexible PPAs are a popular option for patients with sensitive gums or significant bone resorption.


PPAs offer many benefits for patients with multiple missing teeth:


Restoration of chewing function: PPAs allow patients to chew and eat normally, improving their quality of life and nutritional well-being.


Preventing facial sagging: By replacing missing teeth, PPAs help prevent sagging of the cheeks and lips, which can give the face a younger, more dynamic appearance.


Preservation of dental alignment: By preventing the remaining teeth from moving to fill the gaps left by missing teeth, PPAs help preserve dental alignment and prevent bite problems.


Improved smile aesthetics: PPAs are designed to be aesthetically appealing, with artificial teeth that closely resemble natural teeth. This allows patients to regain a confident, natural smile.


Ease of maintenance: PPAs are easy to maintain with good oral hygiene, including regular brushing and daily cleaning of the prosthesis.


It is important to note that PPAs take some getting used to, and patients may feel some initial discomfort for the first few days or weeks. However, over time, most patients become comfortably accustomed to their dentures and are able to take full advantage of their benefits.


In conclusion, removable partial dentures are an effective and aesthetic solution for replacing one or more missing teeth, while preserving the remaining natural teeth. With a variety of materials and designs available, RPDs can be customised to meet the specific needs of each patient, offering a complete and durable dental restoration solution. 


Considering a removable partial denture?

Make an appointment now, consult your trusted denturist to discuss the options available and develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs and goals.

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