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When you hear the word “dentures” you probably think of an appliance that replaces all the teeth on a dental arch. But there is another type: a removable partial denture (RPD), which can be a viable option for replacing a few missing teeth.

An RPD rests on the bony gum ridges that once held the missing teeth and are secured with clasps or other attachments to adjacent teeth. While lightweight, RPDs are designed to last for many years — they’re made of vitallium, a light but very strong metal alloy that reduces the RPD’s thickness. Recently, metal-free partial dentures are being used that don’t have the fit or longevity of the vitallium partial dentures, but are considered more of a cosmetic solution.

RPDs are custom-made for each individual patient to accommodate the number, location and distribution of teeth missing throughout the mouth. Their design must also reflect the health and stability of the gums and remaining natural teeth to ensure they won’t move unduly during normal mouth function, and will be as lifelike and unnoticeable as possible.

RPDs have been a mainstay in dentistry for many years and represent a less expensive tooth replacement option than implants or fixed bridgework. But they do have their downsides: because of their method of attachment to the remaining natural teeth they tend to accumulate plaque, which increases the risk of both periodontal (gum) disease and tooth decay. Their fit requires that they attach to the adjacent teeth that will cause some damage and lead to their looseness over time.

If you wear an RPD, there are some things you can do to decrease these problems. First and foremost, you should clean your RPD thoroughly every day, as well as brush and floss your remaining teeth to reduce plaque buildup especially at contact points. Be sure to remove the RPD at night while you sleep. And keep up regular dental visits not only for additional plaque removal but also to allow us to inspect the RPD for problems or wear.

An RPD is a viable option for improving mouth function and restoring your smile after multiple tooth loss. With proper care and maintenance, your RPD can serve you well for many years to come.

If you would like more information on removable partial dentures, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Removable Partial Dentures.”

By Office of Philip W. Hart, DDS
August 20, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Dentures If you have gaping holes where teeth used to be, you already know the effect it can take on your smile and self-confidence. Unfortunately, that's not all missing teeth can cause, as empty spaces can even raise your risk for nutritional issues and other systemic health problems later in life.

But at Phillip W. Hart, D.D.S., Family Dentistry, you'll realize firsthand why your smile, confidence, and a full row of teeth can be completely restored using the helpful dental techniques of the oral professionals on site.

How Can Dentures Fill the Gaps?

One of the most reliable methods for undoing the unattractive look caused by missing teeth is partial dentures. There are two kinds of partial dentures, transitional and removable. While transitional partial dentures are removable plastic dentures that act as a tooth replacement and space maintainer in the interim until your mouth has fully healed from tooth extraction surgery, removable partial dentures (RPDs) provide a lighter and a more accompanying feel to your mouth.

Typically made from cast vitallium, RPDs also fit your dental profile better than plastic dentures. Plus, they are very reasonably-priced, serving as the lasting solution for your empty smile when paired with the helping hands of Dr. Hart and his associate dental technicians. And keep in mind, even if you are missing a full row of teeth, there are always complete dentures available.

For more information on how removal partial dentures could fulfill your needs, give Dr. Hart or one of his fully-trained dental assistants a call today at (901) 386-9299 for the answers you've been searching for right here in Bartlett, TN!