If you are missing only a few teeth scattered over either
arch (upper or lower teeth), or even if you have a minimum
of two teeth on both sides of the arch, then you can most
inexpensively replace the missing teeth with a removable partial
denture (RPD). There are several types of RPD's. All of them
use standard plastic denture teeth as replacements for the
missing natural teeth. The differences between them are the
materials that are used to support the denture teeth and retain
the RPD in the mouth.
The different types of partial dentures are:
Conventional plastic dentures:
These dentures are rigid and can be used as interim or treatment
dentures, only to be worn for a short period of time. They
have wire clasps for retention and rest on the gum often causing
general soreness of the gum.
Cast Partial Dentures:
Removable Partial Dentures with cast metal frameworks offer
numerous advantages over the conventional partial dentures
commonly used. The frameworks of these dentures are cast to
fit the teeth. Since they sit on the teeth, as well as being
attached to them, they are extremely stable and retentive.
These are special flexible acrylic partial dentures indicated
in certain specific situations, and are very comfortable to
insert, wear and remove by the user. They are Non-Invasive,
and virtually invisible.
We recommend the removable Cast partial dentures which are
made of cast metal alloy overlaid with acrylic teeth and take
support from the remaining teeth, thereby maintaining the
health of the underlying tissues. The cheaper readily available
option of full acrylic partial dentures with metal wires/clasp
are not considered as permanent dentures as they may cause
more damage to the underlying tissues. These dentures are
given only as interim dentures for a short period of time.