With the introduction of implants, denture therapy is becoming less widely used but continues to be a real solution for many patients who have lost all or some of their teeth due to gum disease, decay or trauma.
Dentures may be implant-supported or tissue-supported. While an implant-supported denture will be the most stable appliance, conventional (tissue-supported) dentures, when fitted properly, will also improve your quality of life by enabling you to once again feel confident to smile and enjoy eating.
Removable Partial Dentures
Unlike complete dentures, a removable partial denture (RPD) replaces only the teeth you are missing and attaches to your remaining teeth for support and retention. RPDs usually have replacement teeth fixed to a plastic base that closely matches the color of your gums. A metal framework connects the teeth and the base and also has metal clasps that attach to your natural teeth. In some cases removable partial dentures can be made completely with flexible plastic. This eliminates the use of a shiny metal framework and clasps, allowing a more esthetic appliance.