Removable Partial Denture
A removable partial denture is used when there are still natural teeth left. The missing teeth are replaced by this type of denture in an effective and aesthetic design using both the soft tissue ridges and teeth to hold them securely in place. This tooth replacement is removable by the patient, which makes cleaning easier. Because removable partial dentures use teeth and soft tissue for support, you may be given the opportunity to choose a variety of treatment plans. Dr. Alan Brodine or Dr. Brian Brodine will discuss these options after a thorough examination of your teeth, soft tissue (gums and cheeks), remaining bone and surrounding anatomy. The examination should also include x-rays and impressions to make models of the mouth. After reviewing all the necessary information with Dr. Brodine, you will be able to make an informed choice.
The new teeth will look natural and are made from plastic or porcelain material (ceramic) materials. The foundation of the partial denture can be plastic or a combination of plastic and metal. These are different methods used to secure the partial denture in your mouth. Metal clasps are the most common and they may or may not be visible. The denture can often be made to fit the existing shape of your teeth, or it may be necessary to alter your remaining teeth. Drs. Brodine will indicate which design will be most appropriate for you.