A removable partial denture, (RPD), is a prosthetic device that replaces some or all missing teeth of a patient. The prosthesis is removable meaning the patient can take it in and out as needed.
The design of an RPD is determined by the shape of the patient’s alveolar ridge and alignment of the remaining teeth. RPD’s have a metal framework that seats on the gum tissue and have denture teeth placed in acrylic where the missing teeth would be. The metal framework has clasps that fit around the existing teeth to keep the prosthesis in place. It usually takes about 6 weeks to make an RPD.
Patients will need alterations to their existing teeth in order for the RPD to fit properly. If patients have teeth with large fillings it may be beneficial to have these teeth crowned before making the RPD. If an RPD is made to fit teeth with large fillings and those teeth fracture, the RPD will not fit properly and another RPD may have to be made after restoring or removing the fractured tooth.
Patients should wear their RPD at all times, this includes while sleeping. If patients leave their RPD out for an extended period of time the natural teeth will shift and the RPD will not fit the same. The only time patients should remove them is to clean them and their natural teeth after every meal. Patients can use a denture soak solution and denture brush to clean the RPD. Don’t use anything abrasive that can scratch the acrylic surfaces. If for some other reason you need to take out the RPD, always place it in its container with your contact information on it.
Although RPD’s can be a good restoration to replace missing teeth, patients must understand that there might be better alternatives for their individual needs such as implants or crown and bridge. Some possible drawbacks of RPD’s include but are not limited to:
· Wearing down of denture teeth
· Clasps loosening or breaking
· Lifting or rocking during function
· Dependent on health of existing teeth
· Not getting used to bulkiness of RPD or having bad gag reflex
· Discrepancy of color and shape between natural and denture teeth
· Allergic reaction to acrylic
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Dr. Ramsey and/or a member of his staff have explained to me the options of replacing my missing teeth. I understand my options and have chosen to have an RPD made.