Removable partial denture with metal clasps
RPD is a type of dental prosthesis with a metal framework part to which artificial teeth are attached and the acrylic reproducing the gums. The metal part is built using the natural support of existing teeth. It is attached by clasps that serve to hold the denture into place, and a more or less wide bar connecting the two lateral sides of the prosthesis. Replaces one or more (but less than all) of the natural teeth.
Wherever possible, the dentist plans a fixed partial denture in preference to a RPD. In certain specific instances, however, a removable partial denture is indicated:
- Extensive edentulous areas
- Remaining teeth are not strong enough to support a fixed partial denture bridge.
- Great loss of alveolar bone, in which a fixed partial denture cannot adequately provide the need to restore associated soft tissues for facial muscle support.
- Personal or economic reasons.
Removable partial denture picture
It is a solution that has been around for many years. And yet that does not always appeal due to aesthetic problems led on by the retaining clasps, when these are visible. The last thing a person want is for others to realise that he or she is using a denture.
However, in mechanical terms, and when the cosmetic issue is not a potential problem it is more advisable that the conventional partial acrylic denture.
All removable partial dentures are inferior solutions when compared to the fixed prosthesis. RPD is the least worse.
Contributes less to bone resorption in the edentulous regions than the acrylic denture. It additionally enjoys an advantage, due to the metallic connector. It does not cover such a considerable area of the mouth like the palate or the inner face (tongue part) of the teeth.
Cost of the removable partial denture
The average price for an RPD is $1,725.00.
Naturally depending on the number of teeth present in the denture.
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