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Removeable Partial Denture
A removable partial denture (RPD), as the name implies, is a prosthodontic restoration that supplies teeth and associated structures to a partially toothless mouth and that can be removed and inserted by the patient. In general, an RPD is made from a combination of several common dental materials. The basic substructure or framework of an RPD is fabricated from one of several commercially available dental alloys but most commonly chromium-cobalt. RPD’s gain all or part of their support from the remaining natural teeth (or dental implants). If all of the support is from teeth it is classified as a tooth-borne (supported) RPD. Others derive their support from both the teeth and the residual ridge tissues and are termed tooth-tissue-borne (supported) RPD‘s (or distal extension or distal saddle). Between these two extremes of support are a range of RPD‘s that derive a varying amount of support from both the natural teeth and associated residual ridges.
The loss of teeth most typically is the result of dental caries and/or periodontal disease. This situation my be worsened by lifestyle or parafuntional habits.
Normal chewing applies intermittent and fleeting pressure on the teeth. Parafunction (buxism, clenching and grinding), however, is frequently horizontal in direction and usually excessively prolonged. In Parafunction there is an abnormal increase in the magnitude, frequency and duration of the biting force. The bruxing movement is often concentrated close to the tips of the occluding teeth. This creates a concentration of forces that tends to abnormally displace the tooth in its socket. This force is of a greater magnitude than the force of normal chewing.
Partial Versus Complete Tooth Loss
According to the ADA, in 1976 there was a higher percentage of people who were completely toothless compared with those who were partially toothless. This pattern has changed because of improved restorative materials, techniques and dental sedation. All of these factors have helped people maintain their teeth and avoid the discomfort of full upper and lower dentures. Patients now have the option of a dental implant supported lower full denture.
The reason to make a removable partial denture is to replace missing teeth, therefore let us examine the Pattern of Tooth Loss:
The loss of a patient’s natural teeth usually follows a characteristic, predicable pattern. Generally the upper teeth are lost before the lower teeth. According to a 1980 study by “Brewer”, an all too typical tooth loss sequence for an “average” person is: (1) loss of the upper back teeth and replacement with a removable partial denture (RPD); (2) loss of the remaining upper teeth and some lower back teeth and restoration with a complete upper denture; (3) loss of the remaining lower back teeth and their replacement with a lower RPD; and finally (4) loss of the remaining lower teeth and final treatment being full upper and lower dentures.
The examination, diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical procedures related to patients requiring treatment with removable partial dentures will be discussed in this series of articles.
Dental plaque control and periodontal health are tow of the most important factors in the long-term success of a removable partial denture. The ultimate objective of successfully treating a patient with a removable partial denture is to prevent further destruction of the
Tooth Loss remaining oral structures and tissues.
The reasons for tooth loss among large segments of the population are many and varied but can be classified conveniently into two broad categories: 1) The public’s attitude toward oral health and 2) The availability of treatment and reasonableness of dental costs for the preservation of the patient’s natural teeth. Even in the younger adult age groups who have benefited from fluoridation increased dental health advertising and wide availability of dental care facilities, still less than 50% seek preventive treatment. It is not surprising for the dentist to find that many people prefer to have a painful back tooth extracted rather than restored.
In Palm Harbor Florida, precision partials are a very nice blending of two types of prosthetic dentistry, fixed and removable. When replacing missing teeth in this fashion, the usual unsightly clasps of a traditional partial are not present. In this series of pictures the precision partial is seen connected to the fixed crown and bridgework.
I try to create blogs to help people understand dentistry. I have been a dentist in Palm Harbor, Florida for over 24 years. There are certain terms that a dental office uses routinely, but may not be understood by the average patient. Firstly, replacement of missing teeth fall into two broad categories, Fixed and Removable. A precision partial blends both of these types.
A traditional cast frame removable partial denture shows clasps, those unsightly things one may have noticed when someone with a traditional partial denture smiles. With a precision partial, the need for the clasps can be replaced by the “precision attachments” which reside in the fixed bridgework and the corresponding “partners” which reside in the removable partial.
I am a 52 year old dentist in practice in Palm Harbor, the Tampa area of Florida.
When someone says “Flipper” to me, I think of the dolphin on TV that I remember as a child… Flipper was so smart. His human friends included a father (a fish and game warden) and two of his sons. They lived somewhere in Florida ( I do not think it was Tampa or Palm Harbor.)
Fast forward more than two decades, Columbia Dental School (1981 -1985) and now all of a sudden a flipper is no longer a very smart mammal that lives in the water, a dental flipper is a temporary all acrylic replacement tooth. Total paradigm shift. Flipper the animal actor swims, dental flippers temporarily replace missing teeth.
In this picture a flipper to replace missing tooth #25 is seen. This was made in my Palm Harbor FL dentist office. In most instances, the ideal definitive replacement is a dental implant with a crown on it. Mini dental implants are most commonly used in this location.
In my Palm Harbor, Tampa Bay FL area dentist office I place both “regular” dental implants and mini dental implants. I have been placing and restoring dental implants in the Tampa Bay area since 1989.
This picture demonstrates both the clasps associated with a traditional partial and the claspless seamless flow from the fixed crown and bridge and the precision partial. In this situation a clasp on the cuspid would have been very visible and unsightly.
This picture has nothing at all to do with Dental Implants in Tampa, or anywhere else for that matter. Information concerning the current cost of dental implants in my Palm Harbor Tampa area dentist office click: www.DentalImplantsCost.us
This picture was taken at Old Tyme Photo in St. Augustine Florida on December 29, 2011. My daughter Kendall Jordan Caputo, her cousin Brittany Fremento and two friends are seen posing.
I have been placing and restoring Dental Implants in my Dentist office in Palm Harbor FL since 1989, after opening my first Palm Harbor Fl dentist office on April 23, 1988. The type of implant dentistry done in my dentist office in Palm Harbor ranges from simple single tooth replacements to very complex full mouth reconstructions which include an Initial Exam, thorough treatment plan and often gum disease treatment, extractions, root canals, crowns/fixed bridgework, partials, dentures and cleanings or maintenance. These procedures can be done with or without dental sedation. Information concering the current cost of non-surgical gum disease treatment can be found by clicking: www.PeriodontalDisease.us If anyone would like to speak to either me or one of my staff, please call my Palm Harbor, Tampa area dentist office at: 727 789 1333