What are removable partial dentures?
A removable partial denture is a dental appliance made to replace one or multiple teeth. It is not permanently attached and can therefore be removed at any time to clean your natural teeth.
Why would I want a removable partial denture?
If many teeth are missing, they can all be replaced with a single appliance. It is much less expensive than cemented bridges or dental implants. It usually requires minimal reshaping of the surrounding teeth.
Is this the best choice for tooth replacement?
Not always. A removable partial denture is not as effective for chewing as cemented bridges and implants. It is by nature removable, and may move up and down during eating. However, in some cases there aren’t enough teeth to support a bridge, and implants may not be an option, leaving a partial denture as the best alternative.