|Partial Dentures and Attachment RPD
At Keith A. Boenning, DDS, we offer several restorative options that improve your smile and repair your ability to properly chew, speak, and bite. While dental implants have revolutionized the way we treat tooth loss, they may not always be appropriate for certain patients. In this case, we may recommend a more traditional restoration. Some of these restorations are even more contemporary than when they were first introduced, such as removable partial dentures.
What Are Partial Dentures?
A removable partial denture typically consists of porcelain or zirconia teeth that are attached to the gum-colored acrylic base. Before you receive a partial denture, we may need to remove any problematic teeth first. Once the area is prepared, we will take an impression or mold, and use it to create a 3D model. This model will be sent to our dental laboratory, where they will use it to fabricate your partial denture. Once the denture is complete, we will check the margins and fit. We want to ensure that your new appliance is comfortable and does not cause problems with your other teeth. We may need to make some minor adjustments before you leave the office.
At first, your new partial denture may feel bulky or awkward. Eventually, you will become accustomed to wearing, inserting, and removing it. Be sure to follow the care instructions you receive from Dr. Keith A. Boenning to avoid potential problems. If the denture puts too much pressure on a particular area, you may need to come in for another adjustment.
Once you receive your denture, eating should become an easier and more comfortable experience. Your partial denture may also help to improve your speech. If you have trouble with your speech, you may need to practice certain words before you become comfortable with your new appliance.
Types of Attachments
Partial dentures are largely successful today because of improved attachments. Some partial dentures are held in place by a metal framework that clasps to the surrounding teeth. Others use “precision attachments” that offer an improvement in aesthetics over the metal clasps. A precision attachment consists of a male and female part, also known as a key and lock that connects the denture to a fixed bridgework. These attachments are usually positioned parallel to each other, which maximizes support and improves longevity. A proper partial denture with precision attachments will promote periodontal health and improve the lifespan of your abutment (support) teeth. These teeth are usually capped with dental crowns. The attachments will be incorporated within the contour of the crown.
Caring for Your Partial Denture
Proper care for your partial denture depends on the type of attachments you receive. Partials with precision attachments should be worn 24 hours a day to prevent collapse of the musculature and the occlusion. They should only be removed for your daily oral hygiene regimen. We may recommend a partial denture cleaner and a brush that is designed for dentures. You want to thoroughly rinse off loose food partials to avoid infection or decay of the surrounding tissues. Over time, we may need to adjust, repair, or replace your partial denture. Follow the instructions we give you to increase the longevity of your appliance.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If would like to learn more about partial dentures and attachment RPD, call (410) 828-1717, and schedule a consultation today!