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Removable partial dentures are false teeth used to replace missing teeth. These false teeth are attached to a gum coloured plastic base which might be connected by metal framework that helps hold the dentures in place. Removable partial dentures might be indicated when a few healthy teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw.

These dentures clip around the remaining healthy teeth and these may be made in a tooth-coloured material in order for them to not be clearly visible. In some cases, removable dentures are attached to your teeth with devices called precision attachments which are generally more aesthetic than clasps. Crowns may be needed to improve the fit of the removable partial denture.

Although removable partial dentures are currently less utilized as a treatment modality as a result of the extensive use of implant-supported prostheses in the world today, such treatment is still an option as an interim solution if indicated. Fixed partial dentures or bridges are placed by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the space of the missing teeth and attaching the false teeth to them. It doesn’t only fill in the spaces of the missing teeth, but it also prevents other teeth from changing position.

Dr Bester advises his patients on the best way to clean their dentures and dental care. Depending on the type of material used to make the dentures, there are specific solutions recommended to effectively clean them. Dentures should always be kept in water to prevent them from drying out. Avoid certain foods and liquids, such as foods that are hard to chew. This helps increase the lifespan of the dentures. Over time, false teeth may need to be relined, remade or making a new base due to normal wear.