Dental problems are common concerns of many people today. While they are common, it is worth noting that these are not normal. 

Thankfully, though, there are tons of cosmetic dentistry solutions that could help you resolve any problems that you might have with your teeth. These include removable partial dentures.

What is a partial denture?

Removable partial dentures, or RPDs, is one of the most common solutions to replace one or more teeth. It is a viable alternative to fixed bridges and dental implants.

The way it works is that the denture features the replacement teeth, which are attached to a gum-colored plastic base. The base is typically connected to a metal framework that allows the mouth to hold the denture in place.

Unlike a fixed bridgework, RPDs are removable, hence, the name. You can differential an RPD from a full denture as the latter replaces all the teeth in a jaw.

When are removable partial dentures used?

Dental experts and dentists recommend removable partial dentures to patients in two situations. You can either have it as a temporary or permanent solution to your missing teeth.

As a temporary solution

When using RPDs as a temporary solution, the denture acts as a means to “restore” the function and appearance of the whole dental structure amid the transitioning to long-term solutions, like implants and fixed bridges. Dentists normally recommend this to patients who could further improve their teeth with other specialized dental treatments.

As a permanent solution

In the case of using RPDs permanently, dentists encourage patients to have this, especially when fixed bridges and implants are not possible options. It is worth noting that there are certain requirements a patient must pass before having these kinds of treatments.

Another factor why RPDs act as a permanent solution is that the cost of dental implants and fixed bridgeworks are too high. So, when price plays a huge role in the patient’s considerations, permanent RPDs are ideal.

Types of removable partial dentures

Removable partial dentures attach to the remaining neighboring teeth from the missing teeth. There are, generally, three types of attachments that classify the type of the RPD.


The flipper is usually the type of RPD that is designed for temporary solutions. It is made of acrylic plastic resin, which makes it a temporary denture.

With its structure and material, patients have found the flipper type as less comfortable. It is prone to wear and staining, and it fits loosely. The name of this type comes from the fact that this denture can be flipped in and out by the tongue.

 Flexible Partial Denture

Flexible removable partial dentures feature flexible polyamide in its base. It is thermoplastic, which allows it to change shape under high heat.

With its material, it looks more realistic. It also comes with thin, gum-colored extensions that snap into the crowns of the neighboring teeth.

More often than not, dentists use this type to their patients mainly for restoring function and aesthetics before moving into a long-term tooth replacement. While it offers essential improvement, experts said that it still entails stability problems.

Partial Dentures with Precision Attachments

Among all the RPD types, the partial denture with precision attachments is the most stable and comfortable of all. The material used in its construction is a strong, lightweight metal alloy, which makes the base thin and “unobtrusive.”

The denture comes with “precision attachments” that connect to the natural teeth. This is the reason why this type of partial denture has the best stability of all.

Caring for your dentures

Removable partial dentures are investments. Keep in mind that having this is for life, not unless you decide to go for a fixed bridgework or a dental implant.

Despite having a much cheaper price than the two dental solutions for replacing teeth, caring, and maintaining the dentures is a must. Just like your natural teeth, the way you take good care of your dental health must also apply to your partial dentures.


When cleaning your RPDs, you must brush it every day to remove stains and plaque. Experts almost always recommend using brushes that are designed for dentures.

Such brushes feature bristles that are specifically made for the shape of your own denture. While it is highly recommendable, you could still use a normal, soft toothbrush.

When brushing, you may use hand or dish soap. But, make sure to choose the milder solutions as strong cleaners and soaps, and even toothpaste, may cause damages to the denture.


Aside from your daily brushing, you must also place your removable partial denture in warm water overnight. You may opt to utilize soaking solutions, as well. Whatever you choose, though, just make sure to keep it moist all the time since it could lose its shape.

You must remember that RPDs are pretty fragile. So, be sure to take good care of them. But, if it incurs damages, do not try to repair it on your own. Visit your dentist immediately, so adjustments could be made.

Final Thoughts

Removable partial dentures are a great solution to your missing teeth concerns. But, whatever the case, you must make sure to seek the advice of your dentist before deciding to get one for yourself.