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What are the types of partial dentures?

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There are two kinds of partial dentures. Fixed partial dentures, also known as dental implant bridges, and removable partial dentures, also called removable dental bridges, as noted by 1-800-Dentist.

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Partial dentures are artificial replacement teeth for those missing one or a few teeth on either the lower or upper jaw, says 1-800-Dentist. They help to eliminate problems due to gaps from missing teeth, such as eating and speech. Dentists take impressions and measurements of the mouth and a denture is tailored specifically for a person.

Fixed partial dentures (FPDs) attach the false teeth to the jaw with an artificial dental crown or into the gum tissue with dental implants. They remain securely attached to the natural teeth and are often screwed into the gum. FPDs include teeth made from cast-gold, porcelain-fused-to-metal bridges, resin-bonded and all-ceramic bridges, states DentalAEGIS.

Removable partial dentures (RPDs) consist of the replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored base. The type of RPD depends on the standard material used to support the artificial teeth and retain the denture in the mouth. RPDs include treatment RPD or flippers with plastic or acrylic as a base, cast metal RPDs that use metal and flexible RPDs that use a nylon-like support base, notes DoctorSpiller.com

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