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Removable Prosthodontics

What is a removable prosthesis?

Removable dental prostheses are dental restorations that can be removed by the patient whenever required. Dentures are the known as the most common removable dental prosthesis in the market and are one of the ways for most patients to choose from replacing their missing teeth. The reason is the removable dental prosthesis is noninvasive and will not require any surgical incisions or painful recovery.

Our dentists recommend the use of removable dental prostheses for patients who do not wish to undergo any specific type of dental surgery to replace their missing teeth. Removable dental prostheses can improve chewing abilities, help maintain muscle tone that gets lost with tooth loss, restore or improve the patient’s ability to speak and pronounce words better and it is not an expensive treatment as compared to the fixed prosthesis.

What are the different types of removable prostheses?

Partial dentures are removable dental prostheses that are used for patients who are missing some of their teeth, can be from the maxilla or the mandible or from both the jaws. The areas are also related according to the missing teeth, the number of areas may be more than two in the same restoration and is attached to the patient’s remaining natural teeth. The restoration can be either tooth-based or tissue-based related with the conditions of the patient. The replaced teeth and the base are made up of acrylic and they are matched with the color of the patients remaining teeth and gums. The prosthesis is connected to a metal framework that will hold the denture in place when put inside the patient’s mouth. The internal attachments are made with the adjacent teeth to hold the prosthesis in position. Removable partial dentures are effective, not only in filling in the gaps created by missing teeth, but also prevent the remaining natural teeth from drifting from its position.

Complete dentures, on the other hand, are used to replace all of the teeth in the patient’s mouth. The conventional complete dentures are not given directly to the patient for a certain amount of time due to the extraction of the remaining teeth and healing of gums. Immediate complete dentures, on the other hand, are inserted into the patient’s mouth immediately after all the teeth have been extracted. The patient will not have to go without teeth, but as the gums and tissues heal, they will shrink and this will cause the removable dental prostheses to come loose and a re-adjustment will be required after a certain period of time.


The removable dentures are uncomfortable, and the patient may have difficulty in adjusting with eating, talking, the patient might have excessive salivation and to keep the tongue in place as there might be less room for it. However, with time the problems with the prosthesis are adjusted by the patient by daily the dentures. The dentures are used during the day and removed and kept in water during the night. To maintain good oral health, it is cleaned with toothpaste and brush like the natural teeth and also with denture cleaning solution.

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