Removable partial dentures—treatment now and for the future

John D Jones, Ilser Turkyilmaz, Lily T Garcia
Texas Dental Journal 2010, 127 (4): 365-72
The use of a removable partial denture (RPD) in clinical practice remains a viable treatment modality. Various advancements have improved the quality of a RPD, subsequently improving the quality of life for the individuals that use them. This article describes four removable partial denture treatment modalities that provide valuable treatment for the partially edentulous patient. These modalities include: the implant supported RPD, attachment use in RPDs, rotational path RPDs, and Titanium and CAD/CAM RPDs. Data on future needs for RPDs indicate that while there is a decline in tooth loss in the U.S., the need for RPDs will actually increase as the population increases and ages. With the growth in the geriatric population, which includes a high percentage of partially edentulous patients, the use of RPDs in clinical treatment will continue to be predictable treatment option in clinical dentistry.

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