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2nd view; Occlusal view of a mandibular partial dentureA removable partial denture (RPD) is for a partially edentulous dental patient who desires to have replacement teeth for functional or aesthetic reasons, and who cannot have a bridge (a fixed partial denture) for any number of reasons, such as a lack of required teeth to serve as support for a bridge (i.e. distal abutments) or due to financial limitations.

The reason why this type of prosthesis is referred to as a removable partial denture is because patients can remove and reinsert them when required without professional help. Conversely, a "fixed" prosthesis can and should be removed only by a dental professional.

Occlusal view of a mandibular partial dentureOcclusal view of a mandibular partial denture. All seven parts of an RPD are visible on this example.

Note: Pictures from D Rosenbach, used with permission.


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