Partials (Removable, Tooth Supported)
Traditional removable partial dentures (RPD) are only retained by natural teeth. Wire clasps are used to retain and secure the partial. These clasps abrade the enamel on the teeth and place lateral forces on the teeth. Both of these are detrimental to the natural teeth and often cause premature failure. Many partial denture wearers become complete denture wearers within fifteen years of getting their first partial.
Partials (Removable, Implants)
When many, but not all, teeth are missing, a removable partial denture is often a good option. This partial denture may be supported by dental implants, which eliminates the metal clasps associated with partial dentures. Many teeth can be replaced with a minimum number of implants, thus reducing costs. The implants prevent the partial denture from moving around or coming loose. The remaining teeth are protected because the partial denture does not clasp on them with wires.