Dentures are artificial replacements for missing teeth. Dentures mainly vary with the type of material used and the length it covers.
Complete dentures are those that replace all missing teeth, while partial dentures only replace those teeth that are missing.
A 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
Partial Dentures usually have “clasps” that help the denture to stay in place while speaking, laughing, smiling, eating and other normal functions.
In some cases, the “clasps” are displayed when you smile. Besides, this type of denture is rigid and can cause some stress in the health of your other teeth and bone. Hence, recently introduced are flexible dentures.
FLEXIBLE DENTURES OR VALPLAST DENTURES.
These dentures claim to cause minimal damage to exiting teeth/bone due to their flexibility.