Better known tooth replacement procedure is Removable partial dentures. The denture itself is attached to remaining tooth in the mouth with various metal clasps to keep it intact. As the time goes, most patients found these dentures are little difficult to wear and it was difficult to adapt and also they were having drawbacks.
Commonly, Removable Partial Dentures were associated with increased:
- Periodontal pathology
- Plague and tartar accumulation
- Gingival inflammation
- Abutment tooth mobility
Considering the above mentioned disadvantages of conventional removable partial dentures, the desire to balance between functional stability and cosmetic appeal in partial dentures gave rise to the development of precision attachment.
WHAT IS PRECISION ATTACHMENT?
An interlocking device, one component of which is fixed to an abutments and the other is integrated into a removable prosthesis to stabilize and retain it.
HOW IT WORKS?
An attachment is fabricated and is fixed to a denture to provide retention and / or support.
Basically two parts: – Male and Female part.
Male part is fixed to a crown inside patient’s mouth permanently.
Female part is attached to inside surface of a denture.
Where fixed Prosthodontics are contraindicated
Retention and stability in distal extension cases (where there is no tooth behind for support of fixed bridges).
Control of loading and rotational forces.
- 15 YEARS +LIFE
- Excellent chewing efficiency
- 8% caries rate which is very minimal compared to conventional ones.
- 100 % compliance.
WHAT MAKES IT BETTER?
Compared to conventional Removable dentures, precision attached dentures are
- Less liable to fracture
- Less bulky and more aesthetics
- Better retention and stability
- Less food stagnation.