The reason to make a removable partial denture is to replace missing teeth, therefore let us examine the Pattern of Tooth Loss:
The loss of a patient’s natural teeth usually follows a characteristic, predicable pattern. Generally the upper teeth are lost before the lower teeth. According to a 1980 study by “Brewer”, an all too typical tooth loss sequence for an “average” person is: (1) loss of the upper back teeth and replacement with a removable partial denture (RPD); (2) loss of the remaining upper teeth and some lower back teeth and restoration with a complete upper denture; (3) loss of the remaining lower back teeth and their replacement with a lower RPD; and finally (4) loss of the remaining lower teeth and final treatment being full upper and lower dentures.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A