Although most patients would like to have a fixed prosthesis in order to fill the edentulous area, it might happen that this is not possible for different reasons. So the removable prosthesis can be an alternative solution for them.
This type of prosthesis can be divided into two groups: partial and complete. The former is used to complete the remained teeth; the latter is used in case of complete edentulousness. Although these are not as comfortable as the fixed ones, in case the number or location of the remained teeth is not adequate, the needed number of the implants cannot be assured or for other reasons the fixed prosthesis cannot be made, removable ones represent an alternative solution. Modern technological developments appeared in this field as well. Some new materials and processes have been introduced that have significantly increased the comfort and aesthetic aspect of the removable prostheses. Due to this development today’s modern prostheses are similar to natural teeth. Metallic retainers have been changed into tooth coloured, micromechanical retainers. So it is not a dream anymore to have a removable prosthesis that is as stable, aesthetic and comfortable as a fixed one.