Previously loss of the last molars prevented use of fixed partial denture as there wasn’t a tooth to support the fixed denture at both ends. With the advent of the precision attachment you can use a removable partial denture with the retention of a fixed partial denture. This attachment consists of a steel male part and an acrylic female part. It is particularly beneficial for people who don’t like the supporting acrylic plate surrounding their palate. There must be a minimum of 7mm of clearance between your upper and lower jaws for this prosthesis to fit.
In the first sitting the teeth supporting the male part of the attachment is prepared and impressions of your upper and lower jaws are taken and sent to the dental lab for fabrication of the prosthesis. After 7 working days the lab will send back the precision attachment and the male part is cemented on to the prepared teeth. The method to attach and remove the female part will be shown to you.
Care of the Precision Attachment
The female part of the attachment should be removed at night and kept in water. IT should be cleaned at least once a day to prevent food from accumulating on it. Every six months you should visit the dentist and get the attachment checked for any damages to it.