1. Introduction to Removable Partial Dentures 2. Removable Partial Denture Rests 3. The Tooth-Tissue Junction and Proximal Plate Design 4. Major Connectors, Minor Connectors, and Denture Base Connectors 5. Retainers, Clasp Assemblies, and Indirect Retainers 6. Types of RPDs, Biomechanics, and Design Principles 7. Partial Denture Design Principles and Design Sequence 8. Surveying and Determining the Most Advantageous Treatment Position 9. Diagnosis, Treatment Planning, and Intraoral Preparation 10. Impressions for the RPD Framework and Laboratory Instructions 11. RPD Digital Design and Manufacturing 12. Physiologic Adjustment of the RPD Casting and Altered Cast Impressions 13. Maxillomandibular Records and Occlusion for RPDs 14. Optimizing Esthetics: Attachments and Rotational Path RPDs 15. Surveyed Crowns and Combined Fixed RPD Cases 16. Overlay RPDs Using Retained Roots and Implants 17. Using the RPI System for Defects of the Maxilla and Mandible 18. Treatment Removable Partial Dentures 19. Insertion and Maintenance of RPDs 20. Clinical Appointment Sequence
In the 1960s, Professor F. J. Kratochvil recognized the importance of biomechanics in removable partial denture (RPD) design and used these principles to develop a new design philosophy. This RPI system-a clasp assembly consisting of a rest, a proximal plate, and an I-bar retainer-changed how clinicians approach partial denture design and is now used throughout the world. This textbook provides an overview of Kratochvil's design philosophy and the basic principles of biomechanics it is based upon. Topics include components of RPDs and their functions, design sequences for maxillary and mandibular RPDs, and techniques for surveying and determining the most advantageous treatment position. A chapter dedicated to digital design and manufacturing of RPD frameworks highlights new technology in this emerging field. Additional topics include optimizing esthetic outcomes through attachments and rotational path RPDs as well as applying the RPI system to patients with maxillofacial defects.
The authors provide illustrations of clinical cases throughout the book as well as an illustrated glossary of prosthodontic terminology. This textbook will prepare students and general practitioners to design and fabricate a biomechanically sound RPD framework for just about any dental configuration they encounter. 748 Illustrations.