George

Thanks for the information. Yes as you've shared, in some cases a replacement tooth can be added to a cast-metal partial. But that possibility can't be relied upon in all or possibly even in most cases.

When the metal framework of a partial is fabricated it's specifically designed to replace teeth in specific locations. And in those areas, the metal is given a wire-mesh shape. The idea is that the plastic that holds the replacement teeth in place locks in and around the mesh so it is firmly anchored.

In cases where later on a tooth is extracted, the design of the metal framework typically isn't one that's very ideal for anchoring the now-needed replacement tooth (there is no wire mesh in that area). And as such, having it stay in place over months and years of use can be problematic.

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