Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth. Depending on the number of teeth missing or to be removed, a patient may either be a candidate for complete or partial dentures.
Complete dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set. There are two types of complete dentures:
Conventional Complete Dentures - This is when all of the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal before the dentures are placed. It could take a few months for the gum tissue to heal completely, and during this time, you will be without teeth.
Immediate Complete Dentures - Prior to having all of your teeth removed, your dentist takes measurements and has dentures fitted for your mouth. The day the remaining teeth are removed, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. The benefit is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth. However, because the jawbone will change shape as your mouth heals, you will have to have a followup visit after a few months to refit your dentures.
Partial dentures are another option when not all of your teeth need to be removed. The main framework can either be made using cast-metal or acrylic. Clasps that hook around your natural teeth for stability are typically metal but can be made from acrylic if there are esthetic concerns.
Cast-Metal Partial Denture
All-Acrylic Partial Denture