Dentures are removable artificial teeth and intended to replace missing teeth. Two types of dentures are available -- complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
Complete dentures can be either "conventional" or "immediate."
These are made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed up. A conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth about eight to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed.
Unlike conventional dentures, immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. As a result, the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bones and gums shrink over time, especially during the healing period following tooth removal. Therefore a disadvantage of immediate dentures compared with conventional dentures is that they require more adjustments for fitting.
Implant supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures are a great service for patients. These are the middle ground between the conventional denture that uses adhesive and the more expensive advanced full-arch dental implants.
Benefits and advantages of Dental Implants:
- They are an affordable option for significant improvement in the ability to chew and smile
- Implant-supported dentures are sturdy and don’t need adhesive
- They function more like natural teeth
- The denture is removable, making it easy to clean
- This option preserves gum tissue and bone
Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases. Depending on your needs, your dentist will design a partial denture for you. A partial denture may have a metal framework and clasps that connect to your teeth, or they can have other connectors that are more natural looking.