A denture or a complete denture as it is often called, is an removable replacement for missing teeth in the mouth, replaces natural teeth, and provides support for the cheeks and lips. There are two types of dentures available
Complete Dentures: As name suggest it is used when all the teeth are missing.
Partial Denture: When some natural teeth remain then partial denture is used.
Most dentures are made of acrylic and can be fabricated in two different ways.
- A conventional denture is made after all teeth have been extracted and the tissues (gums) have healed.
- An immediate denture is fabricated and inserted immediately after the teeth are extracted and the tissues are allowed to heal under the denture.
- An upper denture has acrylic, usually flesh-colored, that covers the palate (roof of the mouth).
- A lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to leave room for the tongue.
Complete Dentures: They can be used as either “conventional” or “immediate” . Which means conventional denture is made and fitted in the mouth for 8-10 month till the gum tissue has healed after teeth removal. Whereas immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. As a result, the patient does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
Partial Dentures: Partial denture usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. There are removable.