A denture is a set of removable appliances used as a replacement for missing teeth and the surrounding tissues. Dentures make speaking and eating easier, particularly when natural teeth are lost due to decay, gum disease, or injury. Dentures help fill out the appearance of your face and profile, thus improving your smile.
Types of Dentures:
There are mainly two types of dentures, namely:
They are used where all teeth are missing. They can be conventional or immediate. Conventional dentures are made approximately 8-12 weeks after all teeth are removed, and the gum begins to heal. Immediate dentures, on the other hand, are a temporary solution prior to conventional dentures. They are made in advance and positioned as soon as the teeth are removed.
They are used when one or more of the natural teeth still exist in either the lower or the upper jaw. They consist of a fixed bridge cemented into place with crowns on either side of the space left by missing teeth. Partial dentures fill the spaces left and prevent other teeth from shifting position. Partial dentures are removable with internal attachments to the adjacent crowns.