A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. Two types of dentures are available.
A removable partial denture or bridge usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum colored plastic base, which is connected to a metal framework that holds the denture in place.
Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw.
Complete dentures can be either “conventional” or “immediate”. Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal.
They are typically ready for placement 8 to 12 weeks later, so a patient may have to be without teeth for a period of time.
Immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon the teeth are removed. However, since bones and gums shrink during the healing process, they will require more adjustment to fit properly.
Most people have issues retaining their complete dentures. Implant-retained ones would provide a better and more secure fit and enable the patient to function more normally at a chewing capacity close to that of the natural dentition.