What Are Dentures?
If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, complete dentures can replace your missing teeth. Dentures will benefit not only your appearance but also your health. A complete denture replaces natural teeth and provides support for cheeks and lips. There are various types of complete dentures. A conventional complete denture is made and placed in the patient’s mouth after the teeth are removed and tissues have healed (which may take several months). An immediate complete denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed, and the patient doesn’t have to be without teeth during the healing period. The gum and bone tissues of the dental ridge support the denture. The framework of a denture (the base) is generally made of gum-colored acrylic plastic and dentures are made to closely resemble your natural teeth. A complete denture may also be attached with conventional dental implants to provide a more secure fit.
What Are Partials?
Removable Partial Denture
A removable partial denture is often used when someone is missing multiple teeth. It can be taken out of the mouth for cleaning. Removable partial dentures usually have replacement teeth attached to plastic bases connected by metal framework. They may attach your natural teeth with metal clasps. Removable partial dentures are often less expensive and easier to repair than a fixed partial denture. At your consultation, you and the dentist will discuss which is right for your mouth.
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