Dentures are removable false teeth created to replace missing teeth. These devices are supported in your mouth by your gums and/or remaining teeth.
Complete vs. Partial Dentures
Complete dentures replace all of the teeth in your mouth, while partial dentures fill in the spaces created by a few missing teeth.
Complete dentures can be either “immediate” or “conventional.” An immediate denture is a complete denture or partial denture that is inserted on the same day, immediately following the removal of the natural teeth. The immediate denture acts as a quick fix to protect the tissues and reduce bleeding after a tooth is extracted. A conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth about 10 weeks after the teeth have been removed, giving the gum tissue time to heal.
Partial dentures are necessary for patients with missing teeth, because they can prevent other teeth from shifting position. A removable partial denture fills in the space created by missing teeth and fills out your smile. Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases, which are connected by metal framework, and attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps. Precision attachments are nearly invisible, but often require crowns on your natural teeth for a precise fit, and generally cost more than those with metal clasps.
Dentures can be a good option for patients of all ages, not just elderly patients. Call us to find out more about affordable dentures.