A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent tissues. It is made of acrylic resin, sometimes in combination with various metals. Complete dentures replace all the teeth, while a partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position.
Over Dentures are a type of conventional denture similar to Complete Dentures. The difference is that not all teeth are extracted and they use one or more natural teeth for their support.
This type provides greater stabilization during chewing. Over Dentures cost more and typically require more preparation and dental appointments until the procedure is fully complete.
A conventional denture is placed in the mouth about a month after all the teeth are removed to allow for proper healing. Immediate dentures are placed as soon as the teeth are removed. It may require additional adjustments after the healing process as it can take months for your bone and tissue to stabilize after tooth extractions.
Removable partial dentures attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments. Precision attachments are generally more esthetic than metal clasps and they are nearly invisible. Crowns on your natural teeth may improve the fit of a removable partial denture and they are usually required with attachments.
These replace all of your teeth, upper or lower. Their comfort depends on muscle, bones, tongue, and saliva. Patients begin wearing conventional dentures after healing the teeth that were pulled.