Dentures are designed to resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile. They are a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue.
There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures.
Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing. They can be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed. This prevents the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will be made.
Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A Partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, but it also prevents other teeth from shifting.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.