Types of Dentures
Partial denture: A partial denture is made to fill the space left by a few missing teeth. To hold the partial denture in position, clasps are used to secure the denture to nearby natural teeth.
Full denture: A full denture is made when all the natural teeth are missing. It is fitted to replace the upper teeth, lower teeth, or both.
Immediate denture: The dentist inserts an immediate denture at the same appointment as the teeth are extracted. The advantage is that the patient avoids a period without teeth.
Dentures can be made of acrylic or metal. Your dentist will advise you about the best material for you.
Making and Fitting the Dentures
Dentures are composed of artificial teeth bonded to a plastic base. The dentist makes an impression of the dental arch and remaining teeth (if any), using a special impression material. The colour and shape of the artificial teeth can be closely matched to your natural teeth. A few short appointments are required in order to make a new set of dentures.