Dentures are removable dental appliances made to closely resemble natural teeth that replace missing teeth and surrounding tissue. The two types of dentures are:
Complete dentures– used when all of the teeth are missing and may be either “conventional” or“immediate”. Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and gum tissues has healed, leaving the patient without teeth for 4-6 weeks. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, such that the patient does not have to go without teeth during the healing process.
Partial dentures– used when some natural teeth remain. They not only fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, they prevent other teeth from shifting.