Missing teeth can make your cheeks look hollow and your mouth look sunken. More importantly, your diet can suffer. Dentures are artificial replacements for your natural teeth and gums. If an accident, a disease or poor oral health care has left you with only a few healthy teeth or none at all, dentures to replace your missing teeth. There are 2 types of dentures: partial and complete. For both types of dentures, a model of your teeth is made by taking impressions. The models are used to custom-make your dentures.
Partial dentures are also called “removable partial denture prostheses” or “partials.” They may be used when nearby teeth are not strong enough to hold a bridge, or when more than just a few teeth are missing. Partial dentures are made up of one or more artificial teeth held in place by clasps that fit onto nearby natural teeth.
When your dental arch no longer has any teeth, a complete denture is the optimal solution. Complete dentures are what we most often refer to as “false teeth.” They are also called “full dentures” and are used when all your natural teeth are missing. Complete dentures are removable as they are held in place by suction. They can cause soreness at first and take some time to get used to. There are 2 types of complete dentures: immediate dentures and conventional dentures. Dentures can also be held in by implants, which will improve the retention of the denture.