Dentures are devices that replace teeth. They fall into two categories: complete and partial dentures.
Complete dentures can be conventional or immediate, the difference being when the dentures are made. Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been removed. Due to the healing process they cannot be used for 8 to 12 weeks after the extractions have taken place. Conventional dentures are a better fit and require fewer adjustments than immediate dentures. In general a combination of both is the optimum.
If one or more natural teeth remain in the jaw a bridge linking the new teeth is cemented in place using a gum-coloured plastic base or a metal framework.
WHAT TO EXPECT
This process requires a number of visits to the dentist. The extractions can be painful with patients experiencing some pain and discomfort in the days following the treatments too. The fitting of the denture usually involves immediate then conventional full or partial dentures.
The process is less time consuming and expensive than implants
Adhesive may be necessary to keep the dentures in place. If over-used, adhesive can cause inflammation in the mouth.