Replacing missing teeth is an important step in maintaining a healthy smile. Dentures or partial dentures fill in the spaces created by missing teeth. Dentures help patients chew food properly and can improve speech or a sagging face. Dentures are made of acrylic resin, and in some cases, a combination of metals. There are four primary types of dentures:
- Complete— this type of denture replaces all of the teeth and their adjacent tissues.
- Partial— This type acts as a dental bridge, “bridging” the gap between missing tooth/teeth.
- Conventional— This type of denture allows a recovery time, typically four to eight weeks, after all of the teeth are extracted before the dentures are placed in the mouth.
- Immediate— This type does not allow a healing period after all the teeth are removed. The dentures are immediately fitted into the mouth. Additional adjustments may be necessary as healing occurs.