If you’ve lost some or all of your natural teeth, due to periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, dentures can replace your missing teeth and your smile. A denture is typically a removable appliance that not only replaces teeth, but the gums and bone support associated with the area missing teeth.
Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making a person appear older. Dentures also allow patients to eat and speak more easily.
A conventional full denture is made and placed in the patient’s mouth after all the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed.
An interim (or temporary) denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. With interim dentures, the denture wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period, but the denture will need multiple relines to fit as the gums heal.
A partial denture usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base, which is often reinforced by a metal framework.