TYPES OF DENTURES
Complete or full dentures replace all of the natural teeth in either the maxillary (upper) or mandibular (lower) jaw. If you have lost all your natural teeth, complete dentures can be the best fit for you. Complete dentures are further classified into two categories - conventional and immediate. Conventional complete dentures can be fitted in the mouth about 10 to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal. As the name suggests, the immediate complete dentures are pre-made and fitted in the mouth as soon as the teeth are extracted.
Partial dentures are recommended when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. The gaps are filled with a bridgework of artificial teeth, also known as partial dentures, and by placing the crowns on adjacent natural teeth. The removable partial denture or bridgework is attached to a pink or gum-colored acrylic base, which is sometimes connected by a metal framework. Partial dentures offer the benefit of preventing the natural teeth from shifting and becoming misaligned.