Dentures And Its Types

Types of Dentures

There are two types of dentures,

  • complete dentures
  • partial dentures

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures are differentiated into “conventional” and “Immediate” dentures. The conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal, a conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth about eight to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed.

Immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. As a result, the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the time of healing. However, bones and gums shrink over time, especially during the healing period following tooth removal. Therefore a big disadvantage of immediate dentures compared with conventional dentures is that they require more adjustments to fit properly during the healing process and generally should only be considered a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made.


Partial Dentures

A removable partial denture or bridge usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is linked by metal framework that holds the denture in the mouth. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. A fixed bridge replaces one or more teeth by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the space and attaching artificial teeth to them. This “bridge” is then cemented into place. Not only does a partial denture fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from changing position. A precision partial denture is removable and has internal attachments rather than clasps that attach to the adjacent crowns. This is a more natural-looking appliance.

Advantages of Dentures

  • Improves chewing ability
  • Corrects the collapsed appearance and brings back your natural appearance to the face
  • Improvement in pronouncing words better