Dentures are also known as false teeth. This is a prosthesis that is worn in the mouth of the patient due to a loss of their own natural teeth. There are two types of dentures that you mainly get – either partial or complete dentures. The main difference between the two would be whether or not you still have some natural teeth remaining therefore only partial dentures may be placed otherwise complete dentures will be recommended.
In the case of complete dentures, you may either be placed with conventional dentures or immediate dentures. Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and your natural gum tissue has healed while placement can then be made after 8-12 weeks after the mouth has healed. Whereas immediate dentures are made in advance and may be placed straight after the teeth have been removed. This will result in the wearer not having to be without teeth during the healing process of the gum tissue. While the gums are healing the size of the gum tissue may change therefore further adjustments may be required with immediate dentures compared with conventional dentures. Partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth that are attached to a pink coloured base to match with the patients gums. This is connected by a metal framework which holds the denture in place in the mouth. The denture replaces some of the natural teeth by placing crowns on either side of the space and attaching artificial teeth to them. Once the denture has been cemented into place it not only fills the spaces of the missing teeth but also prevents the natural teeth from moving or to change their position.
The alternative to having dentures would be dental implants or permanent bridge work. The costs may sometimes be greater than the standard denture but may be a good alternative as they resemble the feel and look of real teeth. To consider these alternatives consult with your dentist first as not everyone may be a suitable candidate for implants due to bone density.