Dentures are a common restorative device used to replace missing teeth. It is a removable prosthetic device that contains artificial teeth supported in a framework. Dentures allows for the ability to chew and bite properly and prevent a sagging facial appearance.
There are two types of dentures available – complete and partial dentures.
Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing in one full arch either upper or lower. There are two types of complete denture the conventional and immediate.
Conventional dentures are place after the gums have healed form the extraction. While the immediate dentures are placed as soon as the teeth are removed. Immediate dentures are considered a temporary solution for esthetic reason until conventional dentures will be available.
The partial dentures are used when some of the natural teeth remain.
In removable partial dentures, the missing tooth is replaced by a plastic base which is sometimes connected to a metal framework that holds the denture in place. It also prevents other teeth form changing position after missing the adjacent teeth.
Another option of partial denture is the precision partial dentures, which is also removable but instead of using clasp to attached to adjacent tooth it uses an internal attachment to the remaining tooth thus looks more natural.