A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available -- complete and partial dentures.
Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
Complete dentures can be either "conventional" or "immediate." 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.
A partial denture is useful at preventing your remaining teeth from shifting out of position due to lost teeth. If there is a gap in a row of teeth then
what happens is that the teeth either side start moving out of position due to a lack of support. This shifting of position can cause a whole range of problems
such as bone loss around that area.
A partial denture can prevent this and is further boosted by the addition of dental implants. These implants will help to secure the denture in place.
A complete or full set of dentures are worn as a replacement for all of your teeth.
This is a good option if you have had all your teeth removed as a result of an accident, illness or injury.