Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and placed back into the mouth as needed for hygiene or repair purposes. Dentures may be partial dentures replacing one or more of the missing teeth or complete replacing all the teeth in one arch.
- Removable partial denture may be made from a resin materials with tooth-colored acrylic teeth and gum-colored base. They may be made of a metallic base, gum-colored flanges, and tooth-colored acrylic or porcelain teeth.
- Conventional full dentures are made when all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal before the dentures are placed. It could take a few months prior to making these dentures.
- Immediate full dentures are prepared prior to extraction of the teeth and inserted immediately afterward. Since they are prepared prior to extraction of the teeth, they would be ill-fitting and require soft lining in the beginning, frequent adjustments and when the gum is healed adequately a hard or durable soft lining will be needed.
In general dentures being artificial, do not feel like real teeth and would need some time to be tolerated by the individual wearer. Maintaining these prostheses is highly recommended as the oral tissues do change by time that requires re-balancing, re-adjusting or relining the dentures.