Dentures are removable and are fabricated when a patient is missing all or some of their teeth.
Complete dentures are made when someone is missing all their teeth, or their remaining teeth must be removed. Complete dentures are made either immediately or taking the conventional path. Immediate dentures entail having a denture made and then placed the same day the remaining teeth are removed. This option allows patients to avoid spending time without teeth but may require more adjustments as the bone and gum tissues heal. The conventional denture route usually entails 8-12 weeks of healing after having teeth extracted. This method of denture fabrication means more time without teeth but will likely involve less adjustments in the future.
Partial dentures are fabricated when patients are missing some teeth, but still have teeth for the partial denture clasps to grasp. A metal framework with denture teeth is made and clasps are designed that will connect to the remaining teeth to help provide retention and stability.
New dentures will often take some time to get used to. This is especially true with complete dentures. It takes some time to get used to controlling the denture with your facial muscles and there may be adjustments needed where the denture meets the gum tissues. It is best for new denture wearers to start with soft foods until they are used to eating with a denture. Overall the appearance of a denture often improves esthetics and can fill out facial shape that may have been lost when teeth were lost.