Dentures are a removable dental appliance and a replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.
Dentures can be made to completely or partially replace teeth. Complete sets are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial set not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.
A complete denture can be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum and bone tissues have completely healed and remodeled (this usually takes 6 months). These are usually made as a replacement set for an old and worn-out denture. Immediate set is made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made. Soft and hard relines also help to ensure a well-adapted and comfortable fit.