People wear dentures to replace lost or missing teeth so they can enjoy a healthy diet and smile with confidence. Dentures are made of either acrylic (plastic) or metal.
A ‘complete’ or ‘full’ denture is one which replaces all the natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. Full dentures, to replace all your own teeth, fit snugly over your gums. They will help you to eat comfortably and speak clearly, and will improve your confidence and self-esteem. They are made out of acrylic and take 4 -5 visits to complete
A ‘partial’ denture fills in the spaces left by lost or missing teeth. It may be fastened to your natural teeth with metal clasps or ‘precision attachments’. Partial Dentures can be made out of acrylic or occasionally Colbalt Chrome. They usually take 4-5 visits to make. An acrylic denture can also be made as an immediate type denture which is made to fit on the day of extraction of a tooth.
The advantages to a denture is that it is removable, meaning that cleaning the adjacent teeth and the denture is easy, it requires no preparation/destruction of the teeth on either side of the gap and they are simple and cost effective to make. Teeth can also be easily added to acrylic dentures in the future.
The disadvantages of a denture are that it’s not a fixed solution, it can feel like a foreign body in the mouth which can take time to get used to, they need to be removed overnight and to be cleaned 3-4 times per day to prevent decay of the teeth which surround the denture. Also a denture made immediately will need replacement in 6-12 months as the bone heals around the socket.