Dentures replace one or more missing teeth. They are custom made by taking an impression of your mouth.
A removable partial denture replaces one or more natural teeth. The denture is held in the mouth by clasps which fit on to the natural teeth. A partial denture includes plastic teeth joined by a metal or a plastic framework. A metal frame has the advantage of being stronger and will therefore last longer. Plastic only frames are often thicker for added support which can feel bulkier in the mouth.
If you are missing all of your teeth then full/complete dentures are required. These are removable and include immediate and conventional dentures.
Immediate dentures are created before the removal of teeth and are put in place immediately following extraction. As the mouth requires time to heal, immediate dentures can be more complex and the fit and look of the denture can be less predictable. The jaw bones will shrink significantly within the first three months of the teeth being extracted and the denture will require a reline once the mouth has completely healed and the bone has stabilized.
Conventional dentures are made following tooth extraction and the healing of your mouth (generally 3-6 months). This allows time for your mouth to heal and provides a more precise fit for your mouth.
An overdenture is a removable partial or complete denture that is placed over roots or implants.
How long will it last?
A denture can last on average 5-10 years. A number of factors can influence the lifespan including the health of any remaining teeth, how a denture is cared for, whether a denture is worn, among others.