Dentures are a way to replace some or all teeth if they are missing. Dentures have been around in some form or another for over 2000 years and remain one of the most common ways to replace missing teeth.
When all teeth in one or both arches are missing a complete denture can be manufactured to replace the teeth and restore function. A complete denture can be made from an acrylic or nylon material and is retained in the mouth with suction and sometimes an adhesive.
Alternate To Complete
With the advent of dental implants, complete denture wearers no longer have to rely on adhesives to maintain their dentures. 2 to 4 dental implants can be placed in an arch and the denture can be designed to be retained by components that connect to the implants. Implant dentures are still removable, but have excellent retention and stability, even making the removal of the palate coverage possible on the top/maxillary denture. These benefits make wearing prosthetic teeth feel more natural.
When some teeth are missing, a partial denture can be fabricated to restore a full complement of teeth. A removable prosthetic made of acrylic, nylon, metal or a combination of these material replaces teeth and is usually secured with clasps that attach to existing teeth but can also be made to integrate crowns made specially to secure a partial denture.
In some cases, partial dentures can also incorporate dental implants. Instead of connections being made to existing teeth, implants can be strategically placed to retain the partial and replace missing teeth without putting force or clasps onto natural teeth.