What Are the Different Types of Dentures?


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Complete and partial dentures are the two major types of dentures. Complete dentures are used to cover the entire jaw and replace all the missing teeth. Partial dentures are used when a few teeth are missing in the lower or upper jaw.

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A complete denture has a plastic base that is colored to resemble the gum tissue and supports a full set of porcelain or plastic teeth. It is held in the mouth by attaching it to a dental implant that is surgically affixed to the jawbone or by forming a seal with the gums.

There are two types of complete dentures: convectional and immediate dentures. Immediate dentures are made in advance and can be placed in the mouth as soon as the teeth are removed. Convectional dentures are only placed in the mouth 8 to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed.

A partial denture can be made of a plastic base or metal framework with a number of false teeth attached to it. It is held in the mouth by rests and clasps that are affixed around the remaining teeth. Partial dentures are used to prevent the remaining natural teeth from changing position and to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth.

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