A complete denture is used when all your teeth are missing or need to be removed. Complete dentures can either be of the conventional or immediate type. After removal of all the teeth, conventional dentures are ready for placement in the mouth about eight to 12 weeks later. Immediate dentures are made in advance of the procedure and can be placed in the mouth the same day the teeth are removed. The advantage is that one does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
Conventional dentures are usually preferable due to the fact that gums and bones shrink during the time of the healing process. Because of this immediate dentures often require adjustment so they fit properly. These should generally be considered as a temporary solution until the conventional dentures can be fabricated.
Complete dentures require a developmental process which normally takes eight to 12 weeks and several appointments. The basic steps of this process are:
Often called a bridge, a partial denture is made of replacement teeth that are attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base which is generally connected by a metal framework which holds the denture in place in the mouth. A fixed bridge replaces one or more teeth by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the space the bridge is attached to. A precision partial denture is a removable bridge which has internal attachments which attach to the adjacent crowns.
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