These are prosthesis which are used to replace the gaps in the mouth, these are used for the function of chewing and also used for appearance as well. These are available in two different materials, either metal or plastic, and can be full, which is all the teeth in the mouth are on the denture, or partial, which is where a few of the teeth are placed on the denture.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available: complete and partial. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
Dentures can be conventional or immediate. Made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal, a conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth about 8 to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed.
The immediate dentures are made before a procedure is carried normally in the mouth, and this are fitted very soon after the procedure is completed. This advantage of this is that the patient does not need to be without teeth for the time of the healing, for example, in the case of extraction of teeth. One of the disadvantages of this procedure is however that the gums and the bone do shrink with time, and as a result of this, the dentures generally have to have plenty of adjustments done and eventually they are replaced with conventional dentures.
These can also be anchored in place using implants and these retain the dentures as well, providing the patient with a more comfortable solution to the loss of teeth in the mouth. These are normally used where there is complete loss of teeth.
The denture development process takes several weeks and several appointments, the whole process is to develop the denture to fit the shape of the patients mouth, which is unique. In this, firstly, the dentist Makes a series of impressions of your jaw and take measurements of how your jaws relate to one another and how much space is between them. Then, the lab technician will create models, wax forms, and/or plastic patterns in the exact shape and position of the denture to be made. You will "try in" this model several times and the denture will be assessed for color, shape, and fit before the final denture is cast. Finally several adjustment appointments will be necessary to make a denture comfortable.