Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as you please. Depending on the need and diagnosis, patients may receive full or partial dentures. Full dentures are used when all the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of dentures.
There are two types of full dentures.
Conventional Full Dentures: This is when all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal before the dentures are placed. It could take a few months for the gum tissue to heal completely, and during this time you will be without teeth.
Immediate Full Dentures: Prior to having your teeth removed, measurements will be taken, and dentures fitted to your mouth. After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. The benefit is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth. You will, however, need to have a follow up visit to refit your dentures because the jaw bone will slightly change shape as your mouth heels.
Partial dentures are another option when not all of your teeth need to be removed. This is similar to a bridge, but it is not a permanent fixture in your mouth.