The partial denture is made to replace one or many missing teeth in one arch of your mouth. It is fabricated when there are still some teeth left in order to support the partial denture. It is made with small metal hooks that attach to the natural teeth and are designed to support the denture. This option is usually chosen for its affordable price and when the remaining teeth are not strong enough to hold bridges.
The complete denture is a good replacement option when there aren’t any natural teeth left in either the upper or lower arch. Complete dentures stay in place by suction and muscle control.
In order to fabricate a denture, your dentist or your denturist will need to take impressions of your mouth. A model made from these impressions will be used to fabricate the denture. It may be hard to get used to your denture, it takes several days, even weeks to get used to your new denture.
There are two ways to make a denture, immediate dentures or conventional dentures.
Immediate dentures are made before your teeth are extracted. Your dentist or denturist will take impressions of your mouth and teeth before they are extracted and fabricate a denture so that when you have your teeth extracted, you have a denture to replace them right away. This type of denture requires many adjustments afterward because as the tissues heal and shrink, the fit will change.
Conventional dentures are made after the teeth are extracted and the bone and tissues are healed. Once your teeth are extracted, you usually wait up to 3 months until you can take impressions and have your dentures made.