Dentures are prosthetic (false) teeth constructed to replace missing teeth. Conventional dentures are removable; however there are many different denture designs, some which rely on bonding or clipping onto teeth or dental implants. There are two main categories of dentures, partial and complete.
Partial dentures are for patients who are missing some of their teeth on a particular arch, they are generally held in by clipping to the patient's remaining teeth.
Conversely, complete dentures or full dentures are worn in patients who are missing all their teeth in an arch, these dentures rely solely on the shape of the jaw bone to hold them.
How are dentures made?
Dentures are made from a series of dental impressions which are sent to a dental laboratory. The laboratory fabricates the dentures but the final adjustment must be completed by the dentist to ensure a proper fit. It often takes multiple adjustments to get a denture to fit and function properly.