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WHAT ARE DENTURES?
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent tissues. It is made of acrylic resin, sometimes in combination with various metals. A denture improves chewing ability and speech, and provides support for facial muscles. It will greatly enhance the facial appearance and smile.
COMPLETE DENTURES VS. PARTIAL DENTURES
Complete dentures replace all the teeth, while a partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position. Candidates for complete dentures have lost most or all of their teeth, whereas a partial denture is suitable for those who have some natural teeth remaining. Complete or full dentures are made when all of your natural teeth are missing. Partial dentures are often a solution when several teeth are missing.
COMPLETE DENTURE ADVANTAGES
Complete dentures are called “conventional” or “immediate” according to when they are made and when they are inserted into the mouth. Immediate dentures are inserted immediately after the removal of the remaining teeth. An advantage of immediate dentures is that the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. A conventional denture can then be made once the tissues have healed.
WHAT ARE PARTIAL DENTURES?
Removable partial dentures attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments. Precision attachments look more natural than metal clasps and are nearly invisible. Crowns on your natural teeth may improve the fit of a removable partial denture and they are usually required with attachments. Dentures with precision attachments generally cost more than those with metal clasps.