Dentures are removable dental restorations made to replace missing gum and teeth. They can be separated into two types: complete dentures and removable partial dentures.
Complete dentures (CDs) are recommended when all the teeth are missing. CDs are custom-made in the dental laboratory once the dentist takes an accurate impression and bite of your mouth. Using the dental model from the impression, an esthetic acrylic resin teeth are set over an acrylic base. CDs are designed to naturally resemble the gums and the teeth for improved esthetics and function. Complete dentures can be supported by your gum and palate or by dental implants (over-dentures) for improved comfort, retention, and stability.
Removable partial dentures (RPDs) are recommended when only a few teeth are missing. Similar to the complete denture, RPDs are custom-made in the dental laboratory once the dentist takes an accurate impression and bite of your mouth. However, this procedure may involve an additional step where slight preparations are made to the natural teeth to provide support and retention for the removable partial prosthesis. Either than natural teeth, RPDs can also be supported and retained by fixed dental restorations such as crowns and bridges, and/or implants.