Whether you are missing only a few of your teeth, or all of them, dentures are a common solution to replace missing teeth.

What are dentures?

There are several types of dentures:
• Conventional (complete)
• Partial
• Overdenture
• Immediate

Conventional dentures are typically a full set of removable top and bottom replacement teeth. They are made from molds that are taken of your internal mouth structures after all your original teeth are gone or removed. The top piece entirely covers the roof of your mouth, while the bottom is shaped like a horseshoe to leave room for the tongue.

Partial dentures are removable appliances that only replace a few missing teeth in the mouth. They can be made for missing top or bottom teeth. These artificial teeth sit on a metal framework or plastic base that attaches to your existing teeth.

Overdentures look like complete dentures but can be used if some of your natural teeth remain. Sliding over the remaining teeth and gums, they offer good stability when talking or biting into and chewing hard or tough foods.

Immediate dentures are a semi-permanent solution. They can be used while your jaw bone and gums are healing after all your teeth are removed. These may be adjusted a few months later, or you may be given a new set of dentures to use after healing is complete.

Because there are so many denture options, it is important to get all your questions answered. Scheduling an appointment to talk with your dentist about dentures is a great first step.

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