Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. There are two types of dentures: complete and partial dentures. When all the teeth are missing, complete dentures are used. When only some teeth are missing, partial dentures are used.
Complete dentures can be either "conventional" or "immediate." Conventional dentures are ready for placement about eight to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed. Immediate dentures can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. One of the benefits of immediate dentures is that the patient is never without teeth during the healing period. However, bones and gums shrink especially during the healing period following tooth removal. Therefore, immediate dentures may require more adjustments during the healing process and are generally only a temporary solution until the conventional dentures are placed.
A partial denture is a removable device to replace missing teeth. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain. These denture fills in the space caused by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position.
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