A denture is a removable appliance for the replacement of missing teeth and made of special acrylic and sometimes in combination with various metals or porcelains. Complete dentures replace all the extracted natural teeth while partial dentures fills only the spaces created by the missing natural teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position.
Complete dentures are either “Conventional” or “Immediate.” A conventional denture is placed in the mouth after all the natural teeth have been removed and the tissue has healed.
An immediate denture is inserted as soon as the natural teeth are removed. The benefits behind an immediate denture are that it allows you never to be without dentures while the extraction sites are healing. It also helps to keep the swelling to a minimum and saves you from the embarrassment of being without any teeth. However the new immediate denture may require adjustment or a reline once your mouth has healed to ensure a good fit.
Most people believe that dentures last forever. That’s NOT true as Dentures should be replaced every five years as your face, jaw and gums change over the years. Dentures are made of a stable and rigid material and cannot adapt to these physical changes.