Dentures and How They Work

When a person has teeth that are missing, they can use a prosthetic device called dentures. They may have either partial or full depending on how many teeth they are trying to replace. Full denture prosthetics take the place of all their teeth. Partial dentures are used when a few teeth are missing but need to be replaced.

How Dentures Work

Full dentures will use an acrylic base that is the same color as the gums. The upper will cover the roof of your mouth but bottom are designed in a U-shape to make room for the tongue. They are specially made in a laboratory from impressions the dentist took of your mouth. This ensures a good fit. There are three basic types of dentures.

  • Traditional Full Dentures – Once the teeth have been removed and the gums have healed, they are then placed in the mouth. Healing can take many months and you will be without your teeth for the entire time.
  • Immediate Full Dentures – These prosthetic devices are placed in your mouth as soon as your teeth have been removed. The dentist will measure your mouth and have the them preordered so that when he pulls your teeth, he can place the them immediately. This ensures you do not have to go without teeth, but it may mean a readjustment down the road after the gums fully heal.
  • Partial Dentures – These are designed to attach to other natural teeth using a metal framework.