A denture is a removable prosthetic device that is used to simulate a person’s missing teeth. Dentures are made to resemble a person’s natural teeth and gum tissue, and are usually made of acrylic plastic, but porcelain or other materials can be used as well.
There are two core types of dentures; Full (or Complete) dentures and Partial dentures:
Full dentures replace all of the missing teeth in the upper arch or the lower arch of the mouth.
Partial dentures are used when a few teeth are missing in either the upper or lower mouth. They help fill in the empty spaces and prevent a person’s other teeth from shifting position.
Dentures not only help in chewing food, but also help support the surrounding teeth while keeping the shape or structure of the mouth.
Alternatives to dentures
An alternative to full dentures is an All-on-4. A possible alternatives to partial dentures are a bridge or an implant, depending on how many teeth are being replaced. All-on-4’s, bridges, and implants are not removable and resemble natural teeth more closely.