Dentures are custom-made to replace missing teeth. Dentures can either be made to be full (all teeth on the top or bottom of the mouth) or partial (connects to existing teeth to fill a space).
What to expect
It can take time before your dentures are actually placed. At times, decaying teeth may need to be pulled. If any teeth are pulled, your mouth and gums will need time to heal before dentures can be made.
The material used in your dentures depends on if you need full or partial dentures.
Full dentures are made of acrylic to comfortably fit your gums. The base of the denture either covers the roof of your mouth (top dentures) or is U-shaped (bottom dentures).
Partial dentures have an acrylic base with a metal support. Partial dentures can hook to nearby teeth, which may need crowns to assist in attachment of the dentures.
After the procedure
Dentures may need to be refitted over time due to wear and gum and bone changes. Professional cleanings and dental visits are recommended to ensure your dentures are still working properly to support your smile.