Dr. Robert Madden, a Littleton, Colorado-based dentist, explains the two types of dentures available to patients with missing teeth. Throughout his career, Dr. Robert Madden has served as a dental consultant to several facilities for senior citizens.
Complete dentures are false teeth for when all of the teeth are missing. There are two types of complete dentures, conventional and immediate. Conventional dentures cannot be placed until the gums have begun to heal, eight to 12 weeks after teeth removal. These are a semipermanent set of dentures. Immediate dentures, a temporary solution, are made so that the patient does not have to be without teeth while waiting for the gums to heal, but these often require multiple adjustments as the mouth shrinks and changes with healing.
Partial dentures are used to fill the spaces left by missing teeth when one or more natural teeth remain in place. In addition to cosmetic improvement, partial dentures prevent existing teeth from changing positions. These are false teeth attached to a metal bridge to hold them in place.
Another alternative to dentures is dental implants, which are rising in popularity due to their resemblance to real teeth; however, implants usually cost more.