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There are 2 types of prostheses; full and partial dentures. They are all made in a laboratory, using a mould made from impressions of your teeth.
Partial dentures (or removable partial dentures) are retained by clasps or precision attachments that connect to adjacent healthy teeth. They replace one or more teeth and must be removed for the night or for cleaning them.
They may be used when the adjacent teeth are not strong enough to withstand a bridge or when many teeth are missing.
2 base types are available:
Artificial teeth mounted on the base of the prosthesis are made of acrylic resin (plastic) and have the color of natural teeth. They can also be made of porcelain (ceramic – less used nowadays).
Immediate dentures are installed right after the removal of natural teeth. They are manufactured before tooth extractions by taking measurements of the jaw and subsequently making a study model. One of the benefits for the patient is to have a prosthesis during the gum healing period. On the other hand, it should be adjusted more frequently, because during the healing process, the shape of gums and jawbones changes; the prosthesis can become very uncomfortable.
This type of prosthesis is only placed in the mouth after complete healing of the gums and jaws following the removal of natural teeth. The main disadvantage of these dentures is that the patient stays completely or partially toothless during the healing process.
A period of time ranging from a few days to a few weeks is expected to complete the following steps, depending on where the denture is made (on-site at the clinic, in an independent laboratory, etc.):
If you had teeth removed, an adjustment of the prosthesis 3 to 6 months after the extractions is recommended because of the gingival loss that occurred during the healing period.