Dentures are a removable appliance to replace missing teeth. The following are types of dentures:
1) Complete denture: all teeth are removed then the mouth is allowed to heal for 3 months. Over a series of 5 appointments the teeth are made then delivered to you.
2) Immediate denture: an impression is made before teeth are removed. Then, at the teeth removal visit, the dentures are place. With this type of denture you do not have to go without teeth.
3) Overdenture: at least 2 implants are made so that a denture actually snaps in to place which ensures a better placement.
4) All-on-Four: a fixed denture. It is attached to four implants in a way that it can only be removed by a dentist
Other denture term:
1) partial denture: a removable appliance that replaces on or more teeth. It is like an orthodontic retainer but with teeth. Sometimes is it called a flipper.
After a denture has been placed the bone under the gum tissue shrinks over time. So after about 3 months an impression is made inside the denture, then the lab will add on more denture base to make the denture fit snuggly once again.
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