A denture is a prosthesis that is placed to assist in the replacement of missing teeth. Dentures can be for the upper or the lower jaw, they can be partial (replacing only a few teeth) or they can be full (replacing all teeth on either jaw).
1 - Partial dentures
Partial dentures are often used instead of other tooth replacement methods when the surrounding natural teeth are not strong enough to support structures such as dental bridges, or when more than one or two teeth are missing.
The partial dentures are fitted to the part of the gum line that they will sit on, and fasten to nearby natural teeth to keep from falling out of place.
They are not permanently fastened, however, and can be easily taken out at any time for cleaning and while sleeping.
2 - Full dentures
Full dentures, otherwise known as complete dentures, are dentures that replace all of your natural teeth. You can have them fitted for your top or bottom gum line, and are held in place by suction and/or the help of an oral adhesive. Just like partial dentures, they are easily removable.
3 – Overdenture – Denture Implant
Dentures can also be made to attach to implants to help provide dentures that are more stable in the mouth where there are not teeth left in the mouth to stabilise the dentures. Dentures can assist in ensuring better quality of life, can assist with better chewing and can improve aesthetics helping bring confidence to patients.
These are dentures which are anchored by dental implants. A dental implant is a permanent fixture that is anchored to the jawbone and can be used to replace any number of teeth.