A denture or a partial denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. Full dentures are a replacement for all teeth whether it’s a one arch or both upper and lower arches. Full dentures are usually fabricated from acrylic, and are meant to restore facial muscle tone, the ability to chew and of course the smile. Full dentures can be fabricated as a conventional denture when all teeth are already missing or an immediate denture when extraction of some or all teeth is needed. Full dentures can also utilize implants for support and retention (over-denture). An all porcelain Fixed Implant bridge ( Prettau® bridge ) can also be fabricated to replace all missing teeth.
Partial Dentures are removable appliances to replace one or multiple missing teeth. Partial dentures are usually fabricated from a combination of metal alloy and acrylic. Other partial dentures can be fabricated from flexible acrylic material (valplast). Partial dentures usually attach to the remaining teeth and can also utilize implants for retention and support. The number of visits can vary from one patient to another depending on the planned treatment and individual needs.