The dentures are broadly divided into two types :
- Complete dentures: These dentures are used to replace all the missing teeth. It is recommended by a dentist when most of the teeth are lost in the same arch.
- Partial dentures: It is recommended when some of the teeth are lost by a patient, which is affecting their appearance, the way they speak and lacking confidence.
Dentures are also further characterized as;-
- Immediate dentures: Immediate dentures are given on the same day when a teeth extraction is performed. They are effective in reducing the bleeding from the socket.
- Conventional dentures: The conventional dentures are given between 8-12 weeks after the teeth extraction procedure is conducted and gums are healed in most cases. They are also called cleaning dentures as they can be easily removed and fitted inside the mouth whenever required.
- Cast Partial dentures: They are also known as Removable partial dentures. It contains a cast metal structure that consists of artificial teeth.
- Flexible dentures: Flexible partial dentures are made up of softer material than regular dentures. They are made up of thin material, comfortable and lightweight, best for chewing.
- Overdenture: These dentures are best to support the teeth and jaw functioning. They provide the best support and balance the denture teeth.
- Fixed partial denture: Fixed partial denture is a dental fix to replace the missing teeth that are permanently attached to the adjacent teeth.
Removable partial dentures: Removable partial denture is a plate of teeth. They help to restore teeth when only a few are lost. The device consists of false teeth attached to a structure that easily fits in the mouth.