Complete dentures are used to replace missing teeth for people with no remaining teeth. Dentures may also be used for people who have lost several teeth. In this case, the appliance is called a partial denture or an overdenture.
Tooth loss may result from periodontal disease (gum disease), tooth decay, or traumatic injury. It is very important to replace missing teeth. The ill effects of not doing so can be a shift in remaining teeth, an inability to bite and chew properly, as well as a sagging facial appearance, which makes one appear older than they are.
The beauty of dentures today is that they are designed to be comfortable and functional. They are very similar in appearance to natural teeth, and can improve a smile or facial appearance.
Removable Partial Dentures are designed for partially edentulous people. People typically prefer fixed partial dentures (dental bridges) over removable partial dentures, though some partially edentulous people do not qualify for fixed partial dentures because they lack the supporting tissues to which fixed dentures attach.
Fixed Partial Dentures, like removable partial dentures, are designed for partially-edentulous people. Fixed partial dentures are commonly called “dental bridges” and are more costly than removable partial dentures; however, they provide the most natural results for the treatment of partially-edentulous people.