Artificial replacements for the natural teeth and gums are called a denture. If there are only a few healthy teeth or none at all, dentures can be used to replace the missing teeth. There are two types of dentures, partial and complete dentures. They can either be conventional removable dentures or fixed over-dentures.
Partial dentures may be used when nearby teeth are not strong enough to hold a bridge, or when more than just a few teeth are missing. Partial dentures are made up of one or more artificial teeth held in place by clasps that fit onto nearby natural teeth.
Complete dentures are used when all the natural teeth are missing. If you do not wish to be without teeth until the denture is ready, immediate dentures may be an option. On the day of the extraction, the immediate denture is placed in the mouth. During the healing period, your bones and gums go under remodeling thus requiring relines for a proper fit.
An over-denture is a removable denture that fits over the natural teeth left in your mouth or over dental implants. This greatly improves the retention of the denture so that you can enjoy your food better and you are not worried about using denture adhesives.
Dentures also need daily care just like natural teeth. Also make sure to visit your dentist regularly, at least once a year.