Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available — complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing. The remaining teeth are first removed and the gum tissue is allowed to heal for 8 to 12 weeks. The dentures are ready for placement in the mouth once the gums have healed.
Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. It usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-coloured plastic base, which is sometimes connected by a metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. A fixed bridge replaces one or more teeth by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the space and attaching artificial teeth to them. This is more natural-looking.