Dentures, also known as false teeth, have enabled people who have lost teeth to eat and smile again. They are removable prosthetic devices made of acrylic (plastic), nylon or metal, that are supported by the tissue around them, or by remaining teeth in the case of partials. Having a total or partial denture may never replace natural teeth, but it allows the patient to eat, talk and smile with confidence, and today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.
Dentures come in a great variety of sizes, forms, and materials. Most of them are removable, although a few of them are semi-fixed. Some dentures rely on bonding or clasping onto remaining teeth or implants, while others, like full dentures, are just placed snugly over the jawbone.
Dentures used to replace some or all missing teeth are divided into two categories: the mandibular arch (jaw) and the maxillary arch (upper teeth). Note that in a few cases, a dentist may have to pull out the remaining natural teeth for the denture to function properly, but the goal is always to save natural teeth because there is no substitute as good.