There are various types of complete dentures. A conventional full denture is made and placed in the patients mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed. Healing may take several months. A complete denture may be attached with several implants (artificial roots that attach directly to the jaw), which allows for a more secure fit. Properly healed implants can help reduce jaw and gum shrinkage.
An immediate complete denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. With immediate dentures, the denture wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, the gum tissue usually shrinks and a reline may be needed sooner than with a conventional full denture.
If you are missing teeth, a removable partial denture may be for you. A removable partial denture helps you chew your food properly, which often is difficult when teeth are missing. By supporting your lips and cheeks, a removable partial denture also can help improve your speech and prevent your face from sagging.