Dentures are artificial or prosthetic teeth, which are fitted inside the mouth when all teeth are lost, or one or few teeth are lost. Thus dentures can be complete or partial.
Full Dentures (Complete)
Complete dentures are for a mouth where all teeth are lost, and they are totally removable. Hence it can be worn, and taken out as and when wanted.
A complete denture needs to be taken out every day for complete cleaning to avoid build up of germs and food debris etc, and to maintain oral hygiene and healthy odour.
Partial dentures are used when one or more teeth are missing, but many natural teeth are still present.
Partial dentures helps regain teeth functionality, as the denture is help on to place with metal wears, or through dental bridges made over a crown worn on natural teeth.
Partial dentures are strong and need not be removed from mouth everyday. But these dentures need equal or even more care and maintenance for oral hygiene.
Who is it for?
Dentures are low cost replacement for teeth, and anyone can afford them. Often with complete removal of all teeth, conventional dentures are fitted only when the gum tissues heal completely.
And this may take up to 8 weeks. But if instant immediate dentures are fitted, then they will have to be adjusted often with the healing and shrinking of gum tissues.