Dentures are removable prosthetic appliances that consist of teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases to help in chewing your food if you no longer have your natural teeth, or if your natural teeth need to be removed. Each denture is custom-fit for you and made in a lab to ensure optimal fit. They should be removed each night to allow the tissue underneath to “breathe”. The technology and technique for dentures has improved drastically in recent years. It is now possible to have implants placed into your jaw that allow the denture to be more stable in your mouth.
Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases. Depending on your needs, your dentist will design a partial denture for you. A partial denture may have a metal framework and clasps that connect to your teeth, or they can have other connectors that are more natural looking. In some cases, a removable partial denture is made to attach to your natural teeth with devices called precision attachments. Precision attachments are generally more esthetic than clasps.
Crowns on your natural teeth are sometimes needed to improve the fit of a removable partial denture and they are usually required with attachments. Partial dentures with precision attachments generally cost more than those with clasps. Consult with your dentist to find out which type is right for you.