Complete dentures are restorations made for a patient who doesn’t have any teeth of their own. After teeth are removed, the bone which was supporting the teeth begins to resorb or shrink away over time. Often this leaves little structure for a denture to rest on, often making the dentures loose and difficult to control. Complete dentures are typically made out of modern high density plastic materials, including the teeth. Replacement teeth have been developed that are very natural looking and highly esthetic.
A Complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the mouth soft tissue has healed, usually takes 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the patient will go without teeth.
Immediate dentures are fabricated in advance of having teeth removed. It is immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. After the tissues shrink during healing, a reline of the immediate denture will be necessary to make the denture stable again. Dentures are usually very durable, lasting many years. Nevertheless, they may have to be remade, repaired, or teeth replaced due to normal wear.