When is a denture necessary?

People who have lost their teeth either on the upper or the lower jaw or on both need dentures. Dentures help the patient to eat with ease, speak coherently with restored confidence and self-esteem. When teeth are missing, or if there are gaps or if the teeth are crooked they can be replaced by partial dentures. Dentures are necessary as they support the remaining natural teeth and offer support besides preventing gum disease.

What are the different types of dentures available?

As a more complex operation, crown and bridge or fixed partial dentures are created from crowns that are fixed on the natural teeth to function as abutments with pontics designed from specific materials that look like the natural teeth. As a cost-effective type of denture, removable partial dentures can be used for patients who have missing teeth or a tooth on a specific arch. Complete dentures or full dentures are created for patients who have no teeth on the upper or maxillary arch or the mandibular or the lower arch.


As a prosthetic device, dentures are also called false teeth which are used to replace teeth that are missing or the teeth that have become decayed. There are various designs that are used by dentists today such as conventional dentures that can be removed and dentures that are fixed by clasping or bonding or dental implants. Different categories of dentures are used depending on whether they are to be placed on the maxillary arch or the mandibular arch. Made from metal or acrylic or plastic, dentures can be full or complete where all the teeth of the upper and lower jaw can be replaced or a partial denture can be done to replace spaces left by missing teeth that would be fixed with precision attachments or metal clasps.