When teeth are removed it can take up to 6 months for the bone and gums to form a stable shape. During this time, a plastic “temporary” or “immediate” denture can be made. A partial denture can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. Full dentures are needed when there are no teeth left in the upper or lower jaw. A denture must be removed for cleaning and should be taken out at night. There are a variety of types, but they usually include a metal and/or plastic base carrying plastic or porcelain artificial teeth. Metal clasps are usually used to keep the denture in position. Where possible, these are hidden so that they can’t be seen during smiling and talking. It is very important to have realistic expectations of dentures. They should help you to eat, speak and smile confidently, but even the best dentures won’t feel the same as natural teeth.


  • This is the most economical method of tooth replacement.
  • Ability to replace multiple teeth in multiple areas with one appliance.


  • Upper dentures cover the palate, thus they may affect the sense of temperature and taste of food.
  • Full lower dentures can be very difficult to keep in place.
  • Denture fixative is usually recommended – as even well-made dentures which fit the mouth exactly, do not guarantee a perfect retention.
  • Wearing a removable appliance can be uncomfortable for your gums and teeth. Least functionally pleasing missing tooth replacement option.