With complete dentures, an acrylic base is made to fit over your gums. There are two varieties of complete, or full, dentures. Conventional full dentures are placed into your mouth after any remaining teeth have been removed and the tissues have healed, which can take several months. Immediate full dentures are placed immediately after the remaining teeth are removed. As a result, immediate dentures require more adjustments.
Partial dentures, on the other hand, rest on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Occasionally, crowns will be placed on natural teeth to serve as anchors for the denture. Designed to fill in the spaces created by natural teeth, a partial denture can also prevent surrounding teeth from changing position.