Dentures are divided into complete and partial.
Complete dentures are made in case of edentulism (teeth less patients), while for the patients who have some teeth left, the solution would be partial dentures. Partial dentures can be acrylate or metal-based and are connected to other teeth by clips or attachments (clips or snaps). Partial acrylate denture is made completely of acrylate material and it is connected to other teeth by wire clips, which makes it less endurable than the metal-based denture. Therefore, it is rarely used, but its advantage is a more favorable price.
Partial metal-based denture is a more qualitative solution because, apart from greater endurance due to the metal structure, it gives a patient a greater comfort since the part of the denture that is touching the soft tissue (palate, under the tongue) is taking a smaller surface. This way, the feeling of a foreign body in the mouth is reduced. Its advantage is connection to the natural remaining teeth by precisely done molded clips, which provides significantly better stability in the mouth. Instead of clips, for even better connection to the adjacent teeth, the attachments can be embedded on metal-based dentures. Attachments hold the denture firmly and stably in the mouth, and they are hidden in the part of denture that is not visible. In those situations, special crowns are made for abutment teeth which are connected to the denture like the key and the lock.
All dentures are made in a very short time period, from 3 to 7 days, depending on the denture type.