Removable partial dentures are another option for replacing all of the missing teeth in one arch (either the tops or the bottoms) when many teeth need to be replaced and an adequate number of healthy, sound teeth remain to support the prosthesis. They use a metal framework to support the false teeth and they clasp to the remaining teeth to keep the prosthesis in place. Partials are designed to be taken out at night, but should remain in place during the day to prevent the remaining teeth from shifting.
Complete, or full, dentures are removable prostheses used to replace all of the teeth in one arch (either the tops or the bottoms) when none remain. They are made from acrylic designed to mimic the appearance of teeth and gum tissue. Like partials, full dentures are designed to be taken out at night.
Sometimes dental implants can be used to support a full denture, making it more retentive. Ask your dentist to see if you are a candidate.