Dentures are removable appliances to replace missing teeth. If all teeth are absent, it is called a “complete denture”, and is made of resin or plastic. Complete dentures are retained by the bone and saliva in your mouth. “Partial dentures” replace one or more teeth, and can be made entirely of resin, or of a combination of metal and resin. This type of denture is supported in part by bone and also with hooks and rests on remaining teeth.
Dentures are an economical solution for missing teeth, but do have some drawbacks. As they are not cemented in place, they are prone to movement when eating and speaking and may loosen over time as bone recedes. Also, the hooks that hold partial dentures in place strain the teeth on which they clasp, and can compromise their longevity.