Removable prosthesis or dentures are a way to replace missing teeth.
These prostheses are the most economical ways to recover the aesthetics and masticatory functions, being partial or total, acrylic or skeletal. The kind of material used in these protheses will determine its aesthetics and durability.
They are used by people who have few or no teeth, better known as dentures and are the most affordable options. If, in future, the patient loses one or more teeth, it is often possible to add teeth to acrylic dentures.
They are bulkier than the skeletal dentures, especially in the upper jaw. There is a range of products available to help hold these in place and keep them clean, yet it is advisable to also wash them after meals.
There are two types of acrylic prostheses, the full and partial dentures, the former replaces a full set of teeth, while latter replace part of it. There are several types of acrylic composites that can be used in making this type of dental prosthesis. And it is this same composition that gave them their dental acrylic designation.
Skeletal dentures have its structure made of metal and the acrylic teeth are fused into the metal structure. They are more expensive than the acrylic dentures due to the amount of metal used in their manufacture.
It is easier to adapt to skeletal prostheses as they take less space in the mouth. Skeletal dentures are more retentive than the acrylic ones, recommended to patients with healthy teeth and gums, without cysts or mobility. If, in future, the patient loses one or more teeth, it may not be possible to make additions of teeth to its metal structure.