Depending on how many teeth you have missing, you may have a full or partial denture. You may also have a temporary partial denture while you’re waiting to have a bridge fitted. Your denture will be designed just for you. Your dentist will take an impression of the area with dental putty before the denture is made to make sure it fits well.
Partial dentures may have a base plate made of plastic or metal. Those made with metal are stronger and lighter but are more expensive.
Before having your denture fitted, you may have to have more teeth removed. This might be to allow for a full set of dentures to be fitted or because your other teeth are already too decayed or loose to save. You may be able to have full dentures fitted straight afterwards or your dentist may recommend that your gums are left to heal for up to a couple of months. This may mean that they fit better. Ask your dentist which option they recommend for you when you’re planning your treatment. If you have your dentures fitted straightaway, they may need adjusting later to improve the fit.