There are several types of partial dentures suitable as a short or medium term tooth replacement. The plastic partial denture fits on the gum and sometimes has wire clasps to hold it in place.
The metal precision partial denture fits exactly with clasps and rests on existing teeth. Both types of denture are removable and you take them out to clean.Full dentures are the traditional replacement when all teeth in the jaw have been lost. These are held in by muscle function and sunction onto the gum but are often unstable and loose. As mentioned above, dental implant and supported dentures are available now.