Full and Partial Dentures

There are two traditional types of removable dentures and their use depends on the extent of tooth loss. Both full and partial dentures resemble your natural teeth, as they’re custom made for your needs. Dentures help maintain facial structure and can improve your smile.

Partial Dentures

This is a good option if you have some natural teeth remaining in your mouth. Partial dentures are removable devices that feature teeth attached to a plastic base that is gum-colored so it’s less noticeable. The base stays in place with cement and attachment to adjacent teeth, which prevents the remaining teeth from shifting. Partial dentures function in a way similar to full dentures and help patients regain/maintain normal speech, eating and mouth structure.

Full Dentures

When a patient is missing all their teeth, full dentures replace them and restore the ability to speak and eat normally. Just like partial dentures, full dentures are custom made for each patient and resemble natural teeth, but unlike partial dentures, full removal is part of their design. Full dentures help maintain facial structure and jaw strength, but may require periodic adjustments to create a comfortable fit on the gums and in the mouth.