Dentures are the usually the  quickest and most cost effective way to replace missing teeth.

Dentures can be generally divided into two categories; partial dentures and complete dentures.

In both types, the dentures are removable, meaning that they are not fixed or cemented in place. They are removed daily for cleaning and can be serviced when needed outside of the mouth.



Partial dentures are used to replace missing teeth when there are still some natural teeth present. They can be made of acrylic or, in some instances, a combination of acrylic and metal. They get their retention from clasping onto the existing teeth.



Complete dentures would be used when there are no natural teeth present. Their retention comes from denture fitting tightly against the patient's palate or the mandibular ridge.  Often to aid in retention, the patient has to use an adhesive, such as a paste, powder or pad.



Despite some limitations, dentures can be an effective, esthetic, prosthetic solution for a number of clinical situations.  They can reconstruct a patient's bite, act as a transitional prosthesis while waiting for implants to integrate or even solve an immediate esthetic issue.





Conventional or Immediate Full Denture

Conventional or Immediate Full Denture.

Partial Denture
Partial Denture.

  • Conventional Full Denture
    A conventional full denture is placed in your mouth after any remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed. Healing may take several months, during which time you are without teeth.
  • Immediate Full Denture
    An immediate full denture is inserted immediately after the remaining teeth are removed. (Your dentist takes measurements and makes models of your jaw during a prior visit.) While immediate dentures offer the benefit of never having to be without your teeth, they must be relined several months after being inserted. The reason is that the bone supporting the teeth reshapes as it heals, causing the denture to become loose.
  • Partial Denture
    A partial denture rests on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns  are placed on some of your natural teeth and serve as anchors for the denture. Partial dentures  offer a removable alternative to bridges .