What type of dentures do I need?

The best starting point to see if dentures are an option is to see your dentist. They can help determine if another treatment option might be more suited to your particular situation.

What types of dentures are there?

Denture replacement may be complete (all teeth replaced) or partial (some teeth replaced). Full dentures cover and rest on the gums and jawbones where the original teeth are missing. Partial dentures, which replace only part of the teeth, are supported by dental implants. Partial dentures that replace some but not all of the natural teeth are known as interim dentures. They attach to remaining teeth and cover and rest on the gums and bones where the lost teeth should have been. Dental implants can also assist with partial denture restoration and stabilization.

Traditional complete full dentures

Complete dentures replace all of a patient’s teeth. They sit on top of the gums instead of dental bridges anchored to existing teeth. Full dentures are typically placed within 8-12 weeks after the teeth have been removed/extracted.

Partial dentures

Partial dentures are used when a person still has natural teeth, such as when one or more teeth are left in the upper and lower jaw. A pink-colored foundation is attached to a metal piece that acts as the base. The denture is kept in place by these two pieces.

Partials are convenient and removable dentures, so you can take them out whenever necessary. They also help to prevent the other teeth from moving. Partials are made from all-acrylic or acrylic material.

Custom dentures

Custom dentures are more expensive and therefore provide a more natural-looking smile. You may view the finished denture before it is implanted. Because the denture is created to suit your smile, it appears natural and meets your demands.

Immediate dentures

Immediate dentures are placed immediately after the teeth have been extracted. Not everyone is a good candidate for this type of denture, however.

Implant-supported dentures

Dental implants are commonly used to support dentures and provide a much stronger foundation than traditional ones. This allows the denture to stay in place more securely. Additionally, dental implants look more natural and will last longer.

Snap-in dentures

When it comes to stability, snap-in dentures are a good option. They’re kept in place using dental implants or anchors fastened to the existing teeth.

The tissue-side locator attachments are what set them apart. The locator attachments attach to the implants or the locator receptors, making them versatile and readily available (like partial dentures).

Snap-in dentures are typically chosen when a patient has no teeth but enough bone to support an implant.


An overdenture is a prosthetic that sits on top of the gums and is secured with dental implants. Depending on the patient’s demands, it can be placed on the upper or lower jaw. The overdenture may also be removed.

Upper dentures

Upper dentures are dentures for the upper teeth. Upper dentures may be your best solution if you miss teeth in the upper jaw.

If you are considering dentures as an option to improve your smile, we encourage you to contact your dentist. They can answer any questions and provide more information about the process and what to expect. Dental professionals have the necessary training and experience to help you decide which dentures are right for you.

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