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Types Of Dentures & Which One Is Best For You?

January 23, 2023

Dentures may be the right choice if a patient has been missing teeth for some time or is now looking into potential solutions. This article will discuss the different types of dentures available, how they're made and installed, and which one might be best for you.

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are removable dental prosthetics designed to replace missing teeth. They come in various shapes and sizes, from full and partial sets to implant-retained models, each with its benefits depending on the individual situation. While not everyone requires them, they can help restore function and aesthetics by improving speech and mastication (the act of chewing). In addition to being able to eat more effectively again, many people also report an improvement in their self-confidence due to the enhanced appearance that dentures provide.

Types Of Dentures

The most popular types of dentures are:

Conventional Complete Denture

A conventional complete denture is an affordable option for those who are missing all their teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. The denture is made from an acrylic resin material designed to look like real teeth and gum tissue. It is held in place by suction/adhesive films and natural suction from the mouth when placed properly.

Implant-Supported Denture

Implant-supported dentures use implants rather than natural suction/adhesive films; these devices help give more stability when eating or speaking compared to conventional complete dentures while also providing greater comfort due to their secure fitment within gums via the implantation process done by a dentist before insertion of the prosthesis itself.

Partial Denture

If a patient only needs some of their teeth replaced - such as when several adjacent ones have gone missing - then partial dentures can work well; they include a metal framework with false teeth attached at one end that snaps into place around the remaining real ones via clips or clasps.

Benefits Of Denture Placement

The main benefit of any type of denture placement is that:

  • It restores function as well as aesthetics.
  • Patients with full sets can expect easier mastication (chewing) and improved speech clarity. 
  • Those with partials may notice an increase in food preferences more quickly since fewer adjustments are needed overall post-placement versus regular entire sets typically required before becoming comfortable enough to use. 
  • Additionally, many say they feel more confident about themselves after having one inserted since their smile appears much more natural than before treatment. Advances in technology make them virtually indistinguishable from their real counterparts today!

How Do I Know Which Type Is Right For Me?

Ultimately it comes down to your unique needs/wants and the budget available, so considering all three options before starting the process is an important step toward finding the ideal solution. 

  • Factors such as existing natural tooth structure left in the mouth and jawbone density level help determine if a traditional set or implant-supported version will be a better-fit situation. 
  • Ask your dentist to help determine what’s best based on available information, including medical history if necessary too! 
  • Additionally, any medical conditions should also be considered since some require lighter-weight prostheses than others.


Q: How long do dentures usually last?

A: Generally speaking, most traditional complete/partial sets should last up to 5–10 years if cared for properly though certain models made of specific materials such as titanium alloy frames can sometimes last even longer throughout service life depending upon usage frequency, etc.

Q: When should I replace my denture?

A: It's recommended that you visit your dentist once every 6 months during the active treatment period, which includes regular checkups & cleanings plus possibly additional maintenance services like refinishing/polishing surfaces, etc. After completion has been finalized, typically yearly visits, ensure to monitor health status given wear/tear occurs over time, especially when sleeping without retainer use every night.

Q: Can I eat anything I want with my new set? 

A: Yes, however, because the pressure applied during mastication increases the chances internal components lose their hold. 

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