A denture is a removable appliance to replace one more missing teeth. There are two broad categories of dentures: Partial denture and complete denture. As the name suggests, Complete dentures replace all the missing teeth whereas partial dentures replace one or more missing teeth with some teeth still remaining in the oral cavity.

Partial Dentures

For many years, partial dentures have been used to replace groups of teeth or a few teeth scattered across upper or lower jaw. There are a variety of partial dentures available depending upon requirements of individual patient. All partial dentures attach to remaining teeth and have a gum-colored portion meant to blend into the existing gum, with prosthetic teeth to replace missing teeth.

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures are similar to partial dentures in fabrication and appearance. The only difference is that complete dentures replace full set of teeth whereas partial dentures replace only a few teeth.

Advantages and Disadvantages of dentures


  1. Dentures replace one or missing teeth
  2. Provide esthetic and functional improvement for people with missing teeth
  3. They are cheaper to make compared to other teeth replacement options especially if multiple teeth are involved
  4. Easier to make adjustments and additions to plastic dentures

  1. Dentures must be removed and cleaned frequently to maintain optimum oral health
  2. Dentures may move  a lot during eating and speaking and may make it almost impossible to chew harder foods.
  3. To accommodate the limitations, denture wearers may have to change their diet.
  4. Ill fitting dentures may create sores  and pains in the mouth due to constant movement during function
  5. To gain enough stability, patients might have to use strong dental adhesives
  6. Full denture on the upper jaw will cover significant part of patient’s hard palate and hence blocks thermal and some taste sensations.
  7. Dentes do not prevent resorptions of jaw bone and hence to accommodate the regular resorption process, dentures might need to be relined or rebased or even re make every few years.
  8. Tooth supported partial dentures take support from the teeth with the help of metallic clasps and might be an esthetic concern for a  lot of patients.
  9. Clasped teeth need more attention since there is a risk of development of dental cavity or gum disease in case proper oral hygiene is not maintained.

Are there any better alternatives to Dentures?

Dental implants represent state of the art in dental technology and are considered the preferred choice over dentures for patient who qualify to receive implants

Advantages of dental implants Vs. Dentures

  1. Improved appearance
  2. Improved comfort
  3. Improved speech
  4. Eat better
  5. convenience
  6. Stimulate bone growth and preserve oral health
  7. Dental implants are strong, reliable and successful

Types of implant supported teeth replacements
Implant supported overdentures - Removable

An implant-retained overdenture is attached to implants, while a regular denture rests on the gums, is not supported by implants, and tends to fit less firmly in the mouth. This denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants. Minimum of two dental implants are placed to stabilize the denture. More implants will increase the stability of denture on top. Patients can remove this type of denture easily for oral hygiene purposes

Implant supported dentures - Fixed- Hybrid dentures
For patients who don’t want dentures that come out, there is the fixed option. This approach allows the prosthesis to be fixed to the implants and can only be removed by the dentist. They are designed to allow easy cleaning and maintenance.

Implant supported complete fixed bridge

As an alternative to wearing a full denture (if there is adequate bone or bone augmentation procedures can be performed to grow sufficient bone) multiple implants can be placed across the jawbone to provide support for a fixed bridge.

The professionals at US dental are highly qualified and equipped with latest technology to diagnose and treat missing teeth with either either traditional dentures or implant supported dentures. After thorough clinical assessment aided by X ray examinations, various options are discussed with the patient and appropriate treatment is rendered. We utilize various techniques of sedation such as nitrous oxide inhalation gas anesthesia, oral anesthesia and Intravenous anesthesia to make the procedure practically pain free. Our staff includes trained specialists such as Prosthodontists (experts in dentures), certified Periodontists (experts in implantology and gum treatment) and anesthesiologists to provide highest quality of treatment.

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