Types of Dentures
Dentures come in many types, depending on the number of teeth you need to replace, and the level of function you’re looking for. We offer three main types:
Partial dentures are designed to replace one or more missing teeth–but less than a full arch. They are made up of the right number of replacement teeth set in a metal or plastic base. The teeth squeeze in among your remaining teeth and the base fits along the floor or roof of your mouth which are held in by a combination of suction and the support of your natural teeth. In the past, metal hooks or clasps were required to support a partial denture, but now some people can get partials made without metal. We’ll evaluate your bite and see if you are a candidate for this type of partial.
Full dentures are designed to replace an entire arch of teeth. They’re held in place by suction against the roof or floor of your mouth. They are not very secure, especially for your lower jaw.
Implant dentures are secured by dental implants, a very effective combination.