Fixed, Complete or Partial Dentures

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What are dentures?

Dentures are porcelain, acrylic or metal made frames and plates which are used to hold artificial or false tooth/teeth in the right place and position so that the missing tooth or multiple missing teeth get replaced within the time specified. It is also beneficial for the tissues underneath the teeth which also get replaced with healthy tissues and improves the placement of the dentures. Removable dentures as suggested by name are removable and one can take it out whenever you want and put it back in the same manner. Though dentures were not that comfortable earlier but nowadays there are more comfortable & accurate dentures available. Patients usually take some time to get used to the dentures. The modern day dentures are more natural and that’s why they make the patients feel comfortable in them.

Dentists mainly recommend either of the two dentures which are – Partial Dentures & complete dentures.

Partial Dentures

What are partial dentures?

These dentures have replacement teeth along with gum-colored material at the base which is mostly attached to a framework made of metal to hold the denture at its position.

The advantages that a partial denture provides are

  • It fills the gap between the teeth which is created by the missing or damaged teeth
  • Partial Dentures hold the artificial teeth in the right position so that it doesn’t change its position.

Precision partial dentures can be used for more natural look, which is removable and comes with internal attachments rather than clasps which get attached to the crowns of the neighboring teeth.

Why should partial dentures be taken care on time?

Accumulation of plaque or bacteria biofilm happens when the Removable Partial Dentures (RPDs) are attached to the teeth remaining on the gums. This in turn leads to periodontal which is a gum disease and damage the tooth/teeth. Removable partial dentures (RPDs) also loosen the teeth with the passage of time and for all these reasons it is mandatory to fix partial dentures at the right time to maintain a healthy oral hygiene.

It is mandatory to keep the dentures clean as you clean your mouth and teeth regularly otherwise dentures cannot be removed easily causing issues to the gums and the teeth. Moreover, if not thoroughly cleaned or nor fixed correctly, then they become non-functional. It is recommended that the patient must visit the dentist at frequent intervals to keep an eye on the dentures and the development.

What are conventional dentures?

Conventional or normal dentures are those which are used to replace single or multiple teeth at a point of time rather than replacing all the teeth of either jaw. Clasps and the rests are used to connect the normal dentures to the remaining teeth on the either side and they are supported by the grim ridge. These are removable and easy to handle for the patients. Mostly these dentures are recommended to them who want their teeth to be functional and for aesthetic purposes. Moreover, patients who cannot use or be comfortable in the fixed dentures, they are recommended to have normal or conventional dentures. Patients who opt for low-budget treatment can use normal dentures over implant-supported dentures.

What are permanent partial dentures with implants also known as Over-dentures?

These are the dentures which are attached or fixed to the implants and that is why termed as implant-supported dentures. These dentures have special attachments to hold the implants.

Complete Dentures

What are conventional full/complete dentures?

These are the artificial teeth for one jaw and it is the set of all the teeth of one jaw, a complete set which is used when all the teeth of one jaw are missing. These are referred as false teeth in local or by general people. These can be removed and placed easily as it fixes to the gum through air suction. Patients take the time to adjust to these dentures as it causes soreness.

There are two types of complete dentures – Immediate Dentures & Conventional Dentures.

When are complete dentures recommended & why it should be fixed on time?

When there are all the teeth on a jaw, missing or has to be replaced, complete dentures are recommended. These are prosthetic devices for the oral health and it covers the whole of either jaw forming an arch-like structure. It is necessary and also strictly recommended to fix the complete dentures right after the removal of the remaining teeth or the damaged teeth as missing teeth on complete jaw line affects overall appearance & moreover one will not able to have a required diet without teeth which will further affect the overall health.

Permanent Implant-supported Dentures

These dentures are ideal for the patients having no teeth on their jaw but have sufficient bone in the jaw to support the implants as the dentures rest on the implants which in turn rests on the jawbone. The process of implantation along with permanent dentures is known as full mouth rehabilitation. These dentures also have unique attachments which are used to fix the dentures to the implant.

Types of denture implants

The type of denture implants depends on the number of implants the denture is attached to and the number of implants depends on the size of the arch of the jaw, aesthetic need of the patients and the functional need, availability of jawbone, occlusion and estimated chewing forces.

Dentures supported by 4 implants: Upper bridges are mostly supported by these dentures.

Dentures supported by 6 implants: For restoring 10 teeth, dentists recommend this denture but the patient needs to have enough jaw bone.

Dentures supported by 8 implants: If the patient can afford and have an adequate amount of jaw bone then dentists recommend this denture for better support from the implants.

Dentures supported by 10 implants: For complete stability and full support, 10 implants are recommended and this denture once fixed, need not be altered in the lifetime. These are expensive but the most comfortable ones.

Is doing more implants supporting a complete denture, a good idea?

It is definitely a better idea as complete dentures with implants are more comfortable as well as convenient for the patients. You need not visit the dentist frequently for maintenance of the dentures. If there is some issue, then only you need to visit the dentist or dental clinic.

Benefits of Dentures supported by Implants

Improved functionality: The dentures definitely increase and improve the way our teeth functions by providing ultimate comfort and convenience to the jaw and gums. It perfectly snaps into the gum line and jaws.

Improved oral health: Overall oral health is improved because the damage is altered and the structure of the jaw bone improves. The pressure on the gum remains normal etc.

Natural look: Dentures with implants looks completely normal and natural.

Painless procedure: There is no damage to the neighboring teeth during the placement of these dentures and that is why the patient feels no pain and the process is quite smooth and effortless.


Q1. How long do dentures last?
A. Dentures stop gums and jawbone to change in shape and size and that is why it can be replaced or changed in 5-10 years or more. They are easily replaceable and adjustable so according to the requirement you can do the needful.

Q2. How to clean dentures?
A. Dentures must be cleaned regularly with a denture brush and cleaner after every meal.

Q3. Why and how often should denture candidates, visit their dentists?
A. Candidates need to visit the clinic at least once a year for thorough check up of the dentures and the oral hygiene.

Q4. What to do if dentures cause soreness on the gums?
A. You must visit the clinic immediately if soreness happens and dentists can adjust the dentures for betterment.

Q5. Do dentures affect eating and speaking? A. It takes some time to get accustomed to eating with dentures in your mouth.

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