Complete dentures are one of the most common ways to replace missing teeth. They rely on “suction” to adhere to a patient’s upper and lower arches and allow the patient to have a smile and some function back after having lost their teeth. Dentures are made from acrylic and are custom made for a patient based on impressions taken in the office. Every form of denture has it’s drawbacks, and complete dentures tend to have less retention when compared to other removable appliance options.
Partial dentures are an affordable, and reliable method of replacing some missing teeth. When a patient has several remaining healthy teeth, the partial denture actually has either metal or plastic clasps that will help with retention of the denture. People tend to adapt better to partial dentures compared to complete dentures, especially for lower teeth.
Implant supported dentures come in several different varieties. From mini implants, to regular size implant attachments, implant supported dentures hold on better than partial or complete dentures. This allows the patient to use them more like actual teeth and chew and talk normally.