Replace Your Missing Teeth with Full or Partial Dentures

posted byMuse Dental GroupOctober 13, 2020

Dentures are the perfect solution to replacing missing teeth without the hassle of painful and expensive implants. Getting a set of custom dentures, whether full dentures or partial dentures, will restore your smile and transform your life.

Keep reading to learn more about dentures and the difference between full and partial dentures.

In this article, we will answer the following questions:

What are dentures?

Dentures are a custom made set of teeth and gums that replace missing teeth. Although dentures are not real teeth, they function as such. You can eat and speak with them in, as you would normally.

Unlike implants, dentures can be easily taken in and out of the mouth, and will likely need to be replaced or refitted to your mouth.

For example, dentures often loosen with time as the mouth changes, and should therefore be replaced to mitigate irritation.

However, with proper care, such as regularly brushing the dentures and soaking them in denture solution, your dentures will last substantially longer.

What are full dentures?

There are two types of full dentures, the conventional full denture, and the immediate full denture.

The conventional full denture is used once all teeth have been removed from the mouth. Once the gums have fully healed, a conventional full denture can be placed.

Similarly, the immediate full denture is used once all teeth have been removed. However, they are placed in the mouth right after the teeth are removed. Therefore, the patient does not have to wait for the gums to heal and does not have to go without teeth.

Immediate full dentures are slightly more complex since a dentist has to measure them before them being placed in the mouth and must be realigned later as the gums and bone heal.

What are Partial Dentures?

A partial denture is used to replace some missing teeth and is placed in the mouth with remaining teeth. The missing teeth are attached to a gum-colored base that the patient can easily pop in and out of their mouth. Sometimes, the partial denture is held in place by a metal framework.

Partial dentures can serve as a less permanent option to bridges, which are teeth directly adhered to other teeth in the mouth.

However, bridges tend to shift or fall out, while partial dentures are made to be easily taken in and out of the mouth.

What are the differences between partial and full dentures?

The first difference between partial and full dentures are the dental cases in which they are used.

If a patient has healthy remaining teeth that do not need to be pulled out, they are a great candidate for a partial denture.

However, if a patient does not have any teeth remaining, they will need a full denture.

The second difference between partial and full dentures is the way they are secured in the mouth.

Partial dentures are supported by existing teeth. Therefore, the placement of the partial denture is governed by where the existing teeth are located.

On the other hand, full dentures stick to your gums. However, there is also an option for the full denture to be supported by implants. Once the implants are placed, the full denture clicks on the implant for even greater support.

The third difference between partial and full dentures is how natural they look.

There is a tendency for full dentures to look less natural than partial dentures. This is because the full denture is made of fake teeth, while the partial denture fills the gaps in between a patient’s real teeth.

However, with upgrades, a full denture can be made to look more natural. The color of the plastic can be made to match the patient’s gums. The color of the teeth can also be customized to match the patient’s real teeth, or porcelain teeth can be used instead of plastic ones.

Some patients even opt to make their denture crooked in order to make it look more natural.

What are the similarities between partial and full dentures?

Although partial and full dentures differ in their suitability for different dental cases, they also share some similarities.

First, both partial and full dentures are customizable. Most patients want a natural-looking denture, and the best way to achieve this is to ensure the denture looks similar to the patient’s real teeth.

There are many ways to customize a denture, from the size and color of the teeth to the color of the gums.

Additionally, it is crucial that the denture, whether full or partial, fit in the patient’s mouth perfectly. If the denture is too loose it will not sit properly and cause discomfort.

Therefore, dentures are customized to fit in the patient’s mouth since the structure of every patient’s mouth is different.


Getting customized dentures will help you get your beautiful smile back, and help you regain your confidence. Whether you require a partial denture or a full denture, Muse Dental is here to make your smile dreams come true.

Here at Muse Dental, we strive to provide you with the best care possible. If you are looking to get dentures or replace the ones you currently have, schedule your appointment with us today!

We’d love to have you for a checkup at Muse Dental Group with Dr. G. Bardakjian. He will evaluate your oral health and will ensure your dentures are created with the utmost care.

Your smile is in great hands at Muse Dental Group!

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