There are various procedures and forms of cosmetic dentistry that exists today and they have never been more natural looking and effective. While some people only need an occasional filling, crown, or even just a little bit of whitening done to their teeth others may need more. When it comes to replacing one or more teeth in the mouth there are a few options. One of the most traditional forms of this is dentures. Today’s technology has evolved to make dentures more comfortable and more natural looking than ever before. There are two basic types of dentures; partial dentures and full dentures.

What are partial dentures?

Partial dentures are used when one or more of your teeth are missing. A partial denture is designed and fitted in such a way that it mimics a retainer and is placed into your mouth. The partial denture has artificial teeth on it that line up with your mouth and fill in the space of your missing tooth. A well fitted and designed partial denture will feel natural, look natural, and function well.

What are full dentures?

Full dentures function off the same basic principles as partial dentures, however they are used to replace all of your teeth. Full dentures are used to replace all of the teeth in your mouth and are fitted in such a way that they position correctly with your jaw and gums. Dental adhesives can also be used to help keep full dentures in place while you wear them.

Is there a difference?

The simple answer is yes as well as no. Partial dentures are not designed to replace all of your teeth and are typically fitted so they “latch on” to the teeth around the space that is being filled. Full dentures are used to replace all of your teeth and typically not just one or a few. The cost of either can vary, however the quality in terms of function and appearance has dramatically increased over the years.