The Differences Between Complete and Partial Dentures

If you’re wondering what the differences are between complete and partial dentures, then our Smiles Dental team is happy to tell you what they are! Even though these appliances are both dentures, they do have many differences, and those differences are:

Complete dentures
Complete dentures are meant to replace your missing teeth when you have zero natural teeth remaining. Sometimes, if you have a few remaining natural teeth, those teeth need to be pulled in order to provide the best denture fit possible. This appliance is removable and it represents your gums as well as your teeth. All you need to do is place it over your gums and suction it to the roof of your mouth.

Partial dentures
Partial dentures are meant to replace one or more missing teeth in a row. This appliance represents your gums and teeth and it successfully fills the gap in your smile. To place the appliance, you will need to put it in the gap and clasp it to the remaining natural teeth that lie on both sides. The denture is removable and it can give you the freedom and appearance you want in an appliance.

As you can see, complete and partial dentures are very different. The complete denture can replace all of your missing teeth while a partial denture can replace one or more missing teeth in a row. For more details and information about dentures in Woodburn, Oregon, please call our office at 503.980.4657 and talk to a member of our team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Don Chen, if you’re interested in replacing your missing teeth with dentures. We look forward to helping you!