A partial denture is a removable appliance that is custom designed to accommodate for better eating by replacing some missing teeth. Partial dentures are made of ‘false teeth’ that are on a gum colored pink base. The pink base has a metal framework that allows for the partial denture to stay in place by attaching to remaining teeth. Partial dentures are worn during the day and taken out before bed. Partial dentures do require cleaning after eating.
A complete denture is a removable appliance that is fabricated when there are no teeth remaining. The denture completely replaces all missing teeth with ‘false teeth’ that are attached to a gum colored pink base. Dentures do not usually have any metal. Dentures are worn during the day and taken out before bed. Dentures do require cleaning after eating.
Dentures are a treatment option for patients who have no teeth or for patients who need all of their remaining teeth removed. In order to determine if a complete denture is an option we need to evaluate the gum height or ridge height. A greater amount of ridge height facilitates denture stability.