What Are The 4 Different Types of Dentures?

At Future Smiles, we believe that it’s important to find a denture that is right for you. We offer a variety of dentures - partial and full, removable and fixed - to improve our patient's’ function and smiles.

There are a variety of different types of dentures. They tend to differ in terms of:

  • How they are held in your mouth
  • The type of materials used to make them

Which type of denture solution is best for you can best be decided with your denturist. The following guide has been designed to help you make the right choice.


What Are The Different Types of Dentures?

1. Traditional Complete Dentures

Complete dentures replace all of a patient’s natural teeth. They are usually made from plastic (acrylic) and rest directly on the gum that overlies the bone in the mouth.

An upper denture has a plate which covers the roof of your mouth while a lower denture is shaped like a horse-shoe and rests securely on the gum and bone tissues.


2. Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are used when a patient still has some of his/her natural teeth remaining. This denture solution can be used to replace just one tooth or several missing teeth.

Partial dentures tend to have a moulded base which fits around existing teeth using clasps. They are convenient and removable and often help prevent other teeth from moving.

Read more about the advantages of Partial Dentures


3. Denture Implants

Denture implants feel and function just like your natural teeth.  They are permanent fixtures of titanium posts, which are anchored to the jawbone and fixed with replacement teeth that cement into the posts.

Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant and an ideal candidate tends to have good general and oral health.

Read more about the pros and cons of Denture Implants vs Dentures


4. Implant Supported Partial Dentures

Patients who are currently wearing partial dentures can use denture implants to stabilize and secure the denture, making it much more comfortable.

This denture solution is typically used for the lower jaw since regular dentures tend to be less stable there.

However, you can receive implant supported dentures in either the upper or lower jaw, depending on your particular situation.

With such a wide range of denture solutions available, you no longer need to suffer difficulty chewing or feel self-conscious about the appearance of your mouth.


To learn more, contact our denture clinic at  403-475-0016.

Future Smiles is located in the trendy Macleod Area in Calgary, with free parking available for our patients. House calls and financing are also available.

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Vlad Dumbrava

Vlad Dumbrava has been active in the field of denture therapy since 2008. Upon receiving his denturist degree in 2011 from George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario, he continued his education in Medical Sciences at Western University.

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