What Is The Difference Between Partial And Complete Dentures?

What Is The Difference Between Partial And Complete Dentures?

Did you know there are several types of dentures? The type of dentures you require will depend on factors such as how many of your natural teeth you have, the strength of your natural teeth, and your jaw bone structure. Two common types of dentures are complete dentures and partial dentures, both of which offer a natural looking smile that will allow you to speak and eat with ease.

If you are unsure which type of denture is right for you, consider the differences between the two and ask your Calgary denturist what type would be appropriate. Here are the differences between complete dentures and partial dentures.

Which Denture Is Right For You?

Complete Dentures. These dentures are ideal for those missing most teeth along either the upper jaw, the lower jaw, or both. Complete dentures, also called full dentures, are what most people picture when they think of dentures; a full row of artificial teeth on a base that matches the colour of the gums. These dentures are fitted to the mouth so they can sit comfortably against the gums and roof of the mouth. The top denture creates a seal with the roof or palate of the mouth, while the bottom denture runs along the gums and is held in place with the cheek and tongue muscles.

Partial Dentures. These dentures are used if a person has natural teeth that remain in good condition. The partial dentures replace the teeth that are missing but leave spaces that the natural teeth fit into, using the natural teeth as anchors. Partial dentures can come in their traditional form or as flexible partial dentures, which are a metal free alternative.

What is The Difference?

The main difference between these two types of dentures is that complete dentures are for a person without any of their natural teeth remaining on the top or bottom jaw, whereas partial dentures are for those who have some strong natural teeth remaining. Those missing all of their teeth can get partial dentures only if they receive denture implants.

Denture Implants. Denture implants are another denture option. These natural-looking and long-lasting dentures are a successful alternative to traditional dentures. Unlike partial dentures or full dentures that rest on the gums, denture implants connect to an implant in the jaw, creating a permanent denture solution for patients with missing teeth due to age, injury and/or gum disease. This type of denture is a good option for those whose natural teeth aren’t strong enough to hold partial dentures in place but who want to reduce denture slippage and preserve jaw bone strength.

Find The Right Dentures At Future Smiles In Calgary

If you’re unsure which denture option is right for you, come for a free consultation at Future Smiles Denture Clinic and our highly trained Calgary denturists will help you determine what steps to take next. Here at Future Smiles, we strive to educate all of our patients and to send you home with comfortable, natural looking dentures that you can feel confident in. To book a consultation or ask any questions, call us at 403-475-0016 or fill out the contact form.


Q: Do partial dentures look more natural than full dentures?
A: Both dentures look natural. Your Calgary denturist will create custom-made replacement teeth that match the colour of your existing teeth so that the partial dentures are indistinguishable from your natural teeth and leave you with a great looking smile.

Q: How much do partial dentures cost?
A: We understand that many people are looking for affordable dentures and partial dentures are a great option to fit your budget. The cost will vary, depending on how many teeth are being replaced, but you can expect it to be between $600-$2500. If you are looking for affordable dentures in Calgary, the team at Future Smiles has two locations to choose from in Coral Springs in the NE and close to Chinook Centre on Macleod in the SW, with both locations offering direct billing and financing options. Learn more about affordable denture options here.

Q: Will I need to get teeth pulled for dentures?
A: This varies depending on whether you are getting a full, or partial set, the shape of your mouth, the health of your gums, and the state of existing teeth remaining. Your Calgary denturist will be able to confirm whether or not you need teeth pulled after a thorough examination of your mouth.

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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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