Full Dentures - Full dentures are given to the patient who has lost all the teeth, for making the full dentures the impressions of the patient’s jaw is taken to make the mould which is the true replica of the patient’s mouth. On these mould the denture is constructed taking different measurements. Then the dentist takes the trial to see whether the dentures giving natural appearance or not after the patient’s  consent the denture is finalized and is given to the patient. The full dentures use the support from the jaw bones. In the full dentures the base of the denture is made of acrylic and the teeth are either of acrylic or porcelain, depending upon the patient’s choice and the status of the patient. The denture with the porcelain teeth becomes more expensive than the dentures with the acrylic teeth. Nowadays with so many new techniques and materials it is possible to reproduce the natural appearance of the patient and nobody can differentiate between the natural teeth and the artificial dentures.

Normally after the extractions the patient is advised to wait for one to two months. But if patient cannot wait even for a day then the immediate dentures are given. The immediate dentures  not only restores the facial profile immediately but also helps in the healing of the extraction socket. The immediate dentures act like a band aid and the socket does not come in contact with the food particles and does not get infected.  

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 Partial Dentures

As the name implies these dentures are partial means these dentures are given when the tooth loss is not complete. Few teeth are extracted and few are left in the mouth. The partial dentures are given to replace the few lost teeth.

Types of removable partial dentures 

These are Cast Metal Partial Dentures and Acrylic Dentures

1. Cast Metal Partial Dentures

They are the best partial dentures. They are stronger, less bulky and offer best fit but they are expensive. In this there is cast metal frame work on which the acrylic teeth are attached.

2. Acrylic Partial Dentures

These are the most economical partial dentures. In this the base is acrylic on which the acrylic teeth are attached. They get retention from the adjacent teeth with small metal clasps.


Removable Partial Dentures

What happens if the lost teeth are not replaced?

If the lost teeth are not replaced the patient faces lots of problems depending upon which teeth are lost. If the teeth which are lost are the front teeth then there is the problem of esthetics along with the speech. If the teeth which are lost are back teeth then patient has the problem of chewing the food and the sagging of cheeks takes place. Along with this the teeth which are present are also effected. So after the loss of the teeth it becomes mandatory to replace them.

How the teeth are replaced?

Now the question arises that how the missing teeth can be replaced. For this we have different options. First the patient has to decide whether he wants to go for fixed or the removable type. The fixed option for the replacement of teeth is very expensive as compared to the removable option. If the patient opts for fixed replacements then the option for him are either crown and bridge or implants. If the patient decides for removable partial dentures then the option are acrylic partial dentures or the cast metal prtial dentures.


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  • jeanie

    jeanie 21 - May - 2014, at 14:27 PM

  • Can you give me an average cost for dentures supported by posts?

  • dr ritz

    dr ritz 19 - January - 2012, at 03:28 AM

  • Tom, Plastic teeth stain less and bond to pink denture base. Porcelain teeth are held in acrylic with undercuts. Porcelain teeth look better and have high life but with advancement in denture teeth, some of plastic teeth also look esthetic and are hard and last long. Plastic teeth are less expensive as compared to porcelain teeth. It would be better to go for implant supported dentures which have more retention as compared to other dentures. You can further discuss with your dentist that which dentures will be good in your case.

  • Tom

    Tom 18 - January - 2012, at 12:16 PM

  • I have begun the denture process with two teeth left requiring extraction, after which, I will have no upper teeth. My first discussion with my dentist regarding the material of the denture, plastic or porcelian, and he recommended plastic because plastic is harder and less expensive. Which is best? Second, which is the best type of denture? Full denture with roof plate or a denture that is secured to posts and are permanent? Have so many questions I don't know where to start?

  • dr ritz

    dr ritz 14 - December - 2011, at 04:34 AM

  • Donald, To increase the retention and stability of dentures, magnets can be added to the dentures. In case of magnetic dentures, 2 small magnets are placed in the lower jaw which can get fixed to metal part of lower denture. If your dentures are worn out, then you can get them replaced with new dentures. Magnetic dentures are easier to insert and provide more retention and stability but salivary corrosion of metals can take place and more plaque accumulation can occur around magnetic component. You can consider the option of getting magnetic dentures after weighing the pros and the cons.

  • donald mullen

    donald mullen 13 - December - 2011, at 23:33 PM

  • hello,I'm a 57 year old man and i wear dentures.i'm thinking about getting magnetic dentures.what i hear is that they take my bottom old denture and put magnets on them.but because my dentures are about four or five years old and badly worn out.i can't see magnets put on old dentures.i would like your advice.could i have new dentures made up before i have magnets put on my new dentures.what should i do here,thank you i would appreciate your advice

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