denturesupperlowerWhen you hear about dentures, you may find yourself feeling a bit mixed up regarding what type of tooth replacement option they provide you. You hear the terms “partial” and “denture” and have trouble distinguishing between them. Fortunately, the world of full and partial dentures is much easier to navigate than you have likely imagined. Allow us to provide you with the general details you need to become familiar with these prosthetic devices.

Common To Both

There are some characteristics that are common to both full and partial dentures. In order to receive them, you will come into our practice for impressions. These will serve as the basis on which a highly skilled technician will create your dentures. The devices are considered “removable.” This means that you will wear them when you desire and take them out when you desire. This is unlike a fixed device like a bridge. Each piece is custom crafted with the dimensions of your smile and your overall features in mind.


A full denture and a partial denture are extremely similar. However, you may have noticed that they are not identical tooth replacement treatments. Let’s explore the differences, so you know what’s what:

  • Full: A full denture is one that will replace an entire arch of missing teeth. It’s going to remain in place as the result of your mouth’s natural suction (it sits on your dental ridge).
  • Partial: Commonly simply called a “partial,” this device will replace multiple missing teeth but will not replace a full arch. In addition to remaining in place in part due to suction, the device will also include small metal clasps, which offer improved support when placed over teeth.