Different Types Of Dentures

As we age, our teeth will inevitably start to show signs of wear and tear. One of the most common solutions to this problem is dentures; it is also a popular alternative to implants. Dentures are a removable set of false teeth fitted over the gums to replace missing or damaged teeth. 

If you’re considering getting dentures, it can be hard to know what type is best for you. There are so many different types of dentures that fit the needs of just about anyone. It is essential to understand the different types of dentures and why they are needed. One way you can do this is by looking at an overview of what each type does for the patient and who needs it.

This article will outline various kinds of dentures and their benefits for those who wear them.

What Are Dentures, and Why Do You Need One

Dental appliances known as dentures can take the place of missing natural teeth. Some only need to fill in a few gaps, while others may require replacing teeth and gums.

Fake teeth can be made of many different materials, and it is crucial to invest in one that will last for a long period of time.

If you are looking into getting dentures, there are two categories: partial and full.

When you have tooth loss or natural teeth removed, the need for a denture is instantaneous. As time goes on, without them your remaining healthy teeth will shift more quickly and become weaker. Even if you’re missing just one tooth in particular right now, if left untreated too long, the chances are high that by then, there may be multiple dental issues down the line that will be unmanageable to fix with a single prosthetic solution.

Sometimes dentures are required for adults who lose their natural teeth due to severe tooth decay, injury or a cosmetic purpose to create an even smile line and improve confidence. Dentures can help you eat, chew, and speak better because they support your jaw muscles, which are often weakened by the ridge that forms when a tooth is lost.

Learn more: Dentures: Everything You Need To Know From Cost, Types, and FAQ’s

Types of Dentures

There are different types of dentures for various purposes. For example, some people require full dentures due to illness or circumstances. In contrast, other people may only need partial dentures where only a few teeth have been lost.

The type of denture that is most suitable for you depends on your oral health status and lifestyle. The common types of denture options are the following:

Traditional Full Dentures

Full dentures, also known as complete dentures, are removable replacements for a patient’s entire set of teeth. It could either be full lower or upper dentures. These are custom-made and well-fitted to replace natural-looking teeth and restore the lost shape when removed from your mouth. Full or complete dentures can be worn in two ways: on top of existing dental implants (if you have any) or with anchorage devices that will attach them securely over the gum line. Conventional dentures can also help with your chewing, which means you can crush and grind food the way you used to before losing your teeth.

Removal Partial Dentures

Removable partial dentures are generally recommended for people with one or a few missing teeth. The false teeth are affixed to a gum-coloured plastic denture base, and it’s built on a cast metal framework. These dentures restore the natural look and feel of your teeth while also improving their function. Moreover, you can take them out and replace them at any time with ease.

Implant-Supported Dentures

A dental implant is a metal post or screw that has been inserted into the jawbone and provides a solid foundation for dentures. Mouth implants are long-lasting, more comfortable than other prosthetics, and provide much better comfort when eating and speaking.

The downside about this type of denture is that it requires more surgery during the process than most others do because something has to be put inside the mouth to anchor it. Moreover, you need to invest your time and money in this kind of treatment since your gum tissues require a long healing period after the implant surgery. As we know, getting an implant is quite expensive; however, it is a cost-effective solution for tooth loss.

Temporary Dentures

Traditional dentures are not inserted directly after all the natural teeth have been removed. The extraction site and jawbone need to heal before false teeth can be placed, usually taking at least 6 to 8 weeks.

Temporary dentures are also called immediate dentures. As the name implies, it is used immediately after your real teeth have been extracted. These are often used for a few months while waiting for your permanent dentures. Since these are not custom-fitted, you may feel the need to have minor adjustments from time to time because there is a shrinkage in bone mass or bone loss as the gums continue to heal after tooth removal.


An implant-retained denture is an excellent alternative to traditional removable dentures. They work as a permanent solution for your missing teeth. They snap into place and latch onto the abutments, which are metal posts that have been surgically placed in your jaw bone. Unlike regular dentures that can be lost or broken easily, these implants provide much more stability while also improving the mouth’s overall function, such as eating food without having them fall out or get loose. Moreover, you must remove and clean them every night as part of your oral hygiene.

Snap-in Dentures

These dentures are very durable and stable because they are securely anchored to a dental implant. This difference from the implant-supported denture is that they have locator attachments that snap onto the receptors that provide a secure grip. It is an excellent feature for people who need to put them on or take them off often, making the process quick and easy. These dentures work best for patients who have adequate bone structure left in their mouth to support an implant.

Economy Dentures

Economy dentures are the cheapest form of a replacement tooth. It is an option for those who want to take care of their dental problem at an affordable price. These are generic dentures that don’t offer much in terms of comfort and aesthetic appearance. They are ill-fitting dentures and do not sit firmly enough to stop them from falling out when laughing or eating. For these reasons, they can be uncomfortable to wear. In addition, there is a need to use denture adhesive so it will stay firmly in place. People who use them are conscious on how it feels and looks.

Custom Dentures

Custom made dentures are more comfortable to wear. They look natural because the material used is typically ceramic or porcelain. These are more expensive and high-quality materials than plastic or acrylic material, but they provide a much better fit. They also look more natural and blend in with your existing teeth, so you don’t have to worry about feeling self-conscious every time you smile.

Learn More: What Are Dentures: History, Cost, and Disadvantages

What Dentures Is Best for Me?

There are many different types of dentures, each with its pros and cons. The first thing you should do is assess your needs to decide what kind will work best. Consider whether oral hygiene is a priority or if the convenience of removable teeth might be better suited for your lifestyle. Once you know this, it’s time to consider how much maintenance comes with these choices and which materials would suit our preferences; may it be metal-based or plastic-based denture material may appeal to you.

However, when it comes to getting the perfect set of dentures, you need more than just an idea.

One thing that is great for people looking into dental work like this is consulting a dentist or doctor beforehand to get all their questions answered and find out what’s best suited for them specifically. It may seem not easy at first, but there are plenty of steps involved in finding your ideal solution. Your dental professional can help and guide you by examining your teeth and gum tissue to get the best possible fit for both lifestyle and budget.

Final Thoughts

When you are looking for dentures, there are many different styles to choose from. What is the best type of denture? It depends on your needs and preferences. You can go for a complete set of artificial teeth or opt for partial dentures, which only cover some gaps in your mouth. The choice comes down to what works best for you in terms of comfort and function, how much time you have available to take care of them properly each day, and the cost of dentures. If you can’t decide which one will be right for your situation, call Peel Dental Studio today at 08 9535 4900. We offer free consultations to better understand your particular dental needs before recommending any specific solutions or treatments.

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Dr. Bailey formerly served on the Australian Dental Association as President, Vice President Treasurer and Country Councillor. He was on the Australian Dental Association Federal Council and has always been keen to give back to the profession that has been his life. He has tutored student dentists at the Oral Health Centre in Perth.