A full or partial denture is a removable appliance that restores multiple missing teeth. A full denture replaces a complete arch of missing teeth, while a partial denture restores numerous missing teeth, but allows for remaining healthy teeth to remain present.
A full denture relies on a snug fit and suction to the jawbone to stay in place, which can result in some movement and slippage from time to time for some patients. A partial, on the other hand, uses metal clasps that attach or anchor to healthy teeth to remain in place.
Partial dentures have artificial teeth strategically attached to the appliance that fill in the gaps in your smile, while a denture is essentially a set of acrylic teeth designed thoughtfully with your facial structure and skin tone in mind to deliver a natural appearance.
Dental implants can be used to anchor both a partial or full denture, which eliminates slippage when patients are talking or eating and provides extra longevity by protecting the health of the jawbone.