The Facts About Dentures

March 18, 2022 1
Missing teeth can be replaced with a set of removable dentures. The removable teeth are usually made of resin and set into a plastic base shaped and coloured to match your gums. Dentures can be made in metal or acrylic and have a natural appearance that will blend in with your natural teeth. Here are the facts you need to know about dentures.

Types of Dentures

Partial denture – A partial denture needs support from the adjacent natural teeth and gums for it to stay in position. Clasps are used to secure the denture to nearby natural teeth.

Immediate denture – An immediate denture consists of prosthetic teeth inserted at the same day the teeth are extracted so that you don’t have to wait.

Full denture: When you are missing all your teeth, a full denture can be placed in the mouth. It consists of top and/or bottom teeth. They are kept in position by the supporting gums and generally with adhesive.

Over-denture: This type of denture sits over natural teeth and/or dental implants.

Advantages and Disadvantages

When your teeth are missing, an immediate denture is placed in your mouth. Let’s review the advantages and disadvantages of the various dentures.


  • No embarrassment of missing teeth
  • Better aesthetics because they look like natural teeth


  • Without a dental implant, when you have missing teeth, you will experience jawbone loss. As a result, your dentures will require multiple visits to the dentists for adjustments.
  • Dentures will require relining or possibly remaking because the gums can shrink over time.

Disadvantages of Conventional Dentures

  • Poor speech
  • Poor function
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Dentures require adhesive
  • Exaggerated appearance
  • Dentures shift
  • Soft tissue abrasions and accelerations

Advantages of Over-Dentures

  • Better support and stability
  • Preserves your jaw bone
  • Increased biting force
  • Easier speech
  • Better quality of life
  • Improved aesthetics

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