Full dentures are given to patients whose natural teeth cannot be saved or if the gums or supporting structures can no longer keep the teeth stable. Full dentures are removable and are supported and held in place by the patient’s gums and suction. The advance of dental implants has greatly improved the stability of full dentures.
Partial dentures are recommended for patients who still have some remaining teeth and would like to replace the teeth that they have lost. Plastic or porcelain teeth are added to a metal framework that is then anchored to the patient’s existing teeth. Like full dentures, partial dentures are removable and should be removed daily to allow for improved oral hygiene.