Dentures 101 – The Different Types of Dentures

dentist holds set of dentures

Dentures are an excellent way for people of all ages to replace missing teeth. The process of getting dentures, however, is more complicated than simply showing up at the office and walking out on the same day of your teeth removal with a fresh pair of dentures. It’s important to learn about all the different types of dentures so you can be sure you’re picking the right fit for your mouth. Every type of denture has its own unique characteristics and set of pros and cons.

Understanding the different types of dentures is a really important factor in order to ensure you select the best option for your denture needs. Each type of denture has unique features, along with its own advantages and drawbacks which we have outlined below.

We’ll be covering the most common types of dentures to ensure that you’re picking the right fit for you when the time comes to decide on your future smile! We’re confident that this guide will give you everything you need to familiarize yourself with all the denture options. 

The Different Types of Dentures

Immediate Dentures

Remember when we mentioned that you can’t expect to walk out of the office on the same day as your teeth removal? That was a half-truth. The exception to the rule is “immediate dentures.” They are given to you on the same day as the teeth removal so you don’t have to walk around tooth-less until your standard dentures are complete

Immediate dentures are a stop-gap solution to keep you comfortable in the time between your teeth removal and the completion of your long-term “standard” dentures. Don’t worry – while immediate dentures won’t fit as snuggly as standard dentures, they offer a range of benefits that will keep you comfortable and confident.

Immediate dentures reduce post-operative effects such as bleeding and swelling. It also helps you become familiar with the sensation of dentures and you’ll be able to develop speech and eating abilities over time. Lastly, it keeps your mouth strong while you wait for your set of standard dentures.

Denturist holding immediate dentures with gloves on
Elderly man holding a set of standard dentures

Standard Dentures

Standard dentures, also known as conventional or complete dentures, are the permanent pair of dentures you receive and are meticulously sculpted to fit snuggly, look just like your old teeth, and give you complete confidence. 

Made from acrylic, these types of denture come in either partial or complete formats. Partial dentures are required for individuals who are only missing some teeth, while complete dentures are required for individuals who are missing all their teeth. While they are different dentures, they maintain the same level of strength, appearance, and longevity and only differ in the number of teeth they are replacing. 

You can expect to have your standard dentures maintained by your denturist every 5 years or so (depending on the patient, type of denture, and wear). Contact your denturist if you have questions about repairs, rebases, and relinings. 

Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures, in contrast to standard dentures, which seal to your gums and are non-invasive, are a type of denture that is connected to implants. The implant component of implant-supported dentures is attached to your jawbone to give you the sturdiest fitting dentures available. 

Implant-supported dentures provide an unrivaled degree of comfort, stability, and durability because the false teeth are attached to the implants which are connected to the jaw bone directly. Simply, they act like real teeth! 

Implant-supported dentures don’t demand the same level of maintenance as standard dentures as implant-supported dentures stop your mouth from experiencing jawbone-related changes that occur post-tooth loss. This is due to the stimulation implants give to your jawbone – it’s essentially a workout that keeps your mouth in top shape. 

Implant Supported Dentures - Porcelain Model
Patient Smiling During a Check-up

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Suction Dentures being soaked in a glass of water

Suction Dentures

Suction dentures use advanced technology to stay in place without adhesives. They have a unique design that creates a strong suction on your gums, ensuring a snug fit. This makes them more stable and comfortable than traditional dentures.

They’re an excellent choice for those who want a reliable and stable denture without the need for implants.

Full Dentures

Full dentures are for people who have lost all their teeth in one or both jaws. They restore the appearance of your smile and help with speaking and eating confidently. Full dentures sit on top of your gums and are removable for cleaning. They’re custom-designed to match your mouth for a natural look.
Denturist holding a set of full dentures
Denture patient holding their set of partial dentures

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures fill the gaps when you’re only missing a few teeth. They attach to your remaining teeth with clasps or other attachments. Partial dentures not only improve your smile and chewing ability but also prevent your other teeth from moving or shifting. They’re a practical solution for partial tooth loss.

Denture FAQs

Immediate dentures provide a quick tooth replacement solution, available the same day as teeth removal, helping to reduce swelling and adapt to denture use.
Standard dentures, also known as conventional dentures, are tailored for long-term use, offering a perfect fit and natural appearance, with options for both partial and complete dentures.
Implant-supported dentures offer enhanced stability by attaching to jawbone implants, mimicking real teeth function and requiring less maintenance than other dentures.
Suction dentures utilize advanced technology to secure gums without adhesives, providing a comfortable, stable fit and are ideal for those preferring non-implant dentures.
Full dentures replace all teeth in one or both jaws, aiding in eating and speaking, while partial dentures fill gaps from a few missing teeth, preventing other teeth from shifting.

Kanata’s Trusted Source For Dentures

We hope this blog has satisfied any questions or concerns you may have about dentures. Dentures are the perfect solution for people experiencing tooth loss as they give you the ability to smile with complete confidence, eat without restriction, and keep your jawbone strong. 

Contact Village Green Dental if you’re ready to rediscover your beautiful smile. We’ve been serving Kanata and Ottawa with high-quality dentures thanks to our great location, modern equipment, and unbeatable customer service. Get in touch with us today!