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A conventional full denture is used to replace all of your teeth. It relies on the bone and overlying gums to support them. Over time the gums and bone shrinks back, often meaning that the full dentures can become loose.
Full dentures are held in place by the fit and suction of the denture against the gums.
For many people without any teeth in either the top or bottom of the mouth, a complete denture provides a good solution.
A partial denture or removable bridge as they are also known rests on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth and serve as anchors for the denture. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges and are a stable and cost effective alternative to dental implants.
Implant retained dentures
This is a denture that is attached to the mouth, via implants, that are placed into your mouth. In some cases it can take as little as two implants to stabilise a denture An implant acts like an artificial tooth root and provides an anchoring point to which a denture is attached. This type of denture works really well with patients who are worried about loose or ill fitting dentures.
Denture implants will not move because they are physically attached to the jaw and not held in by suction. This gives the wearer more confidence and happiness as a result.