Dentures and partial dentures serve the purpose of tooth replacement, albeit being prosthetic in nature and not permanently fixed in the mouth. They are custom-fitted to rest on the gum tissue or the remaining healthy teeth and require periodic removal and cleaning at home. Both devices possess distinctive advantages and disadvantages, and consulting with a dental professional would enable the identification of the optimal choice based on individual circumstances.
A removable partial denture, also known as a "partial," is a dental prosthesis designed to replace missing teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. This type of denture relies on the remaining natural teeth as anchorage points and is secured to these teeth using either plastic or metal clasps. The purpose of these clasps is to enhance the stability of the denture during mastication and speech.
A complete denture is a removable dental prosthesis designed to replace all missing teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. These dentures consist of plastic or porcelain teeth set in a pink acrylic base, relying on the gums, remaining jaw bones, and oral muscles and tissues for support. To enhance retention and stability, complete dentures can be anchored onto implants.