Complete or Partial Dentures: Which is the Right Fit for You?

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Did you know that depending on the number and health of a patient’s remaining teeth, dentures can be either complete or partial? Complete or partial, dentures are always made to restore bright, full smiles. Read over these facts about complete and partial dentures to see which is the right choice for you.


Complete dentures are what people usually think of when they hear “dentures,” and this form (which replaces all teeth) comes in two varieties: conventional and immediate. Conventional complete dentures are placed around two to three months after teeth-pulling so that gums heal and settle, so patients will have no false teeth during that time. Immediate complete dentures can be placed immediately after tooth removal, but they need frequent adjustments from a dentist since bones and gums move around during healing.


Partial dentures substitute for less than a full set of teeth. Bridges of partial dentures contain artificial teeth in places corresponding to the wearer’s lost teeth and will be secured in the mouth with fasteners that hold to the wearer’s remaining teeth. Dr. Alexander Larsen may suggest tooth removal and opt for complete dentures if any of your remaining original teeth are badly decayed.

If you think you might need dentures, phone our practice, Gentle Dental Arts, in Orem, Utah, at 801-788-4922 to plan an appointment. We’re excited to see your full smile again soon!