Saint Louis Dentures Dentist Explains the Difference Between Complete and Partial Dentures

Written by Dr. Grayem on Sep 27, 2011

When a patient loses a tooth it can be a traumatic experience both physically and emotionally. Many patients feel less inclined to smile with missing teeth—they don’t feel confident about the way they look or speak. Additionally, missing teeth can lead to serious health complications. Patients with missing teeth may put neighboring, healthy teeth at risk, because they have to change the way they chew and bite, which causes wear, tear, and stress on healthy teeth and gums.


The good news is that if you’re missing one tooth or multiple teeth you have options to restore your smile and help you speak and smile confidently. One popular tooth replacement option is the denture. With complete our partial dentures you can have a natural-looking, functional smile again.


Complete Dentures: complete dentures are used when all of a patient’s teeth are missing. These dentures fit over the gum line and restore the appearance and functionality of a full set of teeth. Our Saint Louis Dentures dentists custom-fit complete dentures to adhere snugly and comfortably to your gums.


Partial Dentures: partial dentures are used when we are replacing teeth around an intact natural tooth. Partial dentures can be used in either the upper or lower jaw, and they are removable. Partial dentures are attached to adjacent natural teeth to prevent them from moving out of place (and also to prevent the natural teeth from moving).


Many patients prefer dentures because they are fairly easy to care for, and do not require surgery. Additionally, with modern technology both partial and complete dentures can look natural and blend with your existing teeth. If you or someone you know has suffered the loss of a tooth, give our Saint Louis denture dentists a call to learn more about complete and partial dentures, we’re here to help— (314) 332-1307.