Full Dentures

Full dentures are what most people think of when they say dentures. They are a removable restoration that replaces an entire arch of teeth. It has artificial teeth set in a base that mimics natural gum tissue. People get these when they have lost all teeth on the top of their mouth, the bottom, or both.

They can look attractive. These also let you chew better than without teeth. They may let you chew better than you do now if your current teeth are broken, infected, painful, or only a partial set.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are designed to replace one or more missing teeth, but less than a full set. They can be made of many different types of materials, but in all cases, the denture depends on your natural teeth for support.

These are mostly cosmetic and people enjoy having the confidence of a full smile. Many people find they can eat effectively. However, rarely improve your chewing ability.

Implant Dentures

Implant dentures are tooth replacements that are secured by dental implants. In most cases, when people talk about implant dentures, they mean removable restorations. If a restoration is attached to a dental implant so that you can’t remove it, we usually call those an implant bridge. However, the two terms can be used interchangeably.

Even if a denture is removable, attaching it to an implant makes it easier to bite and chew. It also makes the denture more stable for talking and laughing.

middle aged men with dentures, laughing with one another.


A long history of helping people who have lost some or all of their teeth. Although they are an old technology, we continue to use them because they help.

With dentures, you will enjoy:

  • Improved confidence in your smile
  • Clearer speech
  • Better chewing

The amount of benefit you get in each category depends on the type of denture you have. All dentures will give you more confidence in your smile because they are all attractive tooth replacements along with giving you clearer speech, though you might need to practice a little until you can get it.

Better chewing is the hardest benefit to achieve. Most don’t help much with chewing. Full dentures are definitely an improvement over having no teeth. They are also an improvement over a partial set of broken, decayed, or worn teeth.

Implant dentures give the best chewing ability. Even removables help you chew better when they’re attached to dental implants.

Care Tips

Dentures last longer and give better results if you take proper care of them. First, if they are removable, remember to soak them overnight. This helps keep them clean. With regular soaking they stay free of visible stains and odor-causing bacteria.

Second, you might need to clean these after every meal. They can accumulate more food than your teeth, depending on the material and design of the denture.

Adhesive can help your dentures stay in, but don’t use too much.

Finally, make sure you get them adjusted regularly. Even if you’re taking them out when you eat, the pressures in your mouth can affect their fit. Plus, your body might change, which requires changes to maintain a good fit.

Looking for Dentures in Rochester Hills?

If you have one or more missing teeth, dentures might be the best tooth-replacement option for you. Please call (248) 651-0897 today for an appointment with restorative dentist Dr Matthew Wolfe at Signature Dentistry of Rochester in Rochester Hills.