Full & Partial Denture Care Stittsville

Dentures for Tooth Replacement

Patients who are missing some, most or all of their teeth can replace them with partial or complete dentures. Both types of dentures offer fixed and removable versions, each with their own advantages and limitations.

Fixed Partial Dentures

Fixed partial dentures are, in fact, traditional dental bridges. They consist of sets of prosthetic teeth that are permanently attached to either adjacent, natural teeth or to dental implants.

Removable Partial Dentures

Removable partial dentures are once again sets of prosthetic teeth that are, in this case, held in place by a series of metal clasps. These clasps attach the prosthesis to the adjacent natural teeth. As the name suggests, removable partial dentures can easily be removed and reinserted into place without professional assistance.

Fixed Complete Dentures

Fixed complete dentures are full sets of prosthetic teeth that are permanently attached to several dental implants (usually 6 or more per arch). These implants hold the denture securely in place. As a result, fixed dentures can only be removed in the dentist’s office.

Removable Complete Dentures

Removable complete dentures are full sets of prosthetic teeth that are easily manipulated (removed and reinserted) by the patient him or herself. This convenience is, however, often costly in terms of fit and stability. Knowing this, Dr. Hikal works very closely with the dental lab to ensure that the design and fit of a complete denture is as functional and comfortable as possible.

Fixed vs Removable

Removable prosthetic solutions generally have two important disadvantages over their fixed counterparts. First is the diminished functionality. Removable dentures and partial dentures simply do not have the same support and stability as fixed dentures (complete and partial). This inevitably influences a person’s biting and chewing ability. The second disadvantage is bone resorbtion (attrition). Without any roots or implants, the jawbone tends to recede and become more fragile over time. This eventually leads to more instability and to increased possibility of fractures.