The main categories of dentures consist of partial dentures and complete dentures.
Partial dentures consist of one or more false teeth which are held in place by clasps that hold onto nearby existing teeth. These dentures are useful when the space between teeth is too long for a bridge or if the nearby teeth are not strong enough to support a bridge. Partial dentures can be removed by the patient for cleaning and at night.
Complete or Full Dentures are used when all natural teeth are missing. These dentures are also able to be removed for cleaning and at night.
Dentures can now be retained and supported by implants. The implants and denture are both equipped with attachments which snap together allowing the denture to “click” into place. This is especially useful for lower complete dentures which often are difficult to keep in place.