What Is a Complete Denture?

Complete dentures or full dentures are dental appliances designed to replace an entire arch of missing teeth, offering a solution for individuals who have lost many or all of their natural teeth. Complete dentures replace the entire set of teeth from the lower or upper jaw, unlike partial dentures that only replace a few teeth. This guide will introduce you to complete dentures, their benefits, the process of getting them, and how they can help restore your smile, allowing you to eat, chew, and speak with confidence.

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How Do Complete Dentures Work?

Teeth play a critical role in our daily lives, from aiding in digestion to supporting our facial structure. Losing teeth can significantly affect one’s quality of life, making it difficult to eat, speak, and maintain self-confidence. Complete dentures replace missing teeth, restoring functionality and aesthetics. They can be either removable or fixed, held in place by suction, adhesives, or dental implants, depending on the individual’s preference and oral health condition.

Complete dentures replace all missing teeth in cases of significant tooth loss, unlike the partial ones, which only replace one or a few missing teeth within the jaw and typically attach to the remaining natural teeth with clasps or precision attachments, providing support and stability by anchoring onto adjacent teethComplete ones, on the other hand, are comprehensive solutions that replace an entire arch of teeth, addressing the needs of individuals who have lost all or most of their teeth.

This distinction is crucial for those assessing their options in the face of tooth loss, ensuring they choose a solution that best fits their situation. 

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Types Depending on Your Needs

  1. Removable: Patients can take out these traditional “false teeth” for cleaning. They rest on the gums and the person holds them in place through suction and, sometimes, with the help of adhesives.
  2. Implant-Supported (Complete Fixed Dentures): Dentists anchor these to dental implants surgically placed in the jawbone, providing a more secure fit. They mimic the natural bite force more closely and don’t require nightly removal for cleaning.

Benefits, Limitations, and Lifestyle Adjustments


Limitations and Adjustments:

    • You may need time to adjust to speaking and eating with them.
    • You should diligently clean removable dentures daily and remove them at night.
    • Implant-supported dentures offer a more stable solution but involve a surgical procedure and a higher cost.

Choosing Between Removable and Implant-Supported Dentures

Your dentist will consider several factors, including your jawbone’s health, lifestyle, budget, and personal preference, to recommend the best type of denture. While removable ones are more cost-effective and less invasive, implant-supported dentures provide superior stability and efficiency in mimicking natural teeth. Dentists used to make false teeth for both types from porcelain or acrylic resins so the denture teeth matched the look of natural teeth.

For those considering implant-supported dentures at Smile24h, we always recommend choosing one of our Smile24h Expert Clinics. Consulting with Certified ZAGA Doctors from our Expert Clinics is highly recommended, as ZAGA Centers specialize in advanced dental implantology, focusing on the Zygomatic implant technique, which is a great option for patients with significant bone loss who might not otherwise be candidates for traditional implants. Certified ZAGA Doctors are trained in these specific techniques to provide personalized and patient-friendly solutions for complex cases. Their expertise ensures that patients receive the best possible care tailored to their unique anatomical requirements and personal needs.

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The Process of Getting Complete Dentures

Getting dentures typically involves several appointments. Your dentist will take precise measurements of your mouth and discuss customization options to ensure a comfortable fit and natural look. For implant-supported dentures, additional appointments will be necessary for implant placement and healing.

Maintenance and Care

For Removable Dentures:

  • Daily brushing and rinsing are essential to remove food particles and prevent bacterial growth.
  • You should soak them overnight in water or  specialized cleaner solutions to maintain their shape and hygiene.

For Implant-Supported Dentures:

  • Regular brushing and flossing around the implants are crucial to prevent gum disease and ensure the longevity of the dentures through proper care.

Cost Considerations and Insurance

The cost of complete dentures varies widely depending on the type, materials used, and additional procedures needed. It’s important to discuss with your dentist and insurance provider to understand the coverage options and out-of-pocket expenses.

At the same time, don’t miss our post about the aproximated cost of dental implants.


Complete dentures can significantly improve the quality of life for those who have lost their natural teeth, providing a functional and aesthetic solution. By understanding the types, benefits, and care requirements of dentures, you can make an informed decision that best suits your needs and lifestyle.


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