What Is The Difference Between A Partial And A Complete Denture?
A partial denture is a dental appliance used to replace some missing teeth while the patient retains the other natural teeth. The natural teeth are used as anchors to allow the partial dentures to be clipped on.

Traditional partial dentures make use of wire clasps to have a firm grip over the teeth to maintain stability and retention. However, if these clasps are used in the smile zone, it can spoil the aesthetics of the mouth. Dr. Guyot uses the latest advanced versions of partial dentures that ensure that the aesthetics of the patient are not compromised in any way. Precision attachments in the anchor teeth use no wires in the smile zone.

A complete denture, on the other hand, is a dental appliance which replaces an entire arch of missing teeth. This could be used over the upper jaw or the lower jaw, or both. In many cases, the patient may have a complete denture for the upper jaw and a partial denture for the lower jaw, or vice versa. There are also many cases where the patient requires a complete denture for both the upper and lower jaws.

Complete dentures are essentially placed directly over the gum that covers the bone, whereas partial dentures are rested upon a metal framework that is attached to the patient s remaining natural teeth. Partial dentures help to fill up the space where the natural teeth have gone missing and prevent the remaining natural teeth from moving.

Dental implant technology also helps to keep dentures in place more firmly. A dental implant can serve as an anchor for the denture. This ensures that the denture does not become loose and remains firmly in its position for the patient s comfort. This technique is useful for both complete as well as partial dentures.
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