Different Types Of Dentures & The Best Choices For Patients

Denture can highly improve oral health. Understanding the various types of dentures and making informed choices is key for optimal results. This comprehensive guide delves into the different types of dentures, their suitability, and the best choices for patients.

What Are Dentures and Who Needs Them?

Dentures are custom-made prosthetic devices designed to replace missing teeth and restore oral functionality they can be both removable or attached to the bones. They are recommended for people who have lost some or all of their natural teeth for various reasons, including decay, injury, or aging.

Dentures are a versatile option as they can treat different dental issues, and there’s no age limit to try them, making them a popular choice among those seeking a more healthy smile.

How Are They Fitted?

Fitting dentures involves precise measurements and impressions of the patient’s mouth. Then, a dentist or dental lab will craft accurate prostheses to be tried on the patient. A correct denture piece should be comfortable, allowing patients to speak, eat, and smile confidently.

Benefits Of Dentures

Before delving into the different types of Dentures, let’s delve into some general benefits of this prosthesis: 

  • Improved appearance of the smile. 
  • Better ability to eat and speak 
  • Improve oral health. 
  • Cost-effective solution
  • Less invasive option
  • Custom-made to the patient’s needs.

What Are The Different Types Of Dentures

There are different types of dentures —  Full Denture, Partial Denture and Fixed Denture. The main difference relies on the portion of teeth it’ll replace. Let’s explore some key aspects of each.

1. Full denture:

A full acrylic denture will replace full teeth of sets, it can be  either an immediate denture or a conventional denture:

a. Immediate Denture: Immediate dentures are considered temporary. This is due to the healing process of the bones and gums shrinking over time, causing a need for readjustment. 

b. Conventional Denture: They are designed to restore function and aesthetics and replace the full arch. A conventional denture is used when the gum tissues have completely healed, while immediate dentures are used immediately after the teeth are removed without allowing the gums to heal fully. 

Pros Cons
Restores full set of teeth May need adjustment period
Provides a complete smile May affect taste perception initially

2. Partial Dentures

Acrylic partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. Partial dentures typically have two options:

a. Removable partial dentures
: Replace teeth attached to a gum-coloured plastic base, which may be connected by a metal skeleton that keeps the denture in position.

b. Fixed bridge denture:  One or more teeth are replaced by placing crows on either side of the space and attaching artificial teeth. The fixed bridge is then cemented or glued into place.

Pros Cons
Blend with natural teeth Not as stable as fixed dentures
Enhance chewing ability Requires proper maintenance

3. Fixed Dentures:

There are four main types of fixed dentures

a. Implants: These are surgically infused into the bone and, over time, may resemble the feel of real teeth. Implants are loaded with prosthesis within a six-month period or over.

b. Fixed Bridge: Are dentures used to replace missing teeth. The artificial tooth is cemented to each side of the remaining natural teeth

c. Implant-supported fixed Dentures: They are implants surgically inserted into the jaw bone, and a crown is screwed in to fit the insert

d. Implant-supported retained dentures: These implants allow removable dentures to be attached to the implants in the jaw.

Pros Cons
Stability and durable alternative Higher initial cost
Prevent bone loss in the jaw Surgical procedure required for implants

Main Differences Between Dentures

Category  Full Dentures Partial Dentures Fixed Dentures
Comfort Varies based on fit Comfortable if fitted properly  Stable and


Hygiene Requires regular


Easy maintenance Easy to clean and


Durability Typically last 5 to 10 years with proper care and maintenance.  It lasts around 5 to 10 years on average with proper care and maintenance. It can last over 10 years or more with proper care and maintenance.
Food Taste Might affect taste


Minimal impact on


Retains natural taste
Invasive Treatment Level  Low – Medium.  Medium. High, may require surgical intervention.
Denture Care &


Can require


Generally low


Minimal repairs
Costs Affordable Affordable Higher initial cost


What Denture Is Right For You?

If you’re wondering, “What type of dentures are the best?” Well, the answer will vary depending on the complexity of your case, budget, and desired outcome. Seeking professional assistance is key to getting an accurate diagnostic and tailored treatment plan. 

Denture Care And Repair

Under proper care, dentures can last up to 5-10 years before is necessary to replace them. As patients’ mouths can experience natural shape changes, it is possible that dentures will need an adjustment or realignment.

Regarding maintenance, proper cleaning is key; patients should remove and clean daily if they have removable dentures. Use a special denture brush and toothpaste on your mouth and gently clean them to prevent any damage; for the denture itself, use mild dish soap or a cleanser specifically designed for dentures.

If you’re unsure how to clean your specific type of denture, consult your dentist for further assistance. 

How Much Do Dentures Cost? 

For a full acrylic lower or upper denture, the cost of dentures is, on average, $2,448 in Australia. Still, this cost will vary depending on other factors, such as the preparation required before appointments, specialists and general treatment. 

Material can also affect the cost as acrylics are more expensive but more durable. Whatever you choose, remember that investing in high-quality material is a long-term investment. 

With Southern Cross Dental – Dental Lab Solutions

Choosing the right dentures is crucial for oral health and well-being. If you’re a dentist or a dental practice we can help you get the best dental solution for your patients, including a wide range of customisable and precise denture alternatives. 

Contact us today and discover the perfect denture solution tailored to your needs. We help you transform your patient’s smiles confidently and enjoy life with our expert dental care