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Full and partial dentures

What is a full denture?

A full denture is a removable dental prosthesis that replaces all of the natural teeth and lost soft tissues in the maxillary or mandibular dental arch. The denture is usually made of methyl methacrylate (acrylic) and is completely supported by the mouth tissues.

What is a partial denture?

A partial removable denture is a removable dental prosthesis that replaces a number of teeth and lost soft tissues in the maxillary or mandibular dental arch.

Different types of partial removable dentures are available:

  • Cobalt - Chrome partial removable dentures show a metal frame made of an alloy mainly of those two metals and have the pink acrylic and acrylic teeth attached to it. They are both teeth and soft tissues supported and show most indications for clinical use compared to the other types of removable partial dentures
  • Acrylic partial dentures usually are made solely of methyl methacrylate and are completely supported by soft tissues. Most often indicated for use as a provisional solution
  • Flexible partial removable dentures (e.g. Valplast) made of flexible acrylic material. They show very limited indications and case selection must be very careful based on clinical criteria

Example of a Full and Partial Denture

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Figure 1 Partial Co-Cr denture

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Figure 2 Full upper/lower denture

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