The Three Main Types Of Dentures

The Three Main Types Of DenturesDentures have been a part of dental care for centuries, and even the founding fathers had a form of them. Out of the more than 7 million people who call Long Island home, a huge number need or already have dentures of one form or another. If you’re one of them, you will likely need to spend at least a minute or two figuring out which of the different types of dentures that are available.

At Island Dental Associates, we understand just how important your smile is to you. That’s why we want you to be able to easily learn about the different types of dentures that are available. There are three main types, and each one has its pros and cons. Here’s a quick rundown of the three main options available to you.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures, often simply called ‘partials’, are a type of denture appliance that replace only a few missing teeth. Usually, these fit into the mouth through a bridge or other similar method, and they’re a good option for those who have lost two or more teeth in an accident or for any other reason. They are matched to your tooth color and for a good fit, so once they’re in the mouth others won’t be able to tell that they’re not real.

Full Dentures

These are what are usually considered when people talk about dentures. They’re a full set of replacement teeth that are molded to match your mouth and deliver the best fit. These are usually held in place with denture adhesive, and are cared for with special cleansers and cleaning processes. They’re a traditional solution to the problem of lost teeth, and are well worth considering if you have lost your teeth for any reason.


Implants have moved away from being the future of dentures, and are now very much a reality. Implants use fixed anchors set in the jaw to attach full or partial dentures to. Once installed, they will function and be cared for exactly like traditional teeth, which means that over time even you won’t’ be able to tell them apart from the real thing.

Each of these three options serves a different purpose. It’s important for you to understand more about them all in order to determine which the right call is for you and your needs. Contact us today to learn more about them and to set up a free consultation. We’ll help you find the denture option that is perfect for your situation.