The dentist is holding dentures in his hands

Dentures are removable devices that are used to replace missing teeth. They can be made from a variety of materials, including plastic, acrylic, metal, or ceramic. There are different types of dentures, including:

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures are made to replace all of the teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. In some cases, they can be used to replace teeth in both the upper and lower jaw. Complete dentures are removable and can be used to restore the appearance and chewing function of missing teeth.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures cover a group of missing teeth and may be supported by a combination of adjacent natural teeth and a wire framework. Partial dentures can replace one or more missing teeth from an arch of teeth. Although they are similar to dental bridges, partial dentures are usually removable whereas dental bridges are fixed in the mouth.


An implant overdenture, also commonly known as snap on dentures, are traditional dentures that are made to snap onto 2-4 implant abutments. Implant dentures are still removable, like traditional dentures, but they don’t rock, shift, or rub since the implants hold them in place.

Flexible Partial Dentures

A flexible partial denture is made of a clear, softer resin that can be easily molded to fit the shape of the missing teeth and surrounding gums. It is held in place by clasps that attach to the natural teeth. Flexible partial dentures are often used to replace a single tooth or only a few missing teeth. They are also commonly used as a temporary tooth loss solution until a more permanent solution can be used.


Candidates for dentures are individuals who are missing one or all of their natural teeth and need an affordable prosthetic option. The number of missing teeth will determine what type of denture will work best for you.

The Procedure

When getting dentures at SmileMcLean Dentistry, you can expect  the following steps:

  1. A mold will be taken off your gum structure, as well as the roof of your mouth.
  2. This mold will be sent to a dental lab for denture fabrication.
  3. When the completed dentures are completed, you will return to SmileMcLean Dentistry for a final fitting.
  4. Dr. Farahi will make sure the fit is comfortable before you start wearing your new dentures.
  5. In some cases, multiple adjustments may be needed to ensure that your dentures are functional and feel comfortable in your mouth.

Dentures are an affordable option for individuals who have lost teeth.  To see what type of denture is best suited for you and your lifestyle, schedule a consultation with Dr. Farahi of SmileMcLean Dentistry today!