Dentures can be a very effective way to replace missing teeth. Dentures come in two varieties:

  1. Full dentures.
  2. Partial dentures.

Full dentures

Full dentures are, as the name suggests a full replacement for all of your teeth. Full dentures rely on the suction against the underlying gum which means that lower dentures can often be slightly loose as there isn’t so much suction as the upper denture.

Full dentures are therefore sometimes stabilised with dental implants. Normally only a couple of dental implants are required with studs on top to stabilise a full denture.


What material are full dentures be made from?

Full dentures are generally made from poly methyl methacrylate acrylic resin. Some dentures also have Chrome cobalt palates in them in order to keep them thinner and lighter.

Having a chrome cobalt palate also helps with the conductivity of heat allowing a more natural sensation whilst eating hot food.

Partial dentures

Partial dentures use existing teeth stabilise. Typically a clasp would be placed on the removable denture, this class grips adjacent teeth and prevents the denture from falling out.



These clasps can be made from Chrome cobalt, gold or acetyl resin (tooth coloured material)

What material are partial dentures be made from?

Partial dentures are made from poly methyl methacrylate acrylic with elements made out of Chrome cobalt.

Some partial dentures can also be made flexible with new materials such as Valplast.


How to clean dentures

Cleaning dentures can be rather tricky, we always recommend the following:

  • Clean your denture daily to prevent tartar buildup.
  • Don’t use a regular toothpaste as this can be abrasive and destroy the acrylic on your denture.
  • Clean your denture over sink filled with water, if you drop your denture this will prevent it breaking.
  • If possible use a denture cleaner.