What are the 4 Types of Dentures?

Are you in the process of researching dentures so you can determine the best type of denture for you? Join us as we compare the four main types of dentures. If you need more information, call our friendly denture clinic located in Victoria, BC to learn more.

Types of Dentures

There are 4 main types of dentures we will be looking at. They include:

  1. Complete Dentures (also called full dentures or traditional dentures)
  2. Removable Partial Dentures
  3. Immediate Dentures
  4. Denture Over Implants

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures, also known as full dentures, can restore function, enabling chewing and eating, while also improving one’s appearance and self-confidence.

This type of denture is designed to replace entire sets of teeth. They sit on the gum as opposed to dental bridges that are anchored to existing teeth. 

They are cost effective but can slip out of place while eating or talking and may cause a lisp to develop because they are thicker and not implanted into the mouth.

Most dentists will try to save any natural teeth before recommending full dentures. Complete dentures can be placed 8-12 weeks after teeth have been removed/extracted.

Removable Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are used to replace only some missing teeth in both the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both. They are easily removable and yet help to maintain the structural integrity of the mouth while restoring the natural look, feel, and function of your teeth.  

This type of denture is best suited for individuals who aren’t good candidates for implant-supported dentures or those who can’t undergo surgery. They consist of false teeth and a gum-colored base made of acrylic that attaches to clasps that secure the dentures in place.

They are also cost-effective and don’t break easily but are prone to plaque build up if not cleaned regularly and the clasps may show when smiling.

Immediate Dentures

Immediate dentures are placed immediately after tooth extraction and provide an immediate solution for eating and speaking after extraction, however they are not a long term solution and don’t look as natural as permanent dentures.

While they can aid in the transition period between tooth extraction and getting permanent dentures, they are not a long term solution and are more prone to breakage and bacteria buildup.

These dentures are ideal for those with sensitive gums and teeth and are used as a band-aid over the 6-8 weeks it takes for your mouth to heal after tooth extraction.

Denture Over Implants

An overdenture, also known as an implant-supported denture, is held in place on top of the gums by dental implants. Overdentures can be placed in the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both.

They have better support than complete dentures and won’t loosen while speaking or eating. However, you need to take them out each night to allow the gum tissue to rest.

While they are more aesthetically pleasing and natural looking than traditional dentures, they are more expensive and are more invasive, requiring surgery.


When it comes to finding the right type of denture for your needs, you’ll have to consider your particular health requirements, what you’re able to afford, and keep in mind the maintenance needs of the denture.

At Cook St. Denture Clinic, we’re here to assist you in making the best choice for your dental needs. Our friendly denturists are available for a free consultation. Contact us today!