For those with multiple missing teeth, difficulties eating may develop, as well problems speaking clearly. Embarrassment with the smile’s appearance is also common. In order to address missing teeth and help our Riverside, MO, patients enjoy full and beautiful smiles, we may prescribe a set of dentures. In today’s blog, we’re looking at the differences between two different types of denture, full and partial.

Partial Dentures

For some, multiple missing teeth spread out across an arch can develop, which means you need more than bridge but not necessarily a full set of dentures. For these cases, we often prescribe a partial. We take detailed impressions of the smile, which we use to design and create the prosthetic. They contain an acrylic base that looks like gum tissue, with lifelike replacement teeth created from ceramic and other strong materials. There will be metal clasps, which attach to natural teeth and anchor your new ones in place. The prosthetic is removable and we will provide detailed instructions to keep them strong.

Full Dentures

If you’ve lost all of your teeth, or at least a majority of them, then you may need more than a partial. A full set of dentures replaces every tooth on one or both of your arches. They will be custom-made for your smile and contain a base designed to match the appearance of gum tissue. A full row of custom teeth will be created. When inserted, suction will hold them in place and they should blend with your facial structure, offering a lifelike solution for advanced tooth loss.

An Implant Alternative

While removable dentures are effective and restore the ability to eat and speak, we also have an alternative. Using dental implants to secure then, we provide dentures that are fixed in place and never slip during meals or speech. The dental implants are inserted into the jawbone and act as new tooth roots. This also enables the prosthetic to last much longer, decades or even a lifetime in some cases. However, we will need to check your smile for underlying health issues, such as gum disease or significant loss of jawbone tissue. Using dental implants, we provide more lifelike and longer lasting bridges, partials, and complete prosthetics. If you have missing teeth, then contact our team to schedule a consultation. We will examine your smile and decide which option is best for your smile. If you have any questions about our prosthetics, then contact our team today.


At Bailey Dental Care, our team offers removable and implant-secured options for addressing one or more missing teeth. To learn more about implant dentistry and removable prosthetics, then please schedule a consultation, call Bailey Dental Care in Riverside, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.