Full or Partial: Which Denture Is Right For You?

Losing a single tooth can be embarrassing. Losing multiple teeth can be embarrassing, and a threat to your overall health as well. In situations where patients are experiencing advanced tooth loss, we may recommend a prosthetic to replace these teeth and return function to the smile. We offer two different options, full and partial. Which one is right for your smile?

Try Our Quiz on Full and Partial Dentures

  1. True or False: Tooth loss can lead to problems in your daily life.
  2. True or False: Partials can replace several lost teeth.
  3. True or False: Our full dentures are custom-made.
  4. True or False: Dental implant can secure fixed dentures.

Answer Key

  1. True. Multiple missing teeth can lead to problems eating a variety of foods. You are then forced to subsists mainly on soft foods, which deprives your body of essential nutrients. In addition, advanced tooth loss can cause difficulty speaking clearly.
  2. True. A partial means we don’t have to remove any more of your teeth, allowing you to obtain a prosthetic even if you still have many of your natural teeth. The partial uses metal clasps that attach to the remaining teeth, anchoring the denture in place.
  3. True. This is actually true of all our dentures (and restoration!). We create them by taking detailed digital impressions of your smile. We can then design and create a custom-made prosthetic. The dentures will have an acrylic base designed to look like natural gum tissue, as well as a full row of lifelike replacement teeth.
  4. True. Instead of relying on metal clasps or natural suction, we can insert implants into the jawbone. The denture will be held in place, fixed, and can last for a significantly longer amount of time.


Dr. Brent Engelberg and our highly-skilled team proudly serve patients and their families from Arlington Heights, IL, and all surrounding communities, including: Northbrook, Deerfield, Highland Park, Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire, Libertyville, Skokie, Evanston, Palatine, Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village, Rolling Meadows, and the Northern and Northwest Chicago Suburbs. To learn more, schedule a consultation online, or call our office today at 847-259-8030.


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