Dentures: Learn The Lingo

denturelowerLike any other field, when you begin looking into dentistry, you will find that it has a vocabulary all its own. You may feel quite educated on the general terms like cleaning, restorative dentistry, and teeth replacement. However, when you get down to the specifics within specialized areas, like dental prosthetics, you may feel you spend too much time defining terms, which keeps you from making important decisions regarding treatment. If you have been learning more about full dentures or partials, we encourage you to first learn the lingo, so the decision-making comes easy.

Traditional Dentures

Traditional full dentures and partial dentures (commonly called partials) are prosthetics that will rest in your mouth, replacing your missing teeth. They will rely on natural suction, which is created on its own. This will provide you with enough stability to enjoy a complete smile and chew your food. You may choose to rely on specially formulated adhesives in some cases for a bit more support. We offer the following:

  • Full Dentures: A full denture replaces, like it sounds, a full arch of teeth. You may wear two at a time to replace a full smile, or a single denture.
  • Partial Dentures: Partial dentures replace multiple missing teeth but they will not replace a complete arch of teeth. Fortunately, you may replace many configurations of tooth loss, whether missing teeth are all in a row or spaced apart from one another and separated by remaining natural teeth.

Implant-Retained Dentures

You may hear the term “implant-retained” or “implant-supported” in reference to dentures. You may also hear people say, “implant dentures.” This is referring to the way your dentures receive their support. Rather than relying on natural suction, the full denture or partial will rest securely over dental implants that have been strategically and surgically placed throughout your smile.


At A Briter Smile Dental Group, our dentists strive to offer each patient individual care and access to high-quality, modern dentistry at an affordable price. If you would like to schedule a consultation, then call our Los Angeles, CA office today at (323) 255-8774. We proudly serve residents of Los Angeles, CA, as well as San Fernando, Pacoima, Granada Hills, Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks, and all surrounding communities.