Traditional dentures rest on your gums. They can be partial or full dentures. Partial dentures replace one or more teeth, but less than a full arch. Full dentures replace an entire arch.
Partial dentures are mostly held in place by hooks, clasps, or offshoots that encircle your remaining teeth. Suction between the denture and gums helps hold them in place. Full dentures are held in place only by suction, sometimes aided by denture adhesives.
Traditional dentures have many limitations:
- No support for bone
- Poor chewing ability
- Interference with talking
For these reasons, people often opt against traditional dentures when looking to replace missing teeth. People choose traditional dentures for cost reasons or if they don’t know about other options.