In the past it was referred to as “false teeth” and “dental plate”, but regardless, the name is descriptive of a replacement for one, several or all teeth.

What is a denture?

Partial dentures and complete dentures

Dentures are divided into 2 categories:

Partial Dentures:
Denotes dentures that replace some, but not all teeth in a particular arch. The “false teeth” are typically fused to a metal bridge, which is anchored firmly in the mouth by a combination of elastic hoops and clasps. Therefore a partial denture is anchored better in the mouth than a full denture, and is easier to manage.

It is a misconception that partial dentures destroy adjacent teeth. The enamel of the teeth is too strong for the partial denture to cause tooth decay. But dental plaque can still create cavities. If you lose more teeth a partial denture can be fitted with extra teeth as needed.

Complete dentures:
Many people, especially the elderly, had poor capability of retaining their teeth, therefore they may need a denture to replace all teeth in the upper or lower arches. It is important to examine whether the remaining teeth are in such condition that they must be extracted. Even a single tooth can be enough to keep a fixed partial denture anchored, making it more stable. Having said that, it must be stated that it is perfectly possible to be satisfied with a complete denture.

Dentures can be made so realistic with gold crowns and darker teeth, that it is not possible for family and friends to tell the difference between the old teeth and the new denture. And it is no longer necessary, to go without teeth for a period of time. The denture can be fitted in the mouth immediately upon the extraction of the last tooth. As a matter of fact the denture will protect the open wounds and create less discomfort after the dental extraction.


A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. They are usually made from an acrylic base, which is fitted with artificial teeth made from e.g. porcelain.

Two types of dentures are available: complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.

Having missing teeth can make you feel self-conscious about your smile and make eating and speaking difficult. It may also have a negative impact on your oral health.

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Mød Zohair Azzouzi

Født 1974, uddannet fra Københavns Universitet fra Odontologisk Institut på Tandlægeskolen i 2004. Erfaren tandlæge, som har undervist på Tandlægeskolen i KBH i tandkødssygdomme og foretager særlige behandlinger i paradentose.

Zohair har ligeledes publiceret en artikel i Tandlægebladet om “parodontittis juvenilis”, som kan læses her eller læses om på Odontologisk Instituts hjemmeside.

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