dentures: differences – fixed – partly removable – removable

Posted by Dental News Team On April - 8 - 2010

What does fixed, partly removable and removable mean?

Fixed means that you are not able to remove the dentures out of the mouth. The denture is in the mouth constantly. This is not a dental plate, but a denture.

A classic example is a dental crown (pic.1). The quality of dental crowns, a correct bite and the dental arch incorporation have to fit all the time! Differences in costs refer to the effort and the aesthetic elaboration.

Another example of a fixed denture is the dental bridge (pic.2) Like the dental crown it is also carbonised on tooth stumps. The only difference is, that a dental bridge connects one or more interlinks together.  Separate crowns are often linked together-without interlinks. This is done to save work, cause the technician has to mold less sides on the denture and so the dentist has to pay less for the work.  But this causes disadvantages for you!

If there is no tooth stump left you need an implant instead (pic.3). A denture with implants is mostly carbonised- but with a temporary dental cement-this is called a “partly removable denture.”

If the dentist is able to remove the denture, for example by loosen screws, it is called partly removable denture-so the dentist is able to remove your denture “easily” but you are not.

A classic example of a partly removable denture is a screwed bridge solution (pic.4)

As said before: Implant crowns are carbonised contrary to normal crowns, so the denture can be removed by the dentist as needed.  You call it a fixed denture if the crown is placed on the tooth stump, cause the dentist has to destroy the crown to get to the tooth.

The use of screwed dentures was not unusual in the past, today carbonised solutions are  trend setting.

Some reasons are:

  • Development and improvement of dental cement (permanent and temporary cement)
  • lower costs in contrast to expensive screwed solutions
  • easier to clean
  • less problems
  • higher comfort, cause screwed dentures are usually bigger and clumsy
  • positive development in the region implantology and bone structure surgery

If you have a fixed or partly removable denture the masticatory force is initiated by bones either on the dental root or with implants. This is also possible with removable dentures-the masticatory force can also be initiated by the mucous membrane. You differentiate from denture, supported by bones or mucous membrane. More on this in the next article.

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dentures-dental plate

Posted by Dental News Team On April - 7 - 2010

Our topic in the next weeks is the variety of dentures!

Phrases like  “hybrid prosthesis” are used to describe dentures. The glossary can vary from country to country and continent!

Please talk to your doctor in person about details! We would like to give you an overview on different opportunities, but we are not aiming for term-definitions!


  • differences – fixed – partly removable – removable
  • removable dentures bone support – dental plate mucous membrane support
  • costs
  • dental implants – various waiting times
  • removable dentures – mucous membrane support
  • materials
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Permanent or removable dentures?

Posted by Dental News Team On November - 13 - 2009

Permanent or removable dentures?

wasserglasCost of dentures, free dentures, Chinese dentures, cheap dentures – common queries, but the most important question is: permanent or removable?

Patients are often faced with a choice among different types of dentures, either removable ones or ones that stay in the mouth. Here the pros and cons at a glance:

Pros: comfortable, looks better, good for your self-esteem

Cons: usually very expensive

Pros: usually cheaper
Cons: a reminder that you’re getting “older”, does not look as good, you run around the hospital toothless

Removable dentures are often touted as being easier to clean, but this is not exactly true: both kinds can be cleaned if you do it right. Of course, the kind your dentist uses more often will be the kind they are better at and recommend.

It’s fair to say that if you already have removable dentures and are happy with them, then you can go ahead and save your money. Get a new set from a dentist who recommends them. If you prefer permanent dentures, then look for a dentist who prefers them too!

More on the topic of dentures here!

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