The difference between complete dentures and partial dentures is when all teeth are missing complete dentures are recommended. If there are some natural teeth, partial dentures are recommended. The benefits of partial dentures are that they fill space left by missing teeth, and prevent natural teeth from shifting out of place.
In the decision-making process, there are two different complete denture options including conventional or immediate dentures. Conventional dentures are not made until the existing teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed for 4-6 weeks. Immediate dentures, on the other hand, are made in advance and immediately placed after teeth are removed. The immediate procedure prevents the patient from being without teeth during the healing process. Dentures will also be subject to repairs or readjustments due to normal wear and tear of everyday life.