Detachable dentures are partial dentures made out of acrylic resin, or in combination with metal. As the name implies, this type of arrangement is not fixed to your teeth, and requires removal for daily cleaning.

The partial denture

Partial dentures can be used when enough healthy teeth are available. There are 3 types of partial dentures:
Acrylic dentures are attached to your natural teeth using wired braces. They are meant to be used as provisional dentures following tooth extractions, in order to allow for a proper healing of the extraction site. We recommend a metal frame denture after 3 months.
Unlike with plastic dentures, metal frame dentures are made with higher accuracy for better fit and don't need to entirely cover the hard palate (upper jaw).
They are designed to be narrower and more stable, and have a much better fit in comparison to plastic dentures. See below for different anchoring options of metal frame dentures.

1. Metal frame dentures are attached with cast brackets (visible) to existing teeth. However, clamps can, by the effect of adverse leverage, damage the remaining teeth. To minimize unfavorable leverage, bracket crowns may be placed.
2. Metal frame with attachment
Attachments, instead of brackets, are the best solution for lasting comfort, but require relatively well-preserved teeth.
This kind of prosthesis always requires two attachments, and each attachment consists of two components:
The removable part (female part) incorporated in the prosthesis, and the fixed part (male part) is a component of the crown.
The adjacent pairs of teeth need to be locked-in using crowns (with limited amount of teeth, all remaining teeth need to be interlocked).
In contrast to conventional clamp type dentures, this system has an aesthetic advantage, since the anchoring is not visible to the outside world. Furthermore, stability in seating is increased in comparison to clamped dentures.
3. Metal frame dentures with snap-in anchors or bar anchoring are rarely ever based on natural teeth. Nevertheless, they are the best kind of anchor for an implant-supported denture (link), in which the bar anchor provides the best possible grip.

Telescopic dentures

The telescopic denture is firmly retained by telescopic crowns (cemented into the teeth). It offers a comfortable fit and a balanced distribution of loads, in addition to the stabilization of the remaining teeth. It is aesthetically superior to a normal denture, since it is not equipped with brackets. A telescopic denture can be easily expanded when needed.

Full dentures

Full dentures are used in edentulous jaws to restore chewing ability and aesthetics.
Tooth shape, tooth color, bite height and position, are custom tailored. The denture adheres to the underlying gum and bone tissue by suction. Adverse jaw ridges are incapable (even with optimal design of the denture) of providing adequate suction to hold the denture firmly in place. In those cases we recommend the placement of 2 - 4 implants, on which the denture can be attached.
The implant solution is frequently used in the lower jaw. Since the floor of the mouth is flexible and the tongue is in motion, adequate stability cannot be obtained. As an alternative, a denture adhesive could be used, which does not provide any comfort.