Denture upper jaw – lower jaw

A denture for maxilla or mandible

Every dentist visitor knows the foreign body sensation in his mouth: No matter if it is just a small filling or a crown is set. First, you have to get used to the “new” on the teeth. Imagine, this feeling is permanent. Not nice, but for patients who wear dentures with palatal plate, unfortunately everyday. Relief creates a palatal prosthesis.

In the following, I will inform you about your options for dentures – from the full denture to the use of implants in the maxilla and mandible – and explain the advantages and disadvantages of each method.

The disadvantages of a palate plate

If already dentures, then the ideal. And not one that produces a foreign body sensation or gagging, which goes hand in hand with loss of taste or under which scraps of food can hide (attention: halitosis threatens!).
Many people complain with a palatal plate in the upper jaw also about limited chewing and articulation ability. In addition, a badly fitting denture can extremely irritate the oral mucosa, resulting in Inflammation in the oral cavity can lead.

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What is the palate plate actually for??

It is used in her complete form with full dentures in the upper jaw. But also narrower forms than Ironing palate partial dentures are possible.
The palate plate absorbs itself on the oral mucosa and thus stops the dentures. But this only works in the upper jaw, because the tongue needs space in the lower jaw.

The alternative: palatal denture

Even with a full denture, so if all teeth are missing, a palate plate no longer has to be today. And with a partial denture, the insert has proven itself without the annoying bulge anyway.
A very good fit of the dentures, the elimination of foreign body sensation, no taste impairment and no problems when speaking Advantages that offers a palate-free solution.

In order to realize them, it is necessary to check in advance:

  1. There are still residual teeth that can be included in the prosthesis.
  2. There are no residual teeth left.

The palate-free telescopic denture

(1) With existing residual teeth (partial denture)

Telescopic work is possible even with only one residual tooth on which further denture teeth can be anchored. The telescopic prosthesis works on the 2-cup principle: the primary telescope is a crown that is applied to the abutment tooth. It pushes that over secondary telescope, the outer crown of the denture. Both are perfectly matched and thus keep the prosthesis in place. Like two cups put together. Telescopic prostheses are therefore part of a removable denture.

But the abandonment of a palate plate is only from four or more remaining teeth possible. The abutment teeth are at least necessary to anchor the denture stably in the upper jaw. This one has an aesthetically very attractive solution, but also a really high quality dental replacement. Of course, this method can also be applied in the lower jaw.

(2) All teeth are missing (full denture)

If there is no tooth left, implants can be used in the maxilla and mandible. This is of course the variant that associated with higher costs is because the effort for the dentist and dental technician is much greater.
The dental prosthesis for the upper body then rests on four implants, which are also provided again with primary and secondary crown.

A new version is described as an all-on-4 concept. The advantage: There are only two sessions required at the dentist, that is, within a few hours you have completely new teeth. The method is suitable for completely toothless people. In most cases, this also eliminates the complex build-up of bone, which can last for months. In addition, it is cheaper than working with conventional implants.

Another minimally invasive form of providing the upper jaw with palatal dentures is a click implant. For these implants only a few millimeters must be pre-drilled in the gums, which is quite gentle on the patient. Again, you can save costs compared to the classical method of implantation.

The combination of both

This is also possible: own teeth and implants in the upper jaw and lower jaw serve as pillars for tooth crowns on which the denture sits as a telescopic prosthesis. However, this solution is not preferred for dentures by dentists: The implants sit very firmly in the jaw, while the natural teeth always have a little leeway. Bringing both together, that is exact adjustment of the telescopic prosthesis without a palate plate so difficult.

Is the palate-free dentures always recommended?

I would say that palate-free is definitely the better solution when it comes to the ideal dentures. Of course you have to decide individually with your practitioner, what suits you. Also financially.
Because it is clear: Neither implants nor the preparation of a telescopic prosthesis are favorable solutions for dentures. So you should expect depending on the effort with a few thousand euros. A dental insurance is therefore always useful to fulfill the desire for a beautiful smile.


Disturbing palatal plates, which hinder you when speaking and chewing, need not be even with full dentures. The dentures with telescopic work helps you to be able to smile and eat naturally again.
It does not matter if there are any remaining teeth or the jaw is completely toothless: Either the own, remaining teeth are used as anchoring or you place implants to integrate the palate-free telescopic denture into the upper jaw. An aesthetically and functionally high-quality solution for your teeth.

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