Are Palateless Dentures Right for You?

Do you have dentures but feel that food just doesn’t taste the same anymore? Or maybe you are ready to be fitted with your first set of dentures and want to continue to enjoy the foods you love. Whatever your situation is, Affordable Dentures and Implants can provide expert advice no matter what your circumstance may be.

What is a palateless denture?

Sometimes called a “roofless” denture, these false teeth will be crafted into a horseshoe shape that will only cover the gums of your missing teeth. This style of denture will keep the roof of your mouth open and free to experience food and flavor the way it should be.

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There are a couple of ways to get this style of denture if your dentist deems you eligible.

Palateless Dentures With Dental Implants

Dental implants will be your most secure option for this style of denture. They are tiny titanium rods that are surgically inserted into your jawbone in a minimally invasive procedure. The dentures will then be screwed into the implants permanently, or they will be secured as a “snap-on” style that can be removed periodically.

We understand that surgery can be scary, but rest assured that these procedures are quick and often completed on the same day as your original appointment. You will have a couple of weeks of healing time to allow the swelling in your gums to recede before being fitted with your final denture. Of course, each patient is unique, so please be sure to discuss this with your dentist.

Don’t worry, your dentist will craft and send you home with a temporary denture while you heal to make sure you still have a winning smile to show off.

Can I Still Enjoy Food With My Dentures?

For foodies and sweet tooths alike, we understand that eating and enjoying confections and delicacies can bring real joy to a person’s life.

When you get a traditional denture, it will cover the roof of your mouth or your top “palate”, this will make eating and speaking much more challenging, you won’t be able to experience food the way you used to. This is because you have hundreds of taste buds on the roof of your mouth that are essential for relaying flavors and heat warnings to your brain.

When you get a full-set of traditional dentures, your device will cover the roof of your mouth and affect the way you taste when you eat.

If you want to avoid this issue, it is recommended to consider a “palateless” denture.

Should I Get a Palateless Denture?

If you are missing nearly all of your top or bottom row of teeth, you could be eligible for a palateless denture. If you have a few teeth remaining, you will require extractions in order to properly place this type of denture.

This type of denture is meant to replace an entire arch in the mouth, so if you are only missing one or a few teeth, you may want to consider a partial denture or single dental implants.

Pros & Cons of Palateless Dentures


  • You will have more freedom of taste when eating
  • Easier to speak as tongue touches roof of mouth vs plastic
  • Less bulky than traditional dentures
  • Less denture to maintain
  • Implant compatible


  • Removable and unstable
  • Less structured than traditional dentures
  • You will have to have extractions

About Affordable Dentures & Implants

At Affordable Dentures & Implants, we are able to complete your implant procedure and send you home with your custom temporary dentures in one-day after your initial consultation.

You will always be met with experienced dentists who are backed by the nation’s number one denture and implant provider. Find a local denture practice near you today to schedule your first consultation and begin your journey to your best smile yet.

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