Dentures

mature smiling with his dentures

Dentures are artificial teeth and gums utilized to replace missing teeth that have been lost due to trauma, decay, or gum disease. In addition to improved aesthetics, tooth replacement is important in assisting with chewing and supporting facial muscles that are critical for speaking clearly. 

Our office proudly offers complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are a full set of artificial teeth that cover the entire upper or lower jaw. Partial dentures replace individual teeth, filling spaces caused by missing teeth. Both can be beneficial in giving you the confidence needed to show off your bright smile. 

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures, also referred to as full dentures, are removable and available in two types: immediate or conventional. 

Immediate dentures are utilized when tooth extraction and the introduction of new dentures are being done on the same day. They are made in advance to avoid the gap between tooth removal and denture placement. This provides you with the convenience of being able to leave our office with a full set of teeth, eliminating time without teeth during the healing period. With this option, multiple adjustments may be necessary during the healing process to ensure proper fit.

Conventional dentures are typically utilized to replace existing dentures. This type of denture follows a tooth extraction and is placed once your gum tissue has started healing. Since placement occurs once the healing process is in progress, the entire treatment plan for conventional dentures can take several months.

Partial Dentures

Removable partial dentures are used to replace multiple missing teeth and prevent existing teeth from changing position. They’re recommended for patients that have one or more natural teeth remaining in either the upper or lower jaw. Crowns are placed on the teeth neighboring the space, and artificial teeth are attached to them with a fixed bridge. 

These bridges are attached to a gum-colored, pink plastic base, which is affixed to a metal framework that holds the denture in place. This framework includes small metal clamps that fit snugly between other teeth, or with crowns that have precision attachments, such as hidden clasps. In total, this fitment is made of a metal framework that includes plastic teeth and gum sections. Temporary partial dentures may also have a completely plastic base with no metal fixtures. 

Denture Care

Whether you receive full or partial dentures, good dental hygiene practices are very important. Before inserting your dentures, we recommend brushing your gums, tongue, and roof of your mouth with a soft toothbrush. This stimulates circulation and helps to remove any plaque build-up. Dentures should be rinsed before brushing to remove any debris or loose food particles. 

Contact our office today to set up your appointment for a consultation.

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