Dentures and Partials

Dentures and Partial Dentures

There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures.  Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.  A Partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.

Complete Dentures

Dentures not only improve smiles, but more importantly they improve lives. Not only will you be more confident in your appearance, but you will eat better, and that can have a positive impact on your overall health. Our goal is to provide you with a denture, fabricated to your personal treatment needs, a an affordable price.

In providing dentures for you, our Patient Satisfaction Commitment simply means we want you to be completely satisfied with the services you receive at our practice. Our goal is to do the best we can to meet your expectations as we help you with you experience in wearing dentures.

We provide Custom Dentures where the denture teeth are set in a wax base so you may try them in to see how the denture will look before it is completed. During this stage you may make any changes to suit you and your dental needs. After you have approved the look of your Custom Dentures, the laboratory will custom finish you denture in the permanent acrylic base material. It’s like designing your own smile!

If I Am Having My Teeth Removed Do I have to Wait to Get Dentures?

A Complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.”  A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks.  During this time the patient will go without teeth.  Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process.  Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.

Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.

Reasons for dentures:

  • Complete Denture – Loss of all teeth in an arch.
  • Partial Denture – Loss of several teeth in an arch.
  • Enhancing smile and facial tissues.
  • Improving chewing, speech, and digestion.

What does getting dentures involve?

The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over several weeks.  Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture.  Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit.  At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.

It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty, however this will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.

You will be given care instructions for your new dentures.  Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.