Dentures and Partials

Dentures are a removable appliance used for the replacement of missing teeth and surrounding tissues. There are two types of dentures available, including partial and complete dentures. Partial dentures are used to fill the space created by missing teeth, as well as utilizing support of the remaining teeth to help prevent them from shifting. Complete dentures are used to restore your smile and mouth function if all your teeth have been lost.

Dentures are removable and may require adjustments in order to create a proper fit with the gums and mouth. New dentures may feel awkward or loose for the first few weeks until the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place and you are comfortable eating and speaking. This may require some practice, but soon you will adjust and enjoy the benefits that a full mouth of teeth can provide.

In our office, we frequently augment full or partial dentures with implant support, helping stabilize & retain your dentures in your mouth. This can frequently be done after the original appliance is fabricated. The new mini-implants are becoming very helpful in this area.

Dentures are custom created to resemble your natural teeth so there should be no noticeable change to your appearance. In fact, dentures may even improve your smile!

There are a number of compelling reasons to restore your smile following tooth loss. Dentures can help you restore a beautiful smile to enhance your appearance, boost your self-esteem and maintain the important functions of your teeth, like chewing and speaking properly. Additionally, dentures can restore fullness to facial structures, such as the cheeks or the lips.

Yes, dentures will affect your appearance. They’ll make it better! Some people are concerned that their dentures will look unnatural or artificial. However, the modern materials used to create today’s dentures are remarkably lifelike in their appearance. They mimic many of the aesthetic qualities of biological teeth, and the appliances can be customized to make sure that they look just like your natural teeth or even improve on the appearance of your smile, if you would like.

Dentures are highly effective in replacing the chewing function performed by the missing biological teeth. Because the appliances are tailored to the structure of each patient’s unique oral cavity, they feel natural while chewing. For even better chewing function, patients can choose to get the additional support of dental implants, which make the appliance even stronger and more durable and stable.

In order to get the maximum benefit from your dentures, you will want to take good care of them. Fortunately, it’s easy to keep your dentures clean and in good condition. You’ll want to remove your dentures while you sleep, so it presents the perfect opportunity to soak your dentures to remove any bacteria that might accumulate on them. It’s also important to store your dentures in a protective case when you are not wearing them to reduce the risk of breakage.

While you can expect an adjustment period when you first get your dentures, it will likely take less time than you might think. You’ll need to learn how to hold the dentures in place, and the muscles in your lips, cheeks and those that control your tongue will take up that duty. You’ll also need to get used to chewing and speaking with your dentures. However, most patients master their new dentures within a matter of weeks.