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Dentures

Whether from disease, malnutrition or genetic disorders, sometimes it is necessary for us to extract all of a patient's lower or upper teeth. Dentures can provide a second chance at a beautiful smile.

Having complete dentures can help with chewing as well as support one’s facial structure and improve speech. With immediate dentures, you can have a full set of teeth while you are waiting for your gums to heal and your bone to realign after having teeth removed. Healing can take up to six months, so immediate dentures are a great alternative during this time.

Sometimes, complete dentures are not necessary. Partial dentures can replace a sequence of missing teeth, and are secured to your remaining teeth with clasps.

No matter which kind of dentures you choose, you can be assured you will receive natural-looking dentures that match your facial structure and desired tooth color.

For more information or to receive a free consultation, please contact us today.

About Dentures

A denture or a complete denture, as it is often called, is an appliance that is inserted in the mouth, replacing natural teeth and providing support for the cheeks and lips.

Most dentures are made of acrylic and can be fabricated two different ways.

  • A conventional denture is made after all teeth have been extracted and the tissues (gums) have healed.
  • An immediate denture is fabricated and inserted immediately after the teeth are extracted and the tissues are allowed to heal under the denture.
  • An upper denture has acrylic, usually flesh colored, that covers the palate (roof of the mouth).
  • A lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to leave room for the tongue.
  • The teeth are made of porcelain or plastic, or a combination thereof.  Dentures can be fabricated to fit over endodontically treated teeth and a complete denture can be attached to dental implants to allow for a more secure fit of the appliance.

Over a normal course of time, dentures will show signs of wear and need to be replaced or relined in order to keep the jaw alignment normal. The alignment will slowly change as the bone and gum ridges recede or shrink due to the extraction of the teeth. Regular dental examinations are still important for the denture wearer so that the oral tissues can be checked for disease or change.