Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as you please. Depending on each individual patient’s case, they may receive full or partial dentures.
Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of dentures. There are two types of full dentures. Conventional full dentures are used when all the teeth are removed and the tissue is completely healed before your dentures are made. An immediate dentures is given to you the day of your extractions. Before this appointment, we’ll take an impression of your mouth and have a denture made. After removing your teeth, the denture is immediately placed in your mouth. The benefit is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth. You will, however, need to have a follow-up visit to refit your dentures because the jaw bone will slightly change shape as your mouth heals. The dentures will need to be tightened after the jaw bone has healed.
Partial dentures are another option when not all of your teeth need to be removed. They snap into place with small wire or plastic clasps that grip the surrounding teeth. Partial dentures are a great tooth replacement option while you're waiting for a dental implant site to heal or while you're debating other treatment. Some patients even choose a partial denture as their tooth replacement option.
Instead of a traditional denture, many patients are opting for dental implants. Why? A single implant looks and acts like a natural tooth and is a permanent fixture in your mouth. Full-arch implants might be right for you if you want an implant-retained denture. This restoration holds the denture in place – no wiggling or denture paste required! With just a few implants, we can make a stable base for a denture that holds it securely so you can chew all your favorite foods and smile again with confidence! Another option is All-on-4 Implants. Using just four implants, we can make a full-arch restoration that fits tightly and looks natural. No goopy adhesives necessary!
Most dental insurance plans cover dentures, either partially or in full. We work hard to help you maximize your insurance benefits, and will check your policy for you to determine your coverage. If you have any questions, we can help you get the information you need!
If you have a healthy mouth with no signs of significant bone loss or periodontal disease, you are probably a good candidate for dentures.
Most modern dentures look natural. We’ll work with you every step of the way to make sure your dentures look the way you want and that the teeth are the shade and shape you want, too.
Getting dentures is an adjustment and may take some time to get used to. Some people say that they feel bulky or that they don't have enough room for their tongue. Other times the denture might feel loose. These feelings will affect the way you eat and talk for a little while. Over time, your mouth becomes trained to eat and speak with your dentures and they begin to feel more and more like your natural teeth.