Dentures

We make dentures as a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. We fabricate them to closely resemble your natural teeth and enhance your smile.

A complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” We make the conventional type after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has fully healed.  In order to avoid time without teeth during the healing process, we also make immediate dentures, which are created in advance and placed when the teeth are removed. Once the tissues shrink and heal, we will make adjustments and, oftentimes, replacements to ensure the best fit.

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

Reasons for dentures:

  • Complete – Patients who have no teeth in an arch.  Complete dentures are typically more comfortable on the upper jaw than on the lower.  
  • Partial – Patients who have lost several teeth in an arch.  Partials also prevent other teeth from shifting.
  • Enhancing smile and facial tissues.
  • Improving chewing, speech, and digestion.
Dentures

How are dentures made?

We require several appointments, usually over weeks to months, to fabricate new dentures.  To begin, we take highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements to create your custom denture.  We may use several “try-in” appointments to ensure proper shape, color, and fit.  Also, we will check your phonetics, or speech sounds, esthetics, and function.  At the final appointment, we will precisely adjust and place the prosthesis, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.

Some patients report increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty.  However, they usually notice improvement as their muscles and tissues get used to the new teeth.

We will give you care instructions for your new appliances.  You can help ensure their longevity with proper maintenance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits.