Dentures & Partial Dentures

Are you afraid to smile because of embarrassing gaps and spaces in your teeth? If you have missing or damaged teeth, a denture might be the right choice for you. At Dental Health Group, we can custom design a denture specifically for your needs.

A denture is a removable appliance that fits comfortably and looks natural. This dental solution will make your smile more attractive, help you eat better and have a very positive effect on your health.

There are three types of dentures - full, partial and implant supported dentures. 

Full Dentures

Full dentures are designed for people who have lost all of their teeth. These custom dentures are precisely molded and created to securely fit your mouth. Held in place by strong cheek and mouth muscles, full dentures will keep your jaw properly aligned and will increase your chewing power significantly. A complete denture can be either “conventional” or “immediate.”  A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed (usually takes 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.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are often one of the easiest ways to replace missing teeth. These dentures are held in place by discreet clasps that can be customized to match your existing, healthy teeth. Partial dentures are quite comfortable and will increase your speech abilities and strengthen your bite. They will also dramatically improve your smile so that you can look and feel your best every day!

Implant Supported Dentures

Implant supported dentures are becoming more popular as implants help stabilize loose dentures and allow better comfort and chewing function. While a regular denture rests on the gums an implant supported denture is a type of overdenture that is supported by and attached to implants. You will find that an implant supported denture is mainly used when there are no teeth in the jaw, but enough bone in the jaw to support implants.

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:

  • Loss of all teeth in an arch (complete denture)
  • Loss of several teeth in an arch (partial denture)
  • 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 a period of 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.

If you have questions about dentures or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office.