Dentures & Partial Dentures

What Are Dentures & Partial Dentures?

Dentures and partial dentures are removable, artificial teeth that a dentist custom makes to fit your mouth. 

Full dentures, also known as complete dentures, replace all the teeth on the upper and/or lower jaw. They are supported by a flesh-colored acrylic base that fits over the gums. On the upper jaw, full dentures cover the palate. On the lower jaw, full dentures hug the gum line and are horseshoe shaped to allow room for the tongue. 

Partial dentures replace a few teeth on the upper or lower jaw and are supported by a metal frame. Often, a dentist will place crowns on the remaining natural teeth so they can act as anchors for the partial dentures, and even take the place of a bridge. 

Why Do I Need Dentures or Partial Dentures?

People lose their teeth for a variety of reasons. Tooth decay, injury, gum disease, or genetic factors can lead to tooth loss, which in turn leads to a number of oral health issues. Missing teeth result in sagging facial muscles and can make eating and speaking significantly more difficult. 

Whether you have lost all your teeth or just a few, full or partial dentures are custom made for your mouth to help remedy those issues and restore your smile. 

What Should I Expect at my Dentures or Partial Dentures Appointment?

Your denture or partial denture appointment will vary based on your tooth loss stage. Both types include preliminary consultation so your dentist can evaluate what type of denture is best for you, take measurements of your teeth and jaws, and make the models required to create your dentures. 

If you require partial dentures, your dentist may insert a crown and/or bridge to help support the metal frame and artificial teeth made for your mouth. 

If you require full dentures, there are a few types your dentist my insert depending on how long you’ve been missing teeth and/or whether you still need teeth removed:

* Immediate Dentures: If you still have teeth that need removal, your dentist will remove those teeth and then insert what is known as an immediate denture. Immediate dentures are removable artificial teeth that can be put into place the same day teeth are removed. First, you’ll have an initial, preliminary consultation where your dentist takes measurements and jaw models in order to fit your immediate dentures. At your next appointment, your dentist will remove remaining teeth and insert your immediate dentures. Once your jaw has healed from tooth removal, your dentist will assess if any changes need to be made to your immediate dentures. 

*  Conventional Dentures: Once your teeth have been removed and your gum tissue has fully healed (which can take several months), your dentist will measure your jaw, take models, and create your conventional dentures. At your next appointment, your dentist will ensure fit and comfort.

* Overdentures: In some cases, your dentist may be able to preserve some of your natural teeth, which can help preserve you jawbone. If this is the case, after an initial, preliminary consultation, your dentist will remove any teeth that must be removed, prepare any teeth that will stay by filing them down, and insert your dentures over those teeth. 

How Long Do Dentures & Partial Dentures Last?

Dentures can take some getting used to, as they will likely feel different than natural teeth, however after a few weeks you will grow accustomed to your new smile. Even with full dentures, however, it is important to practice good dental hygiene to ensure your dentures and the rest of your mouth are as healthy as possible. Work with your dentist and hygienist to develop strong brushing technique and determine the safest, most hygienic way to store your dentures when you’re not wearing them.

How Much Do Dentures & Partial Dentures Cost?

Dentures or partial dentures are investments in your oral health. Using state-of-the-art techniques and technologies, including computerized operatories, digital radiography, and flat-screen monitors, Huntley Dental Associates provides superior oral treatment in a comfortable environment.

Please contact Huntley Dental Associates to discuss insurance options and pricing details, or with any additional questions about dentures or partial dentures.