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Dentures

Why Get Dentures?

Replacing teeth can improve oral aesthetics as well as oral health. A full set of teeth allows for proper bite alignment. It also prevents the rest of the teeth from shifting to fill the empty space.

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Difference Between Complete, Partial, and Implant Supported Dentures

Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing. A complete denture will be supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissue.  Partial dentures, however are used when some natural teeth remain. These remaining teeth are used to help hold in the appliance by using clasps. 


An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture that is supported by and attached to implants. Used when there is enough bone in the jaw to support implants. Number of implants will vary from case to case.


How to Care for Dentures

  • Remove and rinse dentures after eating. Run water over your dentures to remove food debris and other loose particles.
  • Clean your mouth after removing your dentures. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush on natural teeth and tongue, cheeks and roof of your mouth (palate). If used, remove any remaining denture adhesive from your gums.
  • Brush your dentures daily. Remove and gently clean your dentures daily ( no tooth paste). Soak and brush them with a soft-bristled brush and nonabrasive denture cleanser to remove food, plaque and other deposits. If you use denture adhesive, clean any remaining adhesive. Don't use denture cleansers inside your mouth.
  • Soak dentures overnight. Place the dentures in water or a mild denture-soaking solution overnight.  Make sure denture solution is appropriate for type of denture ( partial vs complete denture)
  • Rinse dentures thoroughly before putting them back in your mouth, especially if using a denture-soaking solution. These solutions may contain harmful chemicals.
  • Schedule regular dental checkups. Your dentist will recommend how often to visit to have your dentures examined and professionally cleaned. Your dentist can help ensure a proper fit to prevent slippage and discomfort, and also check the inside of your mouth to make sure it's healthy.
  • See your dentist if you have a loose fit. See your dentist promptly if your dentures become loose. Loose dentures can cause irritation, sores and infection.

The Process of Getting Dentures

Having a denture made is a process of multiple stages and appointments to ensure a good end result.


Step 1

The dentist will take an impression of your gums. If you need extractions before creating your denture, your dentist will wait until your gums have healed before taking the impressions. Often with this impression, the dental laboratory will fabricate a custom fitted tray. This is an additional appointment. With this custom tray an additional impression will be taken to capture more of the necessary details of the gums and arch.

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Dentist working on dentures

Step 2

The dental lab will fabricate and acrylic mockup of you denture. This is the first step of trying in the denture. The acrylic denture has wax rims are placed on it. This is so we can establish a proper bite and orientation (occlusion) of the teeth. At this visit patients can then discuss the size, shape of the denture teeth as well as select the shade. Your dentist will help you to make this selection, but we also recommend having someone who knows you very well help make the selection. Your dentist will send the acrylic denture with adjusted wax rims, as well as the selection for shape, size and shade to a dental lab.


Step 3

This is a critical step in the denture process. The dental lab will send a mockup of your denture, which includes a set of pre-made plastic teeth, set in wax, to make sure you are happy with the general color, look, fit and feel of the denture. If any changes are needed, additional try-in appointments may be necessary. Once the denture is made to your satisfaction, the try-in denture will be sent back to the lab to create the final denture. We will always help to make sure you are pleased with your denture, and that it looks and feels as natural as possible. However, this is an important and final decision, and we strongly support bringing a spouse or friend who knows you well, and who will give you honest feedback about how the denture looks so you can make your selection with the greatest amount of confidence.

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Patient trying on dentures

Step 4

This is the fitting of your final denture. The lab has now processed the premade teeth into a hard, tissue colored acrylic base. If necessary, your dentist will make adjustments to the fit and the bite, and you may need to return to the office if you experience any sore spots or issue within the next few weeks to have the denture adjusted. This is completely normal/