Dentures & Partial Dentures

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Whether all or some of your teeth are missing, dentures replenish the look and function of your smile. Dr. Craig Downer may recommend these dental appliances as a conservative and versatile replacement for absent teeth. These removable prosthetics bolster overall facial structure and provide the appearance of a full set of teeth.

What are the Benefits of Dentures?

Patients with missing teeth enjoy the many benefits provided by full and partial dentures. Occupying the empty spaces in your smile, dentures mimic natural teeth and gum tissue using life-like materials. Dentures are a cost-effective approach to teeth replacement and getting dentures does not require invasive or complex procedures.

Partial Dentures

When several teeth are absent from an otherwise complete smile, Dr. Craig Downer may suggest partial dentures. These prosthetics keep remaining natural teeth from shifting into vacant spaces, preserving dental balance. Partial dentures can be fabricated with varying components and materials to securely attach to your smile and look as natural as possible.

Complete Dentures

There are two types of dentures that replace an entire arch of teeth: conventional and immediate. Prior to receiving either, remaining teeth and the health of soft tissue are evaluated to ensure a give a secure fit.

Conventional full dentures are created and placed after the patient’s gum tissue has adequately recovered from pre-treatment, which includes extraction of failing teeth. By contrast, immediate dentures are fabricated in advance so they can be placed at the preparation appointment. With this approach, patients enjoy a full smile during the healing process, but should follow-up with Dr. Downer once gums have healed, as dentures may require adjustment.       


More About Dentures

A denture is a removable dental appliance and a replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue.  They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.

There are two types of dentures - complete and partial dentures.  Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.  A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.

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.

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:

  • Complete Denture - Loss of all teeth in an arch.
  • Partial Denture - Loss of several teeth in an arch.
  • 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.


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