A reliable solution for replacing your teeth.
What is a denture?
For centuries people have been trying to find ways to comfortably, functionally, and aesthetically replace teeth. Missing teeth is a common problem and dentures can be a reliable and attractive solution. Dentures are artificial teeth that are set on an acrylic base designed to rest over the gums and jawbone and are held in the mouth primarily by suction. Complete dentures are used when all of your teeth are missing (we call this edentulous); a partial denture is used when you have natural teeth remaining.
Can dentures look good?
Yes. Many dentures look just as good as natural teeth. However, when teeth are removed the muscles of the face begin to sag and cause more wrinkles. One of the benefits of dentures is that they can support the face to minimize sagging. Dr. Crabtree has received advanced training in cosmetic restorative procedures, and as such he applies many of the principles used in cosmetic dentistry to create dentures with an eye towards aesthetic beauty. Additionally, we have used the same laboratory to fabricate our dentures for over 30 years. This local laboratory focuses their product line exclusively on dentures. Therefore, we are confident in the quality they deliver.
Yes. Partial dentures are constructed to replace several teeth missing in an arch and utilize the remaining teeth for stability to hold the denture in place. Full “conventional” dentures are constructed to replace all teeth in an arch and rely on the suction of the denture over the gum to hold it in place. Full “immediate” dentures are constructed to be placed over the gum the same day teeth are extracted. Overdentures, or implant-supported dentures, use implants as anchors to hold the different types of dentures in place as a denture will be more stable when snapped on to implants. Increased stability can increase your comfort and confidence in wearing the denture.
Are there alternatives to dentures?
A denture is an “old school” solution that continues to solve current problems. However, there may be better options. In certain situations, dental implants and fixed dental bridges, can be excellent alternatives. A combination of implants and dentures can also be an excellent solution to restoring missing teeth.
What will they feel like?
Your denture will feel, fit, and function differently from your natural teeth, but comfort and adaptation to your new dentures will typically occur within 30 days. Your speech may initially sound different or be difficult at first, but it should return to normal in a week or two. You can accelerate that process by reading and speaking aloud often. You may experience some minor irritation and soreness, but adjustments can be made during this time so that your dentures fit comfortably and properly.
What if I have “bad teeth” and I’ve never had a denture before?
You would be a candidate for an “immediate” denture. After examination and panoramic x-ray the dentist will set up a treatment plan and carefully manage your case. A temporary denture is constructed prior to extraction of your remaining teeth. The day your teeth are removed the immediate denture is fitted to the mouth. This ensures that you will not be without teeth during your healing period of 2-3 months. The bone will shrink during this time and causing the temporary denture to fit loosely. Once the bone and soft tissues have healed, a permanent denture will be fabricated using an impression of your mouth with the healed bone. This allows a better fitting denture because the suction will be greater. A denture made after this method will last for many years without being relined.