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Dentures

Full/Partial Dentures

Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures take some getting used to, today's dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than they used to be. With full dentures, a flesh-colored acrylic base fits over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the roof of your mouth, while that of the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to fit your tongue.

There are two types of dentures: full and partial. Your dentist will help you choose the type of denture that's best for you. Full dentures are more suitable it if all of your teeth need to be replaced, whereas partial dentures may be best if only a few of your teech need to be replaced.

Types of Dentures

Conventional Full Denture
A conventional full denture is placed in your mouth after any remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed. Healing may take several months, during which time you are without teeth.

Partial Denture
A partial denture rests on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth and serve as anchors for the denture.

New dentures may feel awkward or uncomfortable for the first few weeks or even months. Eating and speaking with dentures might take a little practice. A bulky or loose feeling is not uncommon, while the muscles of your cheeks and tongue learn to hold your dentures in place. Excessive saliva flow, a feeling that the tongue does not have adequate room, and minor irritation or soreness are also not unusual. If you experience irritation, see your dentist.

How Long do Dentures Last?

Over a period of time, your denture may need to be relined, remade, or rebased due to normal wear. Rebasing means making a new base while keeping the existing denture teeth. Also, as you age, your mouth naturally changes. These changes cause your dentures to loosen, making chewing difficult and irritating your gums. At a minimum, you should see your dentist annually for a checkup.

How Are Dentures Made?

Dentures are custom-made from impressions taken of your mouth and teeth. A series of impressions of your jaw are made and measurements are taken your upper and lower jaw and how much space is between them. Then models, wax forms, and/or plastic patterns are made in the exact shape and position of the denture. You will try on the model several times and the denture will be assessed for color, shape, and fit before the final denture is cast. After the final cast is made, adjustments are be made as necessary.

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Veneers

Veneers

A veneer improves the appearance of a tooth by covering the visible front surface with a custom-made, tooth-colored porcelain overlay.

Our dentist can complete a porcelain veneer treatment in just one office visit. With proper care and good oral hygiene, a veneer has a lifespan of 5-10 years.

After a thorough exam of your teeth, gums and supporting bone structure, your dentist will discuss treatment options with you and answer your questions.

A veneer is often prescribed for a tooth that is:

The Process: