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Dentures and partials are similar in that they replace teeth that had passed the point of no return Because of modern dental technology we have the tools to create a beautiful new partial or set of dentures that look and feel like regular teeth.

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Dentures

A denture is an appliance, made to closely resemble your own teeth. Complete and partial dentures replace missing teeth (and tissue) to prevent shifting and improve chewing, speech and digestion.  They may even enhance your smile!

Below are a few reasons someone may need to get dentures or partial dentures:

  • Physical injury can cause the need for dentures.
  • Extensive tooth decay.
  • Gum disease left untreated.
  • Multiple missing teeth.
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Getting Used to Your New Dentures or Partial

You may choose to have “immediate” dentures which are made in advance to replace teeth during the healing process directly after tooth loss. You may otherwise choose “conventional” dentures, which leave the mouth empty of teeth during the 4-6 week healing process.

Whether you choose immediate or conventional, whether all of the teeth are missing (complete) or some natural teeth remain (partial), you will attend several appointments over a 3-5 week period of time. Accurate measurements and impressions will be taken of your mouth. These will be used in order to create your custom dentures, as well as to ensure and adjust for proper shape, color and fit.

There will be an adjustment period as your muscles and tissues get used to the new appliance. You can expect difficulty speaking or chewing, muscle soreness and increased salivation in the first few days or weeks of using your dentures. Your dentist will make slight adjustments until they feel natural and comfortable, and will give you care instructions for your new dentures.

Dentures are very durable appliances and will last you many years with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. However, even with proper care they may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.

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