Denver Dental & Implants offers our patients a variety of effective denture options. For patients who have lost all or most of their teeth, full dentures recreate the look and function of a complete set of natural teeth. We also offer implant-supported overdentures, as well as overdentures that are held in place by natural teeth. For patients who are missing a few teeth, we have partial dentures, removable artificial teeth held in place with metal clasps or your natural teeth.
Many people who are missing all or most of their teeth opt for full dentures. Full dentures are plastic or porcelain prosthetic teeth adhered to a plastic or metal base that look and function like your natural teeth. There are two types of dentures, both of which can be removed for cleaning or at night. Conventional dentures are placed in the mouth after the gums have healed. Immediate dentures are placed in your mouth as soon as the teeth are removed, before your gums have healed. Dentures keep your jaw from falling into disuse and fill out and help to maintain the natural structures of your face.
The procedure for fitting full dentures often takes about a month, depending on which type of dentures you will receive. Conventional dentures take longer to place, as the gums must heal before the mouth can be measured. Though immediate dentures are placed in the mouth soon after pulling the remaining teeth, they must be refitted once the gums have healed. Once our dentists have made the diagnosis for dentures, a bite impression of your mouth will be taken to ensure a proper fit. As soon as the color and shape of your dentures has been decided upon, the specifications are sent to a lab where they are created. When ready, our dentists fit your dentures to your mouth and give you instructions for care.
For those who have lost most or all of their lower teeth, we offer implant-supported dentures, or overdentures. Overdentures are locked onto implants and secured into the jaw in a way that is similar to natural teeth. There are two types of overdentures: bar joint and telescopic. Bar joints are screwed into implants and provide support to the dentures. These dentures are not removable and become a permanent part of your mouth. For mouths affected by an oral health condition, telescopic overdentures are often used. With this type of overdenture, our dentists perform root canal therapy to remove the decayed pulp from the existing teeth. Inner and outer metal crowns are then fitted to the teeth to hold the prosthetic teeth in place.
Regardless of the type, overdentures provide the same aesthetic benefits as traditional dentures while preventing bone loss, ensuring suitable jaw alignment, and reducing the risk of gum disease.
Partial dentures fill the gaps caused by only a few missing teeth. Held in place by your natural teeth or metal clasps, partial dentures prevent the surrounding healthy teeth from shifting out of position, a problem that can lead to tissue damage and tooth decay and hinder your chewing ability. Though partial dentures should be removed for cleaning, they are often left in overnight to ensure continued proper fit.
The fitting procedure for partial dentures is similar to that for full dentures. Our dentists take a bite impression of your mouth and note the shade of your teeth and gums. Once the lab finishes creating your partial denture, you will visit us again to have it fitted to your mouth.
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