Dentures are an affordable way to replace any number of missing teeth in your mouth. They have a long history of success and continue to earn a place in the list of options for rebuilding your smile.

Dentures are removable substitutes for missing teeth. Full dentures are used when a person is missing all their natural teeth, while partial dentures replace only a few missing teeth here or there to eliminate gaps and improve chewing. Denture treatment is customized specifically to each patient, and Dr. Asad Ahsan can help you decide which option works best for you.

Full Dentures (conventional and implant-supported)

Sometimes dental conditions, such as tooth decay or gum disease, can become unmanageable. This may lead to the decision to remove your remaining teeth on one or both arches. Full dentures are an economical and efficient way to restore your function and smile.

A complete denture consists of a thin gum-colored acrylic base that rests on the gum tissue. Porcelain or acrylic replacement teeth built into the base give the appearance of natural teeth. We know that your smile is unique, and Dr. Asad Ahsan has the experience to help you select the teeth that will look the most natural. This also gives you the option to customize the way you look; whether you want a “new” smile, or want to recreate the one you had.

While dentures boast a long history of successful use, modern technology offers some options to enhance the way dentures fit and the way you look. In many cases, dentures can be secured more firmly to your jaw with the use of dental implants, placed in the jaw. In addition to having greater retention and a more natural look, implant-supported dentures tend to last longer. Dr. Asad Ahsan can discuss these options and help you understand the ways they can improve your experience with dentures.

Partial Dentures

Whether you’ve lost one tooth or many, chewing and smiling can become more difficult because of the gaps in your smile. Partial dentures are an economical solution to replace missing teeth, fill in the spaces, improve chewing ability, and restore your confidence to smile. A partial denture will also help keep your natural teeth from shifting, lowering the risk of losing those teeth in the future.

Most partial dentures contain a thin metal framework that is designed with small metal clasps that wrap around the gum line of existing teeth. This allows for a smooth, non-bulky feel. The framework is supported by your natural teeth to provide a reliable, secure appliance that is easy to use and remove. Where teeth are missing, natural-looking replacement teeth are attached, and gum-colored acrylic is used to cover the metal framework. Remember your mouth and your needs are unique, and Dr. Asad Ahsan works with skilled technicians to create a solution that is functional, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing.

With advances in technology, implants can also be used to support removable partial dentures, improving the fit while reducing the bulkiness of the appliance. Dentures inherently bring some challenges, especially to new wearers. Our goal is to minimize the everyday frustrations and keep you as comfortable as possible.

We look forward to discussing your options to make your mouth full again and to give you back a confident, glowing smile

Frequently Asked Questions

What are full dentures and partial dentures?

Full dentures replace a full set of missing teeth in either the upper or lower jaw, while partial dentures replace one or more missing teeth and are designed to blend with the remaining natural teeth.

Why might someone consider full or partial dentures?

Full or partial dentures are considered for individuals with missing teeth who want a removable and cost-effective solution for restoring their smile, improving function, and enhancing overall oral health.

How are full or partial dentures made?

Full or partial dentures are custom-made based on impressions of the patient’s mouth. The dentures are crafted to fit comfortably and securely, with color and shape considerations for a natural appearance.

How long does it take to get used to wearing dentures?

It may take some time for patients to get used to wearing dentures. Initially, there may be an adjustment period as the mouth and muscles adapt. Regular use and following the dentist’s recommendations can facilitate the adjustment process.

Can dentures be secured with dental implants?

Yes, dentures can be secured with dental implants using a technique called implant-supported dentures. Implants provide added stability, preventing denture slippage and enhancing overall comfort and functionality.

How do I care for my full or partial dentures?

Proper denture care includes daily cleaning, soaking in a denture solution, and regular dental check-ups. It’s important to handle dentures with care and avoid using abrasive cleaners that can damage the material.

Can I eat normally with full or partial dentures?

With time and practice, individuals with full or partial dentures can usually eat a variety of foods. Initially, it’s advisable to start with softer foods and gradually reintroduce a regular diet as comfort and confidence improve.

How long do full or partial dentures last?

The lifespan of full or partial dentures varies based on factors such as oral hygiene, regular dental check-ups, and daily wear. On average, dentures may need replacement or adjustment every 5 to 10 years.

Can dentures improve facial appearance?

Yes, dentures can contribute to a more youthful appearance by restoring facial support and the structure of the mouth. They fill out the cheeks and lips, reducing the appearance of sagging or sunken features.

Are there alternatives to full or partial dentures?

Yes, alternatives to dentures include dental implants, bridges, and implant-supported dentures. The most suitable option depends on individual preferences, oral health, and specific tooth replacement needs.

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