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What are Dentures?

Dentures are constructed to replace missing teeth and soft tissue structures. Dentures are removable and are made to closely resemble natural tissue. Dentures are constructed using materials that make them very durable, and you may anticipate your custom dentures lasting many years.

There are two types of dentures: complete and partial. Complete dentures are made to replace all of the teeth of one arch. By working with your dentist to select the shape, size and shade of these teeth you can create a beautiful new smile. Implants can be used to stabilize a complete denture, and these dentures are made similarly to regular dentures.

Partial dentures are used when either one or more teeth are missing and some natural teeth remain. Partial dentures help maintain proper spacing of the remaining teeth and can also prevent these teeth from shifting.

Reasons to get dentures include:

Complete and partial dentures are used to support facial tissues and enhance your smile. Complete dentures restore tooth structure when all of the teeth have been removed. Partial dentures restore tooth structure as well as help maintain any remaining structures when only some teeth have been lost.

Partial and complete denture construction requires:

•Getting dentures is usually done over multiple appointments and may take several weeks.

•At one of the early appointments diagnostic impressions are taken and used by the laboratory to create your custom dentures.

•Once the denture is returned from the laboratory several appointments are scheduled for try-in and adjustment. At these appointments doctor will check for color, shape and the most comfortable fit.

Following each visit with Dr. Harter, you’ll receive instructions on how to best care for your new custom dentures at home. Remember regular dental visits combined with good eating habits and oral hygiene help lengthen the life of your denture. Care should be taken when eating as certain foods can cause damage. It is typical to notice changes in saliva and there may be possible soreness until your tissue is used to the denture.

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