Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth that are made to look like your natural teeth as much as possible. They help you eat and talk naturally and keep your facial muscles from sagging if we need to remove all or most of your natural teeth. If you have a history of dental problems, they may even look better than your natural teeth, resulting in an improved smile. We use complete dentures for patients who lost all of their teeth, typically as a result of gum disease, tooth decay, or injury, and partial dentures when some natural teeth remain.
With full dentures, we attach artificial teeth, that look as similar to your natural teeth as possible, to an acrylic base that is the same color as your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the roof of your mouth, while the base of the bottom denture is horseshoe-shaped to make room for your tongue. These dentures are custom made in a laboratory using computer images taken of your mouth and teeth before your natural teeth are removed.
When you need full dentures, right after we remove your teeth, we will give you an immediate full denture so you don’t have to go without teeth while your mouth heals. Because your gums and jawbone will reshape as they heal, we will need to adjust the dentures a few times over the several months it takes for your mouth to heal so they keep their fit and you can continue to eat and talk normally. Once your mouth heals, we will fit you for permanent, conventional dentures.
With a partial denture, we attach artificial teeth to a metal frame that fits over your natural teeth. The partial is a removable alternative to a bridge or permanently installed restoration that may work better for you. Dr. Murphy will help you understand the best options for restoring your teeth and your smile.