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Tempe, AZ 85284

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Dentures and Partials

When we lose teeth in adulthood, it is devastating to our confidence and has severe ramifications on our oral health. Unlike childhood, where a missing tooth is celebrated, adult tooth loss is actually traumatic for many patients. It isn’t until our teeth are gone that we realize how much we rely on them for comfortable and smooth oral function. Because tooth loss has such profound effects on daily life, our team at Beautiful Dentistry is committed to helping patients regain oral function and restore their confidence. Dentures are a popular method for addressing the loss of teeth. This is because they are often ideal for patients with gum disease, bone atrophy, and those with a limited budget. Our practice offers partial and full dentures – both of which help improve the aesthetics of a smile and one’s ability to chew food.

Full Dentures

dentures3Full dentures address total tooth loss in the upper or lower jaw. Complete dentures are ideal for patients who have failing teeth, full tooth loss, or those who will require extractions of their teeth due to disease. The materials used to construct dentures mimic the appearance of biological teeth and gums. Porcelain is used for its tooth-like appearance, while pink-tinted acrylics are used to simulate gum tissue.

These prosthetics are supported by the arch of the jaw and are removable. People who wear dentures will remove them for cleaning and overnight soaking to keep their acrylic structure moist. After receiving dentures, it will take a couple weeks to get used to their feel and texture. Once patients become accustomed to dentures, however, they will enjoy renewed confidence to eat and smile.

Partial Dentures

partial denture2Partial dentures are removable prosthetics that can replace missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. These dentures utilize metal clasps so that they are held in place. The reason clasps are used to hold these prosthetic teeth in place is that, unlike complete dentures, partials address the loss of just some teeth, not all; and therefore the arched shape of the jawbone cannot support them.

Both complete and partial dentures are custom made by technicians in dental laboratories. Each denture is designed to fit the specific shape and size of a person’s mouth. Since they are custom made, dentures can appear very lifelike.

To learn more about your tooth replacement options, call Beautiful Dentistry to schedule a consultation with Dr. Heap.

Common Questions

A partial denture replaces a small number of teeth rather than an entire arch. Partial dentures, which are often removable, are prosthetic teeth attached to a gum-colored piece of plastic. These appliances then have clasps that attach to your teeth. Some patients may need to have dental crowns placed on their remaining biological teeth for the partial to fit properly. Partial dentures can be custom-designed to blend in with your natural smile, and these appliances can benefit patients by restoring the smile’s aesthetics and function.

Your dentures can be supported by dental implants, which helps them to remain securely in place for a much longer period of time than a conventional denture. Implant-supported dentures retain their fit over time because the dental implants help to stimulate the jawbone and prevent its erosion. Conventional dentures have no such structure that eliminates jawbone atrophy, so the jawbone’s shape changes over time and the appliance doesn’t fit as well as the years pass. Therefore, implant-supported dentures are more durable.

The cost of dentures will vary from patient to patient and may be influenced by factors such as the number of extractions that must be performed and the design of the specific denture that the patient chooses. Any exams, x-rays or dental impressions that are necessary would also be included in the patient’s costs. Our staff members can discuss the expected costs of your case with you at your evaluation so that you have a better idea of what to expect.

If you have dental insurance, it may offer some coverage for your dentures. Our experienced billing staff will work to maximize any benefits that you have to minimize your out-of-pocket costs. It is likely that you will have some financial responsibility for the treatment, though, and we offer a variety of payment options for the patient’s convenience. Don’t hesitate to pursue this vital treatment for financial reasons. Talk to our staff to learn about your options.

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