Dentures and Partials

 Dr. Barker can restore the function of your teeth with full or partial dentures. 

Dentures are an option to replace your natural teeth and restore your smile.  If you have lost your natural teeth due to periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will bring back ease to everyday tasks such as eating and speaking.  Dentures give you the ability to properly chew food and smile with pride, once again.  

And not only will dentures improve your function and smile, they will properly fill out your facial profile. Your teeth support your facial muscles like a frame for a tent. When your natural teeth are missing, the facial muscles sag, giving you a drawn, aged appearance.  Replacing your missing teeth will provide a healthy-looking, full face and smile.

Types of Dentures

  • Immediate - Impressions, models, and measurements will be taken before your natural teeth are removed. Then this removable denture is inserted on the same day that your natural teeth are extracted - so you will never be without teeth.  Changes in your mouth’s landscape can occur during healing. Once you’re fully healed, the denture will be relined or remade for a perfect fit.
  • Conventional - This is a full removable denture that’s placed after your remaining teeth have been removed and your mouth has completely healed - the healing process may take several months.  
  • Partial - If you’re missing just a few teeth, a removable partial denture can be made to replace just those teeth. 

    If you already wear a denture, but are unsatisfied, a new denture can be made over the course of a few visits.
     
  • Implant-Retained or Supported Denture - Implants can improve the function and stability of your denture.  With the use of a few implants, we can create a denture that snaps into place, providing excellent dependability and support. Implants can be used with both complete and partial dentures. 

Denture Hygiene 

  • Dentures should be brushed daily to remove food and plaque.
  • Rinse your dentures before brushing to remove any excess debris.
  • Use a soft bristle toothbrush and a non-abrasive cleanser to avoid scratching your dentures.  
  • Keep your mouth clean.  Remove any debris from your gums, cheeks and tongue to decrease irritation and inflammation. 
  • When not wearing your dentures, put them in water.