Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth that improve oral function and your appearance. They are made to closely resemble natural teeth. 

The main types of dentures available include:

  • Complete/full dentures

Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing. They fit snugly over the gums to replace all of your teeth. 

Conventional dentures are made after any remaining teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, which can take several months. Immediate dentures are made in advance, before your teeth are lost, and can be worn immediately after your natural teeth are removed. Since your mouth will change shape as your teeth are lost, immediate dentures may need to be relined or remade after your jaw has healed.

  • Partial dentures

Partial dentures are a common option for replacing multiple missing teeth. Partial dentures also restore your ability to chew and speak properly.

Partial dentures are made of an acrylic base and artificial teeth. The teeth may be fabricated from plastic, composite resin, or porcelain. The artificial teeth are attached to an acrylic base that matches the color of your gums.

Partial dentures are secured to your teeth using a metal framework and clasps. The metal framework is shaped to match your natural teeth and is fitted between existing teeth. The partial denture is designed to look just like natural teeth.

  • Overdentures

Overdentures are a type of implant-retained dentures. They are removable and snap onto dental implants. An overdenture is used when the patient is missing all of their teeth. 

  • Implant-supported dentures

Implant-supported dentures are dentures that are securely anchored using dental implants. The implant posts act as tooth roots and are designed to hold your dentures in place. Just four dental implants can hold a complete denture in place.

How Are Dentures Made?

Dentures are custom-made using impressions of your gums. They are made from high-quality, durable materials that can withstand the rigors of chewing.

The dentist will take an impression of your teeth and send it to a dental laboratory. There, your dentures will be carefully manufactured. Then, the dentist will check for fit and comfort.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Stevenson or Dr. Cyr, book online or call All Smiles Family Dentistry at (319) 553-3085.


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