What is a Denture? Denture FAQ

A denture is made up of a removable appliance to replace your missing teeth and surrounding tissues.  It resembles your natural teeth and helps to restore your smile. It provides many health benefits because when you lose your teeth, you lose your ability to chew and speak, and you will look older because your facial muscles will start to sag.

Two types of dentures

There are two types of dentures: complete dentures and partial dentures.  Complete dentures are applied when all the teeth are missing and partial dentures are applied when there are natural teeth remaining.

Complete dentures are either immediate or conventional. Immediate dentures are made for use immediately after the teeth removal and gum tissue has begun to heal.   Conventional dentures are ready to be installed in the mouth after eight to 12 weeks after the teeth removal. Immediate denture can be made in advance and can be installed immediately after the teeth removal, unlike the conventional denture. The wearer of immediate denture doesn’t have to worry to be without teeth during the healing process. A disadvantage of immediate dentures is that it usually requires more adjustments compared to conventional dentures because bones and gums shrink over time especially during the healing process after teeth removal. Immediate dentures are generally considered as a temporary solution until conventional dentures are made.

Partial dentures are implemented when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. Partial dentures are either removable or fixed. Removable partial dentures are consist of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, and sometimes a metal base is used for reinforcement.  Fixed partial dentures (also called bridges) replace one or more teeth by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the space and attached artificial teeth to them. Partial dentures not only fill in space but also prevent other teeth from changing position.


  • Are there alternative to dentures?

Yes, dental implant can be used, and can also be used in conjunction with dentures.  Implants can add additional cost, but really help with retention of dentures.  Dental implants have slowly become an alternative to denture, but not everyone is suitable for it. Consult a dentist like Dr. Morrow for advice.

  • Does the insurance cover the cost of dentures?

Most dental insurance providers cover some or all of the cost of dentures, but check with your provider first. With Tabor Smile Dental Savings Plan, you get 15% off denture treatments.

  • How are dentures made?

Making dentures usually take a few weeks and several appointments. Once your dentist or prosthodontist determines what type of dentures are for you, the general steps are:

Take various measurements of your jar on how it related to one another and how much space in between them.

Create model in exact shape and position based on the measurement. You will try on these model several time and the model will be evaluate based on color, shape, and fit.

Cast a final denture

Adjustments will be made if needed

  • What do new dentures feel like?

It might feel unusual to have new dentures on and it might feel loose for a few weeks until the muscles of the cheeks and tongue learn to keep them in place.

  • Will eating with new denture be difficult?

It will take some time for you to get used to eating with new denture. Avoid eating hard and sticky food. Avoid chewing gum when you are wearing dentures.

Contact Mt. Tabor Dental today to restore your beautiful smile.


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