Dentures and Partials

Dentures & Partials

Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth typically made out of an acrylic resin, sometimes in combination with porcelain or metal for additional structural support.

You can lose your adult teeth for several reasons. You may have a genetic predisposition that leads to tooth loss, or you may lose teeth as you age. But no matter why you lose your teeth or how many gaps you have in your smile, you can still have a complete smile again with the help of the professional team at Grand Dental Center in Grand Rapids, MN.

If you lose all of the teeth in your upper or lower arch (or both), then you will need full dentures. However, if you only lose several teeth in a row in an arch, you’ll only need a partial dental prosthetic. The partial option keeps your remaining natural teeth from shifting and causing jaw problems. Depending on whether you need upper and lower dentures or one or the other, the professional team at Grand Dental Center will decide if resin or porcelain dentures are best for you.

Benefits of Dentures

Dentures can:

  • Help maintain and even strengthen facial muscles
  • Rid you of pronunciation problems caused by missing teeth
  • Aid with chewing ability
  • Improve the appearance of your smile

Types of Dentures

There are two main types of dentures:

Complete Dentures replace all the teeth

Partial Dentures fill in the spaces created by missing teeth and preventing other teeth from moving

Both types are finely crafted and custom-fitted specifically to your mouth.

How Dentures are Done

The denture-making process takes about one month and four appointments.

  • The initial diagnosis is made
  • An impression and a wax bite are made to determine vertical dimensions and proper jaw position
  • A “try-in” is placed to assure proper color, shape and fit
  • Your final denture is placed, following any minor adjustments

As a new denture wearer, you will need time to get accustomed to your new “teeth” because even the best fitting dentures will feel awkward at first. While most people can begin to speak normally within a few hours, many report discomfort with eating for several days to a few weeks.

Another option for people who have some or all of their teeth missing is dental implants. They are more expensive than dentures but they are permanent and feel and act just like your natural teeth.

If you’re embarrassed by missing teeth, the professionals at Grand Dental Center can give you a whole and beautiful smile again. Contact us today at 218-326-0339 to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Lisa Johnson or Dr. Leanna Marking. They will answer all of your questions about dentures or dental implants and help you make the best decision for you!