Full & Partial Dentures
Dentures are prosthetics that replace missing teeth. Schedule an appointment at our office, and Dr. Strandburg will discuss the ways dentures could improve your smile and confidence.
At Mark A. Strandburg, DMD, we are committed to ensuring your dentures fit perfectly. During a span of four appointments, we make an impression of your mouth, along with several measurements. After your dentures are custom-made at a dental laboratory, we make sure the teeth are in the correct position and that they fit in your mouth well. During this appointment, we get your approval before the denture is sent back to the lab for final processing. We then make adjustments in our office to get the most comfortable fit.
If your dentures become ill-fitting or damaged, bring them into our office for a dental reline or repair.
- Conventional full dentures are ideal for those who are missing all of their teeth in either their upper or lower arch. Our full dentures consist of white prosthetic teeth supported by a gum-colored base made of plastic resin, which resemble your natural teeth and gums. Conventional dentures sit on your gums and are removable. We also provide implant-supported dentures that are anchored to your jaw by dental implants.
- Immediate full dentures are a temporary means of providing teeth immediately after all of the teeth are removed. These dentures typically do not fit as well as permanent dentures due to the natural shrinkage of your gums after teeth have been extracted. However, these dentures do provide the patient teeth during this healing phase.
- Implant-Supported Overdentures increase the stability of the denture by anchoring them to two or more dental implants. This option is ideal for those who have limitations that create difficulties in wearing conventional dentures. These dentures improve everyday functions such as chewing, laughing, and speaking.
Partial dentures are for patients who are missing one or more teeth, but not all of their teeth, in either the upper or lower arch. We provide four types of partial dentures:
- Transitional Partial Dentures (aka “flippers”) are relatively inexpensive, removable partials that are primarily used after a tooth extraction while you wait for your mouth to heal and for a more permanent option such as a dental implant.
- Removable Partial Dentures use a metal framework usually made of cast vitallium to make them much lighter and less obstructive than dentures made of acrylic. The gum-colored resin and natural-looking teeth are attached to the framework to resemble your teeth. This option is less expensive than fixed bridgework or dental implants.
- Flexible all-acrylic partials are lighter and more aesthetic than metal framework partials, however they are not as durable and can be more difficult to adjust if they become loose over time.
- Implant-supported partial dentures use dental implants to anchor the partials to your jaw and help eliminate the need for clasps that sometimes become visible.
What Are My Options for Replacing Missing Teeth?
If you are missing teeth, partial or full dentures aren’t your only option. Our office offers bridges that fill in the gap between one or more missing teeth. We also offer dental implants, which are titanium posts surgically implanted in your jaw. The implants are capped with a crown resembling your natural teeth, giving you a natural, permanent smile.