A denture or a complete denture as it is often called, is an appliance that is inserted in the mouth, replaces natural teeth and provides support for the cheeks and lips.

Most dentures are made of acrylic and can be fabricated two different ways.

  • A conventional denture is made after all teeth have been extracted and the tissues (gums) have healed.
  • An immediate denture is fabricated and inserted immediately after the teeth are extracted and the tissues are allowed to heal under the denture.
  • An upper denture has acrylic, usually flesh colored, that covers the palate (roof of the mouth).
  • A lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to leave room for the tongue.

The teeth are made of plastic, porcelain or a combination thereof. Dentures can be fabricated to fit over endodontically treated teeth and a complete denture can be attached to dental implants to allow for a more secure fit of the appliance.

Dentures over a normal course of time will wear and need to be replaced or relined in order to keep the jaw alignment normal. The alignment will slowly change as the bone and gum ridges recede or shrink due to the extraction of the teeth. Regular dental examinations are still important for the denture wearer so that the oral tissues can be checked for disease or change.

We are proud to offer Pala Digital Dentures by Heraeus Kulzer as well as dentures hand-crafted with time-tested techniques.
Pala Digital Dentures takes the time and fuss out of getting your new denture. Now instead of 5 or 6 separate appointments and countless additional trips to the dentist for adjustments, you can get your new Pala Digital Dentures in as little as 3 appointments. Check out the chart below and then ask your dentist for an Pala Digital Denture!

Pala Digital Dentures Old Denture
A PDD in 3 appointments Yes No
Computer designed for a precision fit and occlusion Yes No
Computer modeled for use with Mondial teeth for a natural look and feel Yes No
Bacteria resistant to help eliminate sore spots and “denture breath” Yes No
Permanent digital record for duplication in case of loss or damage Yes No

The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over several weeks.  Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture.  Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit.  At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.
It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty, however this will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.

You will be given care instructions for your new dentures.  Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.

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Testimonial: A New Smile from the Heart -- thanks to Dr. Chao's Dental Magic! As the daughter of one of Dr. Chao's patients, I am here to share my mother's story - a testament to Dr. Chao's expertise, compassion, and ability to transform lives. My mom, Lisa, had been struggling with ill-fitting partial denture for a long time. Despite the numerous adjustments made by her previous dentist, none could meet her dream of a partial that not only fits but would also allow her to eat nuts. It turned out, her journey to perfect partial denture would end with Dr. Chao. From the onset, Dr. Chao's approach was different. She seems to have a unique skill in denture making, ensuring the fit was perfect for my mom. The first follow-up at two weeks saw an adjustment to the right side of the partial denture that was causing some discomfort when eating. The relief was immediate, showcasing Dr. Chao's mastery. At the one-month mark, my mom reported that while eating didn't hurt, there was a bit of discomfort due to the partial touching the gum on the left side. Dr. Chao promptly addressed this, and to my mom's delight, she was able to eat nuts without any issue - a feat that once seemed impossible. During the denture making process, Dr. Chao's keen eye noticed a problem that had been overlooked. During the second visit, she discovered that one of my mother's teeth was infected. Even though my mom did not feel any pain when eating, the X-ray confirmed this. Dr. Zhao immediately sent the X-ray to my mom's existing dentist for a root canal. Upon learning that Dr. Chao also offered crown services, my mom requested her to handle the crown placement. She placed a temporary crown first, and my mom's trust in her skills was well-founded. In addition, Dr. Chao also addressed other existing issues that were causing my mom physical and emotional discomfort. My mom had a front tooth that sticks out, causing her embarrassment. She also had a tooth that had a rough edge and a gap that caused food to get stuck. My mom had raised these two issues with previous dentist or denture maker, and was told those can't be fixed. Not so for the amazing Dr. Chao! She noticed and fixed those problems on her own without making a fuss. My mom cannot believed when she looked into the mirror the nicely fitted front tooth alignment, it really made her day! Now, my mom can also floss comfortably, as Dr. Chao smoothed the rough edge and narrowed the gap. In conclusion, Dr. Chao has done more than just fit my mom with a well-fitted partial: she has demonstrated an exemplary level of care, skill, and commitment to her patients. We used to dread taking my mom to the dentist, as often she comes home frustrated after a dental visit, hurting with pain and being told her issues cannot be fixed. Dr. Chao changed all that: she has not only realized my mom's dream of a perfect partial but also significantly improved her overall dental health. On behalf of my mom, Lisa, we want to express our heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Chao. She has given my mom a reason to smile again, and for that, we are eternally grateful.

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