Dentures

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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