Dentures & Bridges
Having a beautiful and confident smile is important for all patients. We work very hard to create natural, comfortable dentures so all of our patients can function well and feel good when they smile. Dentures are an option many patients choose when they need an affordable, natural-looking replacement for all of their teeth. Two main types of dentures are conventional and immediate.
Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and the tissue has healed (usually about 6 months after the last tooth was removed).
Immediate dentures, on the other hand, are delivered to the patient the same day the teeth are removed. Immediate dentures often require several adjustments the first several months of use and are usually relined after the tissue has healed (6-12 months after the teeth were removed).
Dental implant overdentures (also called click-in or snap-in dentures) are a cost-effective alternative to traditional dentures that utilizes strategically placed implants for added retention. Snap-in dentures are removable by the patient for easy cleaning, but offer superior stability when compared to conventional dentures. Dental implants can eliminate the need for the palate portion of top dentures (the part that covers the roof of the mouth), thus helping to reduce gagging sensations and diminished ability to taste food. Overdentures can also make loose lower dentures more stable, keeping them from floating around in your mouth. Click-in overdentures can help to increase your confidence, comfort, and function, thereby greatly increasing your quality of life.
Removable Partial Dentures
Removable partial dentures are great when you need an affordable option to help replace several missing teeth in either the upper or lower arch. A partial has replacement teeth connected to a gum-colored plastic base that often has a cast metal framework.
Partial dentures can help keep your other teeth from shifting, allow you to speak and eat better, and help support your cheeks and lips so your face does not appear older and sunken in.
Cast metal partials slide over your existing teeth to help fill any gaps you may have. They are custom-made by expertly trained technicians, fit securely in place, and are very durable.
Flexible base partials (also called Valplast partials) use a state-of-the-art technology to create a lightweight, metal-free partial denture. Each appliance is handcrafted to help ensure a natural look and feel with increased flexibility and comfort.
Permanent Teeth-in-a-Day (All-On-4)
It can often be difficult to eat certain foods with a traditional denture. Permanent teeth-in-a-day utilizing dental implants can help make your dentures more stable so you can function better and have increased confidence. Permanent-teeth-in-a-day uses 4-6 angled implants to place an entire arch of non-removable teeth in just one day! Due to the advancements made in dental implant technology, permanent-teeth-in-a-day is more affordable than ever. And unlike many other teeth replacement options utilizing implants, with permanent teeth-in-a-day you leave that same day with fixed teeth.
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Caring For Your Dentures and Partials
Dentures and partials require daily maintenance in order to keep them clean and looking nice for years to come. If you do not properly care for your denture or partial it can harbor bacteria and become permanently stained. Be careful when cleaning your denture or partial in the sink. Setting out a folded towel or filling the sink with water prior to handling them can help prevent your dentures from breaking if you accidentally drop them.
Utilize a mild cleanser to help clean your denture or partial. Many cleaners are too abrasive and can damage your appliance. We recommend you always ask your dentist what they recommend or check for the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval when determining which products to use.
Your dentures need to be kept moist when you are not wearing them. We recommend you keep them in a cleaning solution or water to help prevent them drying out or losing their shape. Even if you have a complete set of dentures (top and bottom), it is very important that you clean your tongue and gums daily and schedule annual dental checkups to ensure that your smile stays healthy.
309 N Bittersweet Rd #105,
Mishawaka, IN 46544