Making the Big Decision in Dental Care: Are Dentures Right for Me?

Oral health problems are common and can range from the simple to the extreme. While dentists will work with individual patients to provide treatments to retain the natural teeth for as long as possible, sometimes this is not possible. If damage is too severe due to trauma or decay, tooth extraction may be recommended. When this is the case, a patient may be able to replace those teeth with false teeth known as dentures. Although conventional dentures are not the standard of care anymore, advances in technology and oral education have allowed these false sets of teeth to fit more comfortably and be more functional.

The following explains more about just what dentures are, when they may be recommended, and what you need to know before your first set.

What are Dentures?

DenturesDentures are essentially replacement teeth. These teeth are affixed to a mouth guard-like structure that is placed in the mouth. For an outside viewer just looking at the teeth, these structures look as if they are a patient’s natural set, providing an aesthetic naturalness and cosmetic enhancement wanted by patients. It is important to note, though, that not all dentures are the same.

Are There Different Types of Dentures?

Dentures can vary in their structure and application. There are two main types of dentures that a dentist might recommend: partial or complete. Partial dentures are utilized when some of the natural teeth remain in the mouth. Whenever there is at least one tooth in the mouth—be it on the upper or lower jaw—and dentures are utilized, a partial set of dentures is considered. In this application, the dentures are set as if they were a bridge piece, affixed to other teeth in the mouth. Then, the dentures or false teeth are cemented into place.

Partial-DenturesPartial dentures are ideal for those who have functional remaining teeth that do not need to be removed, but still have sections of missing teeth that need filled. They are also great for those that want fixed dentures without worrying about slippage or movement. Partial dentures, then, cannot be removed and are set in place as if they were functional teeth.

The other type of dentures are complete dentures. Complete dentures can also be divided into two options: immediate or conventional. In both of these cases, any remaining teeth must be removed before the denture is fitted. Conventional complete dentures are placed into the mouth after all gum healing has taken place. Immediate dentures, however, are provided to a patient as soon as the last tooth extractions take place.

While both have their advantages and disadvantages, immediate dentures tend to have fit issues and may need to be adjusted throughout the healing phase. This is because the gums need to settle and can actually shrink as they heal, which means dentures that may have fit well to start may become loose and slip. But, they are a good option for cosmetic purposes.

How are Dentures Made?


Dentures are made and recommended only after time spent with a dentist. There will be many preliminary discussions before Dr. Samuels or Dr. Jarmon recommends a set for your mouth. This is because tooth removal cannot be undone and all parties need to be in agreement that this is best step. Once it is decided, however, there are certain processes that need to take place for the denture procedure to go as smoothly as possible.

Close up of two dentures inside the dentist clinic

First, your dentist will take impressions of the gums and the jaw. This is vital to ensure that the dentures fit properly in the mouth and are spaced properly. From there, wax models and plastic patterns will be used and placed in the mouth to see what proper fit works for you. This can take several visits to the dental office but is necessary to ensure a proper fit. Once you and your dentist agree on the best denture fit, then, the final dentures will be created. These are the ones that will be placed in the mouth and worn by the patient for years to come.

Where Can I Find a Qualified Dentist for Dentures?

Dr. Samuels and Dr. Jarmon recognize that getting dentures is not an easy decision to make. That is why they encourage patients who are considering this type of procedure to call the Lighthouse Dental Care office to set up an appointment. Our team will walk you through the process and provide a thorough evaluation to ensure that dentures are the right choice. These assessments will be performed by our friendly and caring staff, all of whom have your best interests at heart.

For more information on dentures or to set up your next appointment, call our office at (203) 742-1027.

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