Complete & Partial Dentures in Durham, NC

A smile can make a significant impact when meeting someone new. A beautiful one can light up a room and give you the confidence to laugh and inspire others to get closer to you.

If you’re not comfortable with your smile and the way your teeth appear, your whole personality and lifestyle can be affected.

Enamel erosion, stained teeth, wear-and-tear—as we get older, some of us might feel the effects of aging on our oral health and appearance. If our teeth get stressed or weak, we may become more susceptible to tooth damage or decay; common factors that can lead to tooth loss.

Losing a tooth is never easy, but there are some great and affordable options to replace missing teeth. Removable custom complete and partial dentures are cost-effective options to improve eating and speaking with your missing teeth and give back the smile you deserve.

Our custom dentures at The Smile Shop can restore teeth that have been removed or damaged beyond repair. Our reliable dentures not only look natural, they feel comfortable, too! Drs. Kate Dolin and Adam Spriggs understand how impactful a gap in your smile can be for many areas in your life. From eating and chewing to speaking clearly, to your appearance and self-esteem. All our tooth replacement options serve to restore your quality of life and improve your oral health.

Modern dentures have come a long way from our grandparent's dentures. Traditional dentures may have looked artificial and felt uncomfortable, but custom-fitted dentures allow you to live your life without discomfort or embarrassment. You will be able to smile widely and laugh loudly with our complete and partial dentures. If you are in Durham, NC, and are ready to improve your life and your appearance, please call our wonderfully accommodating dental staff to schedule an appointment with Drs. Kate Dolin and Adam Spriggs today!

What Are Dentures?

A denture is a type of dental prosthesis that replaces missing teeth.

It is designed to be easily removed from the mouth, thus allowing convenient at-home care. The two main types of dentures are complete dentures and partial dentures. Full dentures are used if all teeth are missing. A partial denture can be made to replace only the missing teeth. There are different options and materials available, and we would love to sit down with you to discuss all your choices!

For our patients who want a more permanent option, we offer implant-supported dentures that help rescue your bone health and surrounding soft tissues.

Dentures in Durham, NC

Drs. Kate Dolin and Adam Spriggs may recommend dentures if you are missing multiple teeth. Dentures can restore lost teeth along with bite functions so that our Durham patients can bite and chew like normal. Dentures also allow our patients to speak clearly and without difficulty. Best of all, dentures restore your facial structure and contours and give you an attractive laugh. We can offer partial or complete dentures or implant-supported dentures, depending on your specific dental needs.

Your Durham dentist will be able to determine which tooth restoration option fits your unique needs.

Types of Dentures

Complete or Partial Dentures: Complete or Partial Dentures are teeth replacement options that go over your gum line to restore missing teeth. Dentures fabricated at The Smile Shop are customized precisely to the dimensions of your mouth in order to provide a comfortable and reliable seal with your gumline. While complete or partial dentures are removable, we ensure a tight fit, so they don’t shift around or fall out while speaking, eating, or laughing.

Implant-Retained Dentures: An implant-retained denture is rooted in your jaw bone through titanium posts that replace your tooth root. Because dental implants anchor to your bone and tissue, they will never shift or move.

It's exciting to have a variety of options when it comes to your appearance and comfort. Losing teeth can be a traumatic event, but you don't have to live with lost or missing teeth. You have the options available to completely turn your life around and give you the smile you've always had. 

Will My Dentures Look Like Natural Teeth?

Yes! Your dentures will look like your existing teeth.

All of the dentures we make here at The Smile Shop are custom designed to match the shape of your face and smile. Our dentists will work with you to pick out tooth shades and shapes to give you the bright smile that you desire. We want you to be a part of the design and make sure you have a smile you are proud of!

Modern dentures are miles away from the dentures our grandparents may have had. No one will ever know you are wearing dentures, and you won’t have to worry about pain or discomfort from a bad fit. Since our dentures are manufactured to fit your smile, they won’t rub against your gums or soft tissue.

What Should I Expect?

Making a denture takes multiple appointments. During the first, we evaluate your mouth and determine the best treatment options available for you. Once we have a treatment plan in place, we take impressions of your teeth, pick out shades of teeth and gums for aesthetics, try-in wax mock-ups, and evaluate your biting function.

The multiple appointments allow you to approve every aspect of your denture before we make the final product! On the delivery day, we re-verify all functionality and the appearance of the denture with you. We also go over all home care information such as cleaning and storing your new prosthesis. Before you leave our office, you will receive a starter kit with all the supplies needed to care for your new denture.

With proper care and maintenance, you should be able to enjoy your dentures for many years.

Implant-Retained Dentures

Traditional dentures rely on the anatomy of your natural mouth to provide stability. In some cases, the anatomy isn’t sufficient to allow the denture to work correctly. When this happens, an implant-retained denture can be a great option! The process for making an implant-retained denture is nearly identical to a traditional denture. The difference is that an implant denture uses implants to provide stability.

Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that are secured to your jaw bone and act as a tooth root to anchor your bone and prevent your adjacent teeth from shifting. The denture is still removable for easy cleaning, but it "snaps" onto the implants for more excellent stability. This can result in a denture that is even more stable than a traditional denture. You will never have to worry about your implant-retained dentures slipping around or even falling out.

Having dependable and reliable tooth restoration options can decrease your stress and anxiety while improving your appearance.

Make Your Denture Appointment Today

If you are missing any teeth, or you aren’t happy with an existing denture, schedule an appointment with us today. We don’t want any of our Durham patients living with less than perfect smiles! We can help change your life and your look.

We look forward to restoring your smile!