Complete & Partial Dentures in Durham, NC
Losing a tooth is never easy, but there are some great and affordable options to replace missing teeth. Removable complete and partial dentures are cost-effective options to improve eating and speaking with your missing teeth and give back the smile you deserve.
What is a Denture?
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. Complete 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!
Will My Denture Look Like Natural 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!
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, pick out shades of teeth and gums for esthetics, try-in wax mock-ups, and evaluate 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 esthetics 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.
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. The denture is still removable for easy cleaning, but it "snaps" onto the implants for greater stability. This can result in a denture that is even more stable than a traditional denture.
If you are missing any teeth, or you aren’t happy with an existing denture, schedule an appointment with us today. We look forward to restoring your smile!