Missing teeth can create a host of esthetic and functional problems including sagging facial muscles, inability to eat certain foods and speak. It is our goal to maintain and restore teeth as long as it is possible to do so with reasonable measures, but this is not always the case. Dentures can be a solution when a patient is missing some or all of their teeth, and other methods of maintenance or restoration of the areas are not possible. Dentures can be made in several ways, and even be made to attach to implants with various attachment systems.
The choice of how to fabricate a denture is a collaborative process between the dentist and the patient. The type and method of making the prosthesis are based on the condition of the remaining teeth, quality of bone, medical history and healing capacity, esthetic concerns, and patient preference. The process will generally take 4-5 appointments spread over 6 weeks to allow an accurate and effective prosthesis to be built from the ground up. Following the insertion of the prosthesis, adjustments are performed based on the patient need to maximize function and comfort.