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Dentures - Complete & Partials

Rendering of removable partial dentureA denture is a removable device for replacing missing teeth. At JP Dental & Implant Center, we recommend people who have multiple missing teeth to use partial dentures and people who are completely edentulous to wear a complete denture.

Complete Dentures

There are two types of complete dentures: conventional and same-day. A conventional complete denture is worn by people who are missing all their teeth. A conventional denture is made after all the teeth have been removed and your gum and bone structure have had some time to heal. This usually takes eight to 12 weeks.

A conventional denture has a personalized fit so it is very comfortable and fits easily into your mouth.

In contrast, same-day or immediate dentures are made before your teeth have been extracted. We will take the impression of your mouth and teeth prior to removing your teeth and will send the molds to a dental lab. Once the dentures are created, you will visit us again to get your teeth removed.

Immediately after extraction, we will place the same-day dentures onto your gum.

Same-day dentures are not as well-fitting as conventional dentures and should only be used as a temporary measure.

Partial Dentures

A partial denture is used when you still have a few teeth remaining in your mouth. These dentures are attached to a metal or plastic framework with clasps that hold the device in your mouth.

A partial denture is useful for closing a gap left by missing teeth and prevents the remaining teeth from shifting out of position.

What to Expect After Getting Full or Partial Dentures

It may take some time for you to get used to your new dentures:
•  New dentures will feel bulky, awkward, and loose in your mouth for the first few days until your mouth adjusts to them. You may also have to practice placing and removing the dentures from your mouth.
•  Dentures may also cause minor irritation in your mouth, like sore gums. In some cases, saliva flow can increase and in others, the patient experiences a dry mouth. These issues will resolve themselves after a few weeks.
•  Eating with your dentures will require some practice. It is better to start with soft or pureed food and then progress to harder food. You will also have to avoid eating hard, sticky and tough food as these can damage your dentures.
•  At first, you may be unable to speak properly with dentures in your mouth. You can practice your speech by speaking aloud difficult-to-pronounce words repeatedly. In time, you will be able to speak normally with your dentures.

When to Use Denture Adhesives

Denture adhesive is a type of paste that can help keep your dentures stay in place by sticking your device to the supporting tissue. A small amount of adhesive is applied to the clean base of the denture to ensure stability. However, dentures creams should never be used to force an ill-fitting denture to stay in place. Using an ill-fitting denture can cause damage to the soft tissues of your mouth.

If you are interested in getting a complete or partial denture, schedule an appointment with Dr. John P. Poovey and Dr. Wilcox by calling us at (970) 822-7622 today.


2412 Patterson Rd. #7
Grand Junction, CO 81505-1259


(970) 822-7622


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Tue - Thur: 8am - 4pm
Fri: 8am - 3pm

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