Dentures are a widely used solution for replacing missing teeth, aimed at restoring both functionality and aesthetics. These prosthetic devices are custom-made to fit your mouth and can significantly enhance your quality of life if you have lost some or all of your teeth.

Types of Dentures

Dentures come in several forms, catering to different needs and preferences:

  • Complete Dentures: Designed for individuals who have lost all of their teeth in one or both jaws. These rest on the gums and can be conventional (made after teeth removal and healing) or immediate (made in advance and placed right after teeth removal).
  • Partial Dentures: Suitable for those who still have some of their natural teeth. These dentures fill in the spaces created by missing teeth and are usually attached to natural teeth with metal clasps or precision attachments.
  • Implant-Supported Dentures: A more stable option that involves anchoring the denture to dental implants surgically placed in the jawbone. This type is known for providing superior comfort and stability.

The Denture Process

The process of getting dentures typically involves several steps:

  • Consultation and Planning: Our dentists will evaluate your oral health and discuss the most suitable type of denture for your needs.
  • Tooth Extraction: If necessary, unhealthy or remaining teeth are removed.
  • Impressions and Measurements: Accurate molds of the mouth are taken to ensure the dentures fit perfectly.
  • Trial Fittings: Before the final denture is made, a mock-up is often fitted to check for any adjustments in fit or appearance.
  • Final Fitting and Adjustments: The completed dentures are placed, and any necessary adjustments for comfort and function are made.

Benefits of Dentures

Dentures offer numerous advantages, including:

  • Improved Aesthetics: They restore the appearance of a full set of teeth, enhancing smiles and facial structure.
  • Enhanced Functionality: Eating and speaking abilities are greatly improved with the replacement of missing teeth.
  • Support Facial Muscles: They help in supporting facial muscles, preventing sagging and giving a more youthful appearance.
  • Cost-Effective: Compared to other dental restoration methods, such as implants, dentures are relatively more affordable and are a cost-effective solution for tooth replacement.

Make Your Appointment

Contact JP Dental & Implant Center today to set up an appointment with Dr. Brandon Wilcox or Dr. John P. Poovey and learn more about dentures in Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs, Colorado.