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Our teeth perform many essential functions, and without them, it may be time to look into complete dentures. 

Whether you have questions about what a full set of dentures is, or why you might consider them, here are answers to five common questions.

1.What is a Complete Denture?

This type of denture is an oral prosthetic that offers complete coverage for missing teeth. It is used when all of a person’s teeth are missing, a condition known as edentulism. The hard and soft tissue of the oral cavity supports the denture, keeping it in place.

2.Who is a Good Candidate for a Full Denture?

There are a number of factors to consider to determine whether a person is a good candidate for full dentures. They may be a good choice when the patient:

  • Has a full arch of missing teeth
  • Is medically compromised, and surgery isn’t a good option
  • Does not have the financial means for dental implants
  • Is not allergic to acrylic, which is used to create a complete denture
  • Does not have an infected socket after having a tooth extracted
  • Does not have oral infections or maladies such as abscess, bone necrosis, cysts, tumors, or ulcers
  • Does not have severely resorted dental alveolar ridges, as these cause retention to be compromised

3.How are Complete Dentures Made?

To make a denture, a framework is needed to support the denture teeth and provide structure to the prosthetic. Around this, an acrylic resin is typically used to form the base of the denture, and mimic the palate and gum structure. Finally, the denture teeth are usually formed of acrylic or porcelain. To make a denture that matches your original smile, photographs and impressions or molds are made to accurately replicate your natural teeth. Creating the denture usually takes between 4 to 5 visits to the dentist office, to allow for fitting and refining the prosthetic teeth.

4.How Soon After Tooth Extraction Can Dentures Be Made?

Once the final teeth have been extracted, it is best to wait at least 6 to 8 weeks to begin fabricating the denture. This allows plenty of time to heal and avoid infection, abscess or other health issues. Because of continued bone resorption, however, it is even better to wait six months for the sockets and jaw to fully heal after tooth extraction.

5.What are the Advantages of a Complete Denture?

For a patient who has lost a full arch of teeth, a full denture is often the only option for restoring their teeth. While dental implants are the best alternative, these are not within everyone’s financial means. A complete removable denture can allow a person to bite, chew, and talk normally. It also allows them to restore their appearance, and have the confidence to smile–an instant happiness booster.

Mark’s Dentures Can Help

At Mark’s Dentures, we can help you transition to complete dentures. Our lab is conveniently located on-site, so that when you visit our office we can provide for all your denture needs in-house. Located in Holladay, Utah, we are ready to help you get your smile back quickly and efficiently. Contact us today for a free consultation!