What Are Dentures?

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Losing your natural teeth can be distressing, but getting dentures at Novudentics provides patients with an effective and affordable tooth replacement option. Dentures are custom prosthetic devices that replace missing teeth and surrounding gum tissue to restore your smile, chewing ability, and confidence. This comprehensive guide will explain everything you need to know about full and partial dentures, including reasons for getting them, their benefits, the process of getting fitted, and how to care for your new dentures. With some background knowledge and preparation, getting dentures can be a smooth process leading to a beautiful, functional smile. Read on to learn what dentures are, why they are used, and how they can improve your oral health and quality of life when natural teeth are missing.

Dentures and Partial Dentures

Dentures are custom-made removable appliances that replace missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to fit snugly over the gums and jaw to provide support for facial muscles and structure. Dentures can be full or partial.

Full Dentures

Full dentures are used when all teeth are missing, while partial dentures fill in spaces left by missing teeth and prevent remaining teeth from shifting position.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are custom-made removable appliances that replace one or more missing teeth and prevent remaining natural teeth from shifting position. Unlike full dentures that replace all teeth, partial dentures fill in gaps left by missing teeth and attach to nearby natural teeth with clasps or devices.

Temporary Dentures vs. Permanent Dentures

Temporary dentures are meant for short-term use. They may be made out of cheaper materials and used for the initial healing period after teeth are extracted. Permanent dentures are custom-made out of durable materials designed to last many years with proper care.

They are made after gums are healed and provide a long-term tooth replacement solution. Temporary dentures help transition patients while permanent dentures are created.

Reasons for Getting Dentures

There are several reasons people get dentures. Tooth loss due to periodontal disease, tooth decay, trauma, or other reasons is a common reason for needing dentures. People may also need dentures if they have a fully or partially edentulous (toothless) jaw that affects their chewing ability and facial appearance.

Other reasons are to improve pronunciation and chewing capacity or to simply restore one’s smile and confidence that may have been lost along with their teeth.

The Benefits of Dentures

Dentures offer many benefits for those missing some or all of their natural teeth. They can improve the ability to chew and enjoy a varied diet. Dentures prevent remaining teeth from shifting out of position. They also restore facial structure and support for facial muscles.

With dentures, people can have clear speech and improved pronunciation. Additionally, dentures allow people to restore an attractive smile and appearance.

The Process of Getting Dentures

The process of getting dentures involves several steps. First, there is an initial consultation with a denturist or dentist. Next, impressions and measurements of the jaw are taken. After that, the shape, color, and fit of the dentures are selected. Then, there is the initial placement and fittings with adjustments made as needed. Finally, ongoing care and maintenance of the dentures are required.

Proper care and cleaning can help dentures last 5-7 years or longer before needing replacement. With good oral hygiene and dental checkups, dentures can greatly improve one’s quality of life.

Dentures in Palm Beach, Florida

If you’re in the Palm Beach, Florida region and are looking to get yourself fit for dentures, please contact Novudentics at 561-567-7880. We have loads of experience when it comes to making sure you get the right set of dentures for your mouth. Not all dentures are created equally, and we customize all of our work. This is one of several reasons why we remain a premier prosthodontics location in South Florida. As you may know, several different dental practices claim to offer dentures in the Palm Beach area, but few go to the level we do to make sure you get the perfect set.

Custom Denture Applications – 3D Technology

Novudentics utilizes digital denture technology to help produce a great fitting, best looking, and longest lasting denture you can find. This process is a three step procedure:

  1. Design and fabrication of try-ins
  2. Esthetic try-in and clinical records
  3. Denture delivery

Using digital technology and 3D printing can simplify the process of designing and making dentures. It can reduce the number of visits to the dentist needed and the time it takes to make the dentures. It can also improve how patients feel about the process and the end result.

Digital denture workflows can lower the needed appointments, improving efficiency for the dentist and profitability of the practice.

The steps described can also be used for full-arch implant prosthetics. This involves scanning the remaining teeth or the denture that will be replaced before placing implants. A provisional denture can then be 3D printed before the implant appointment. If immediate loading of the implants is not possible, this printed denture can be used temporarily. If immediate loading is recommended, the printed denture can be converted to a temporary hybrid denture chairside. This lets the patient test the look and bite and have a less bulky denture with better stability and function during healing.

When final prosthetics are started, changes can be made to the virtual design if the patient requests. The final dentures can then be completed with more chance of patient satisfaction and long-term success.

Before and After Pictures of Dentures

Check out our prosthodontist before and after section to see some before and after pictures of dentures. All of these pictures are examples of extremely high-quality work done by Dr. Kallithrakas at Novudentics. When it comes to custom dental work, he is among the best.

Who Wrote This?


Dr. Kallithrakas (Dr. K) is the lead prosthodontist for Novudentics in Palm Beach, Florida. He obtained a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) and conducted a one year fellowship in Implant Dentistry sponsored by Biomet 3i at NOVA Southeastern University. Dr. K also has a Master in Science in which his thesis The difference in microgap between zirconia and titanium abutments; a pilot study was published.

Dr. K and his team at Novudentics have extensive training in all areas of prosthodontics, and serve patients across the United States from his Palm Beach office location. He believes that changing someone’s smile can help make a difference in many aspects of someone’s life.

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