Complete Dentures

Dr. Howell enjoys making dentures. He uses advanced techniques and additional steps in the process that few other dentists do. Advanced Dental Prosthetics is not a discount denture center. We do not offer cheap/budget dentures.  All of the dentures we make are made with the best materials, individual attention, and expert eyes.  Many of the steps in making dentures are done here in our office by Dr. Howell and his assistants.

As a Prosthodontist, Dr. Howell has an additional three years of full-time education in restorative and prosthetic dentistry that General Dentists don’t have. This means that he has an exceptional level of education in dentures.

 

Commonly Asked Questions:

How long will it take to have dentures made?

Dr. Howell likes to control the process by doing some of the laboratory work himself rather than delegating it to the laboratory technician. This means that the process will likely take more appointments and a longer time to complete than what you may experience in a general office. For most people this can be up to 6 appointments. This is more than most people expect. However, most people who have been disappointed by their dentures in the past are very appreciative of the extra time and perfectionism that Dr. Howell puts into their new dentures.

 

How much do dentures cost?

The short answer is that good quality dentures are not inexpensive. Dr. Howell is committed to spending a great deal of time with you and does steps and techniques that many other dentists do not do.  For that reason, a good portion of the fee for denture services is related to the doctors time and expertise.  We cannot quote a price for dentures without talking to you at length about your specific situation during the consultation.

 

How long do dentures last?

While every situation is different, for most people replacing your dentures every 5 years is a good idea.  Although many people use the same set of dentures for 10-30 years or more, there can be risks from this. When you don’t have teeth, your bone and gums start to shrink. They will continue to shrink at a very slow rate for the rest of your life. Poorly-fitting dentures can make them shrink even faster. So, while your old dentures may be manageable to you, they may be causing damage that you don’t realize is happening.

 

Do I need adhesive or glue for my dentures?

Most Prosthodontists feel that well-fitting dentures usually do not require the use of adhesive. There may be some exceptions to this statement, so please ask us about your situation. Many times using a lot of adhesive is a sign that your dentures need to be replaced. Please ask how to properly apply adhesive. Denture adhesive can prove to be very effective in small quantities.  Recently the dental profession has learned that using too much adhesive can be bad for your health. Some adhesives contain zinc, which is a natural mineral, but if you have too much you can suffer from health problems.

 

What about dentures if I still have teeth?

If you need to have your remaining teeth removed, we can fabricate dentures for you to wear immediately after the teeth are extracted.  These are called immediate dentures or healing dentures. There are several ways to accomplish this and Dr. Howell would be happy to discuss the best option for you during your consultation.

 

How do you make dentures look real?

There are several common mistakes that patients and dentists make when making dentures that end up causing a fake appearance.  The biggest error is selecting teeth that are too small and too white. Secondly, denture teeth are usually made to look like they are unworn and belong to a 20 year old – while this works if you are 20 years old, these teeth look fake in someone older. Remember, you can still have BEAUTIFUL looking teeth even if they are appropriately created to be natural for your age.

Another common problem is arranging the teeth too perfectly. Almost no one has perfectly straight teeth, even young people who have had braces. There are clever ways to arrange teeth to look symmetrical and natural while including slight irregularities to look real. We have even placed fillings in denture teeth to give a very real appearance if that is what you desire.

Lastly, the gums are important for the most natural look. Did you know that there are different colors for the gum part of dentures? Shaping the gumline is also needed in cases where the gums show with a full smile. Above all else we follow the philosophy that dentures are made for YOU, so you can decide what looks best for you.

 

Do you have an in-office lab?

We do several steps in the fabrication of dentures in our office lab. We send the dentures to an outside local lab for the other steps.  Dr. Howell is always in close communication with the laboratory to make sure everything you have worked hard to achieve is realized in your final product…..YOUR TEETH!

 

What are other names for dentures?

Some people call dentures plates or false teeth. They mean the same thing. Some people have partial dentures that replace the missing areas of teeth and hook on the natural teeth for support. Some also call these partial plates. A temporary partial denture is sometimes called a flipper.

Implants can be used with dentures too.  Implant dentures can be “snapped” into place and taken in and out, or even screwed into the implants and don’t move at all.  When they are permanently fixed to the implants they can call them an implant bridge or hybrid denture.

 

If you are missing all of your teeth, a complete denture can help get that confidence back.  Complete dentures can return that much needed smile, improve your overall appearance, and aid you in chewing and speaking.  They serve an important purpose, but there are some drawbacks.  Chewing and talking may be difficult until you get used to your denture.  The fit of your denture will also depend on the shape and size of the remaining bone and gum tissue in your mouth.  Some patients have a more difficult time keeping their denture in place.  They may rely on a denture adhesive for help.  Dental implants are often recommended to support even the best-fitting denture.  The increased stability that implants provide have greatly improved the lives of denture-wearers.

After receiving your denture, you will still be expected to make regular appointments so that the dentist can examine the health of your tissues.  With time, your gums and bone can continue to atrophy or shrink in size.  Your denture may periodically need to be “relined” to re-adapt it to your changing mouth.  Your denture can also wear down, stain, or begin to crack or lose teeth once it has been used for an extended period of time.  Expect to replace your denture eventually, but how long it lasts depends on how you use and care for it.