DENTURES

Full Dentures and Partial Dentures are a common and inexpensive way to replace missing teeth. Dentures replace natural teeth and provide support for the cheeks and lips. Dr. Hooper creates customized dentures and partials that are comfortable, affordable, and make it possible for people to feel good about their smile again. Our special training in new denture technology puts dentures within everyone’s reach. We also offer implant-supported dentures.

Most dentures are made of acrylic and can be fabricated two different ways

The teeth are made of plastic or porcelain. Dentures can be fabricated to fit over endodontically treated teeth and a complete denture can be attached to dental implants to allow for a more secure fit of the appliance.

Dentures over a normal course of time will wear and need to be replaced or relined in order to keep the jaw alignment normal. The alignment will slowly change as the bone and gum ridges recede or shrink due to the extraction of the teeth. Regular dentist examinations are still important for the denture wearer so that the oral tissues can be checked for disease or change.

  • A conventional denture is made after all teeth have been extracted and the tissues (gums) have healed.
  • An immediate denture is fabricated and inserted immediately after the teeth are extracted and the tissues are allowed to heal under the denture.
  • An upper denture has acrylic, usually flesh colored, that covers the palate (roof of the mouth).
  • A lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to leave room for the tongue.