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Gone are the days of metal caps and painful dentures. At Northern Smiles Dentistry we have the modern tools and techniques to give your your smile back!

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We are cognizant that everyone has different budgets and goals for their oral health. We strive to provide excellent patient care at competitive rates. We provide affordable dentures in the Phoenix, AZ area

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Why Choose Northern Smiles Dentistry For Your Complete or Partial Dentures?

Dental dentures, commonly referred to as simply "dentures," are removable dental prosthetics designed to replace missing teeth and restore the appearance and function of the mouth. They are a common solution for individuals who have lost some or all of their natural teeth due to factors such as age, decay, gum disease, or injury. Dentures are custom-made to fit the unique contours of a person's mouth and are typically crafted from a combination of materials, such as acrylic resin and sometimes metal components.
There are two main types of dentures:

  • These are used when all of a person's natural teeth are missing. Complete dentures consist of a full set of artificial teeth set in a flesh-colored acrylic base that fits over the gums and the underlying bone. They rely on suction and oral muscles for stability.
  • Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. They consist of artificial teeth attached to a metal or acrylic framework that clasps onto the remaining natural teeth for support. Partial dentures help fill gaps left by missing teeth, improve chewing ability, and maintain proper alignment of the remaining teeth.
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Full or Partial Dentures

How Do Removable Dentures Work?

Complete or partial dentures consist of a gum-colored base made of plastic resin, which fits over the remaining alveolar (bone) ridge that formerly held the teeth. The prosthetic teeth projecting from the base are designed to look and function just like your natural teeth. Dentures are held in place primarily by the suctioning effect of their close fit against the alveolar ridges — that’s why it’s so important that they are fitted properly. The upper denture also gets extra support from the large surface area of the roof of the mouth (palate), which generally makes it extremely stable.

At first, wearing dentures may require some getting used to in terms of talking and eating, as the dentures become “balanced” in the space formerly occupied by the teeth. But over time, the muscles, nerves and ligaments of the mouth learn to work in new ways, which allows these functions to occur normally. Dentures also help support the facial skeleton and the soft tissues of the lips and cheeks, which can help create a more youthful appearance.

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Complete Dentures

Types of Complete Dentures

Full dentures are complete prosthetics designed to replace an entire set of teeth, and can help support the facial skeleton and the soft tissues of the lips and cheeks.

Immediate Dentures

These are usually a temporary means of helping you transition to successful denture wearing. Because of the muscular readjustment required, as well as the natural shrinkage of gums, the dentures which are placed immediately after tooth extraction won’t fit as well as permanent dentures made when the healing is complete. They do, however, provide you with new teeth right away, and give you time to adjust.

Conventional Full Dentures

After a period of time, permanent dentures that conform to your mouth with near-perfect accuracy can be fabricated. These are carefully crafted to look as much like your own natural teeth as possible, and are able to function properly in your mouth for a long time.

Implant-Supported Overdentures

To increase the stability of a lower or upper denture, it’s possible for it to be securely anchored using two or more dental implants. The upper jaw requires more implants (generally three or more) than the lower jaw due to a lesser bone density. Many people find this option offers a great balance of comfort, functionality , and value.

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Partial Dentures

Types of Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are designed to replace a small row of teeth and provide stability and support.

Transitional Partial Dentures

These relatively inexpensive removable plastic dentures serve as a temporary tooth replacement and space maintainer as you wait for your mouth to heal from tooth extraction, for example. Once the healing process is complete, dental implants can be placed.

Removable Partial Dentures (RPDs)

Usually made of cast vitallium, these well-constructed, metal-based removable partial dentures are much lighter and less obtrusive than those made of plastic. They are a little more expensive than plastic dentures but will fit better. They are, however, much less expensive than implants or fixed bridgework.

How Dentures Are Made and Fitted

Making quality dentures is a blend of science and art. First, an accurate impression (mold) is made of the alveolar ridges on the top and bottom of your mouth. The base of the denture is made from this mold in a dental laboratory. Working together, the dentist and lab technician choose from among many different sizes and shapes of prosthetic teeth to re-create a natural-looking smile. When everyone is satisfied with the result, the temporary dentures are made in permanent form.

To enable normal speech and eating, it’s crucial to balance your bite. This means that the upper and lower dentures come together and properly stabilize each other. The form and function of the dentures are carefully checked to ensure that they are working and fitting properly.

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Our Process

The process of getting dentures


Initial Consultation

A dentist evaluates your oral health, takes impressions, and discusses your preferences and needs.


Impressions and Measurements

Precise molds and measurements of your mouth are taken to ensure the dentures fit comfortably and function properly.


Modeling and Fabrication

Dental technicians create a wax model or digital simulation of the dentures for you to try. Adjustments are made until the fit, shape, and color match your expectations.


Final Fitting

Once the dentures are ready, you have a final fitting to ensure they feel comfortable and look natural. Any necessary adjustments are made at this stage.


Ongoing Care

Over time, adjustments may be needed as your mouth's shape and tissues change. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups remain important to maintain the health of your gums and any remaining natural teeth.

Denture Benefits

The Benefits of Dentures

Dentures offer various benefits, including restoring your ability to chew and speak properly, supporting facial muscles to maintain a more youthful appearance, and enhancing your self-confidence by improving your smile.

However, it’s important to note that while dentures can significantly improve oral function and appearance, they may take some time to get used to, and there may be an adjustment period. Some individuals may experience issues like discomfort, difficulty speaking, or minor irritation as they adapt to wearing dentures. Proper care and maintenance are crucial to ensure their longevity and your oral health.

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What to Expect After You Get Your Dentures

If you’ve recently lost your teeth and received an immediate denture, it’s normal to find some tissue shrinkage and bone loss occurring. Therefore, in several months you may find that your immediate dentures no longer fit well. You will have two choices at this point: You can have your immediate (temporary) dentures re-lined. This means that material is added under the denture’s base to better conform to the new contours of your alveolar ridge. A better option is to move to a set of conventional full dentures, which will last longer and fit better. With proper care, dentures offer a functional, aesthetic and economical solution to the problem of tooth loss.

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