Prosthetic Dental Services
A denture is an appliance that is inserted in the mouth, replacing natural teeth and providing support for the cheeks and lips. Most dentures are made of acrylic and can be fabricated in two different ways.
Our services include:
-A conventional denture is made after all teeth have been extracted and the tissues (gums) have healed. 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.
-Immediate – a denture is fabricated and inserted immediately after the teeth are extracted and the tissues are allowed to heal under the denture.
-Over-denture – The teeth are made of plastic, porcelain, or a combination thereof. 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 and stabilize bone and gum ridges. Over a normal course of time, dentures 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 normal healing and remottling [D1] process. Regular dental examinations are still important for the denture wearer so that the oral tissues can be checked for disease or change.
We offer several types of partial dentures – cast metal, flexible and acrylic. The cast metal and flexible partials are our best partials. Please check with the practice nearest you to learn which partials they provide.
-Cast Metal Partial Denture: A cast metal partial denture is stronger, less bulky and offers a great fit. This partial has a metal framework to which our on-site laboratory will attach higher-quality denture teeth. Since our special metal framework is made by an outside laboratory, availability of this partial is about two to three weeks.
-Flexible Partial: The flexible partial is made from a special material that gives you added comfort and fit. It is only available in participating practices.
-Combination partial denture: Combines the metal frame but esthetic retentive clasps.
-Acrylic Partial Denture: Acrylic partial dentures are more affordable, but they tend to feel more bulky. This partial has an acrylic base into which the denture teeth are set and is attached to your natural teeth with small metal clasps. The acrylic partial may be available with more durable, natural-looking teeth, right up to the Ultra partial. The practice staff can inform you of availability in each office.
Denture rejuvenation (repair)
Dentures help millions of people live more normal lives, but just like natural teeth they require regular care. Dentures can wear down, stain, and lose their shape. Over time they may become less comfortable as the size and shape of your mouth changes. Dr. Jarwa at Grace Dental of Virginia can evaluate your current dentures if they are uncomfortable, if you are using more denture adhesives or if you have been wearing the same dentures for more than 5 years.
If lab work involves repairs your local Grace Dental lab partner will rush your case and deliver it back to you so you can get back to your normal lifestyle with the least amount of disturbance.
If you think you might need dentures or need denture repair (reline and or rebase) we invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jarwa who will evaluate your specific needs and recommend the appropriate treatment.