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Partial Dentures or Complete Dentures?


Partials are made for people missing only a few teeth, they attach to nearby teeth. Some partial dentures are removable and made of a metal framework and plastic for the gums and teeth areas. Fixed partial dentures are often made of porcelain. Bridges are an example of a fixed partial denture.

If you have no teeth, your Dentist will likely recommend complete dentures. Complete dentures cover your entire upper or lower jaw, and they are known as “plates.”If you need complete dentures because you had to have your teeth removed, your mouth will need time to heal before you can get dentures. Dr. Costes can give you temporary dentures while your mouth heals, which may take about a month. At Horizon Family Dental, our goal is to make sure you are as comfortable as possible, and that the outcome is a bright new smile you can feel good about.

It may take a few visits to get your permanent dentures. Your dentist will give your mouth a thorough exam, and the two of you will discuss what size you want your new teeth to be. This can depend on how your jaws fit together when you close your mouth and the size of your mouth and jaw. Then, Dr. Costes or Dr. Reed of Horizon Dental Group will take impressions of your mouth and write up a prescription for your new teeth detailing their size and look. This prescription will be sent to a lab where a dental technician will make your new smile. A model is made of your mouth, which is used to make your new teeth fit properly. They are tried on at each step to make sure that they look good, fit well and allow a proper bite.

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