Dentures & Partial Dentures

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A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue.  They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.

There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures.  Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.  A Partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.

A Complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.”  A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks.  During this time the patient will go without teeth.  Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process.  Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.

Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.

Reasons for dentures:

Partial Dentures

If you are missing teeth, Los Angeles dentist Dr. Neil McLeod in West Hollywood can replace them with beautifully crafted dentures.


These dentures will restore your appearance and the function and health of your mouth.  If you have teeth missing, the remaining teeth have to take all the strain of the chewing and biting.  This can cause bone loss, and may change the shape of your face.  It may also make it more difficult to keep your teeth and gums healthy.  With partial dentures that fit between the teeth you still have, you will look younger and be healthier.


Partial dentures are removable devices that replace a few missing teeth, instead of all the teeth in the jaw. They can be attached either by metal clasps or precision attachments. Precision attachments require crowns to be put on the remaining abutments teeth that hold the partial dentures in place. Regardless, these supporting teeth must be in good health.

Complete Dentures

If you are missing all your teeth in the upper or lower jaw, they can be replaced with full dentures. Full or complete dentures are custom made out of acrylic to fit your jaw accurately. The color and shape of the teeth are chosen to replicate the natural appearance of your own teeth.
Complete dentures replace all of the teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. An impression of your teeth, bite, and the shape of your jaw shape will be used to create the dentures. Every person’s mouth has unique characteristics which my be reproduced exactly.

Dentures can be made and inserted on the day when teeth are extracted.  These are called immediate dentures. They can be provided so that your appearance is maintained and even improved immediately. The gums and need time to heal after extractions, and the jaw bone remodels so that dentures need to be relined after about three months. The remodeling process continues with time and regular re-examination is necessary to determine if the dentures should be relined or remade to ensure an accurate fit.

  • Complete Denture – Loss of all teeth in an arch.
  • Partial Denture – Loss of several teeth in an arch.
  • Enhancing smile and facial tissues.
  • Improving chewing, speech, and digestion.

What does getting dentures involve?

The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over several weeks.  Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture.  Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit.  At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.

It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty, however this will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.

You will be given care instructions for your new dentures.  Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.

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