Dentures & PartialsNorth Liberty, IA

Dentures & Partials An Overview

Today’s patients can enjoy both a range of options and significantly improved long-term results for the replacement of missing teeth. Dr. Tu is a highly trained restorative dentist in North Liberty, IA with years of experience helping patients restore their smiles. He offers compassionate, personalized dental care for your needs. We work with you on an individual basis to give you a unique natural-looking result.

A denture or partial denture can be placed to restore the loss of several or all of your natural teeth. Dr. Tu will create a custom treatment plan that takes into consideration your dental health needs, aesthetic goals and will support your long term oral health. A cosmetic denture is made to blend with your natural appearance and fit comfortably on the gums, giving back the ability to eat and speak normally after tooth loss.

Types of Dentures

There are two types of dentures, both of which can be permanently secured using dental implants for the most natural smile restoration.

  • Partial denture: similar to a dental bridge, a partial denture can replace several consecutive missing teeth.
  • Full denture: a full arch of teeth can be replaced with a full denture.

Implant dentures: what to consider

Dr. Tu can permanently secure a denture or partial denture with dental implants. Placed strategically into healthy jaw bone, dental implants will provide several key benefits and the most stable long term result.

  • Reduced bone loss: the implanted post will both stabilize bone in the jaw and support continued growth to minimize shrinkage of the jaw which can lend an aged appearance.
  • Confident speech: normal speech is restored and you can feel confident in social and professional settings that your smile will stay in place.
  • Enjoy a normal diet: for most patients, an implant supported denture means no dietary restrictions. The benefits include better overall nutrition and the confidence to chew normally and enjoy your favorite foods.

Dentures & Partials What to Expect

The process for placing a partial or full denture will vary from patient to patient, depending on several factors that affect the treatment plan:

  • Overall condition of your dentition and oral health
  • Need for pre-placement treatments to stabilize the gums or existing teeth
  • Type of denture being placed
  • Need for the placement of implants

Dr. Tu will use digital diagnostics, a thorough exam and a discussion of your personal concerns as goals as the foundation for your treatment plan. He will discuss all aspects of the procedure, what to expect along the way and outline all associated costs for your consideration.

If implants are being placed to secure your new denture Dr. Tu will coordinate the surgical phase with a local specialist. There is a healing period of several months that are typically needed before the next steps in the procedure can begin. This is important for the best possible long term result, allowing the gums and jaw bone to fuse with the new implant and create a stable foundation for a denture.

Dental impressions are taken and used in the design and creation of your custom denture so that your final restoration will look and feel as natural as possible.

Dentures & Partials FAQs

Can anyone with missing teeth get dentures?

Yes. Almost anyone can get dentures to replace a full row of missing teeth. If you have healthy gums and jaw, you may qualify for dentures. In rare cases, patients with severe gum disease will have to get periodontal treatment before getting dentures.

How long do you have to wait to get dentures after teeth are pulled?

On average, you can expect to wait between 6-8 weeks after your initial exam for the new dentures to be fabricated and placed. Sometimes immediate dentures, or same-day dentures, are given as a temporary restoration while you wait for your new dentures.

Do you need adhesive for partial dentures?

Dental adhesive is not always necessary, however it can be used to improve the fit of your partial dentures. If your dentures are well fitting, you will usually not need any help keeping them in, however some people still choose to use adhesive for a sense of security. If your old dentures do not fit properly anymore, you may need new dentures.