Full & Partial Dentures
Don't be discouraged if you're thinking about getting dentures because you think they will look fake or unnatural. Using the most updated materials, techniques, and technology, Dr. Earl Santos custom-crafts full and partial dentures to look realistic and beautiful.
How Do Dentures Work?
Full or complete dentures are replacement teeth that stand in for all missing teeth in the upper arch, lower arch, or both. They consist of prosthetic teeth on an arch for the lower jaw or a plate for the upper jaw.
Dr. Santos designs customized dentures that fit your mouth perfectly. Natural suction and the ridges of your jaw hold your full dentures in place to restore chewing function and complete your smile.
Partial dentures are similar, but the arch or plate consists only of prosthetic teeth that fill in where teeth are missing. A partial is securely held in place with clips attached to adjacent teeth for support. Like complete dentures, partials restore your bite and your confidence.
The Benefits of Wearing Dentures
Dentures have always been seen as a solution for seniors, but that's not necessarily the case. Adult tooth loss affects all ages, and there are even patients in their 20s and 30s who have partial or full dentures.
The truth is that dentures have helped millions and millions of people smile with confidence again and come with many benefits:
- Smile with confidence again – If you're used to hiding your smile because of missing teeth, get ready for a nice boost of confidence the first time you see yourself with your new dentures!
- Enjoy your favorite foods – Missing teeth can make chewing difficult and painful, but with dentures, you'll be able to eat most of your favorite foods comfortably again.
- Speak clearly again – Missing teeth make it challenging to pronounce certain words, so replacing them with dentures can also help you speak clearly again.
- Maintain a fuller facial appearance – Tooth loss eliminates support for facial features like lips and cheeks, leaving you with a sunken-in facial appearance. Replacing missing teeth with dentures adds bulk and supports your facial features for a fuller, more youthful appearance.
Customizing Dentures for Your Unique Smile
It's important to us that your dentures not only fit comfortably and function well but that they also look natural and complement your smile. Dr. Santos will work closely with you to determine the best shape, shade, and size for the artificial teeth and how they should be positioned in the base for the most natural appearance.
We allow several appointments at our Clearwater dental office to plan the perfect look and fit for your new dentures. This includes try-in visits where you can see how your new dentures will look and feel before a dental lab finalizes them.
Adjusting to Life with Dentures
There is an adjustment period with dentures, especially if you're a first-time wearer. Just be patient with yourself and know that every day you'll become more accustomed to speaking, eating, and laughing while wearing your new dentures.
Our dental team works with new denture-wearers all the time and will be happy to provide tips for making the transition.
Are You Ready to Get Started with Dentures?
If you're thinking of replacing missing teeth with full or partial dentures, please call our Clearwater, FL dental office to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you smile with confidence again.