Dentures

Dentures for Winston-Salem & Clemmons, NC

A denture or a complete denture as it is often called, is a prosthetic appliance that is inserted in the mouth and serves to replace natural teeth that have been lost. Dentures also serve an important role in providing support for the cheeks and lips which can have a dramatic effect on one’s appearance.

The teeth on a complete denture are made of plastic or porcelain. Dentures can also be fabricated to fit over endodontically treated teeth or can be attached to dental implants to allow for a more secure fit of the appliance. Additionally, Drs. Pruitt, Miller, Stowe, Steinbicker and Taylor use a local, Winston-Salem based laboratory for the fabrication of these prostheses. Our lab utilizes the highest quality of materials available to give you a truly natural smile you can be confident in.

Over time, dentures will wear and need to either be replaced or “relined” (refit) in order to maintain their fit and function. The alignment of dentures slowly change over time as the bone and gum tissues remodel themselves following the loss of teeth. Regular dental examinations are still important for the denture wearer so that the oral tissues can be checked for disease or change.

Most dentures are made of acrylic and can be fabricated two different ways:

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  • A “conventional” denture is made after all teeth have been extracted and the tissues (gums) have healed.
  • An “immediate” denture is fabricated and inserted immediately after the teeth are extracted and the tissues are allowed to heal under the denture.
  • An upper denture has acrylic that covers the palate (roof of the mouth); this is necessary to provide retention for the prosthesis.
  • A lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to leave room for the tongue.