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Dentures

If you've lost most or all of your teeth, custom dentures offer a trusted solution. Today's dentures are incredibly lifelike and versatile.

The dentists at Harrison Dental Group in Fort Wayne, IN, provide a variety of solutions that can meet your aesthetic goals and budget.

Could implant-supported or traditional dentures be right for you?

How Do Dentures Work?

Traditional dentures consist of a base of hard acrylic or similar durable material that holds multiple false teeth. Our Fort Wayne dentists offer partial dentures for patients who have natural teeth remaining and full versions for individuals who have lost an entire arch of teeth. Whether you opt for partial or full, traditional restorations allow you to remove the prosthetic at night or for cleaning. 

Partial Dentures Can Complete Your Smile

Partials rely on clasps that attach to a nearby tooth or teeth for support.

What Are My Options?

Partials are held in place with small metal clasps that grasp nearby natural teeth. Full dentures use an adhesive, gravity, and natural suction to adhere to the gums. Our Fort Wayne dental practice offers several options for partials. Dr. Harrison and his team can go over these popular options during your consultation: 

  • Flippers
  • Also known as an acrylic removable partial denture, a flipper consists of an acrylic retainer that you snap in your mouth to fill in gaps in your smile. One or more natural-looking teeth are attached to the gum-colored retainer. Flippers are an affordable and fast way to replace missing teeth and improve chewing ability. Dr. Harrison can have your customized flipper denture created in 24 hours.
  • Flexible Acrylic Partial
  • This option's plastic retainer is thinner and more flexible than the flipper's acrylic retainer, so it might feel more comfortable in your mouth.
  • Metal-Based Dentures
  • These teeth restorations are attached to a lightweight, hypoallergenic metal base that rests against your gums. They do tend to cost more than plastic-based dentures as they are known for strength, durability, and stability.

Other Types of Dentures

Immediate Dentures

If you require the extraction of multiple teeth, our Fort Wayne dental practice can provide you with immediate dentures. These prosthetic teeth can be placed right after your teeth are extracted, aiding in controlling bleeding following multiple extractions. Immediate restorations also allow our patients to begin adjusting to their prosthetic sooner than the traditional procedure. We can split the process by removing the back teeth first, then letting the jaw heal before removing the front teeth. These same-day dentures may need to be realigned after about six months.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Dentures can also be held in place through the use of dental implants. Implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed in the jaw to replace tooth roots. This type of denture will never shift or make noise, does not require messy adhesive or irritating metal clasps to stay put, and allows you to enjoy all your favorite foods with confidence. Dr. Harrison and his team perform all the steps involved in fitting you with customized implant-supported dentures in-house, including creating your digital treatment plan, surgically placing your implants, and attaching your permanent lifelike dentures. We can also provide you with teeth-in-a-day temporary dentures to wear until your permanent ones are ready.

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Keith goes above and beyond for his patients! He is so genuine and really cares about his patients! When we were in dire need, Keith took amazing care of us! If you are looking for a dentist, look no further! Harrison Dental’s service and care can’t be beat!

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How Can Treatment Benefit You?

Receiving a new set of false teeth is a personalized process. Each patient comes to our Fort Wayne office with unique oral health needs and aesthetic goals. No matter what your situation is, Dr. Harrison and our team of skilled dentists will work with your budget to deliver a durable custom restoration that looks and feels just like natural teeth. Depending on your needs, this type of prosthetic can range from $500-$3,000. Once you have received your custom restoration, you can benefit from:

Improved Oral Function and Clarity of Speech

Tooth loss is more than an oral health problem. Missing teeth can make speaking and chewing difficult. Older patients who have not replaced missing teeth are even at higher risk of choking. Once one of our doctors has placed your new denture, you can enjoy improved speech clarity and natural chewing function.

Restored Cheek Volume

The loss of multiple teeth can leave individuals with sunken-in cheeks, making them look older than they are. Following the placement of a new full or partial denture, you can benefit from restored cheek volume and a more youthful, healthy-looking appearance.

An Affordable Solution to Tooth Loss

Dentures are typically covered to some extent by insurance, and our Fort Wayne office offers convenient in-house payment plans. Dr. Harrison also offers financing through CareCredit® and Citi-Health to help patients afford dental care. Our dentists can also break treatments into several appointments so you can pay over the course of multiple visits to one of our four Fort Wayne area locations.

Improved Oral Health

Missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift, which can increase your risk of further tooth loss. Restorative dentistry prevents your teeth from shifting by placing a barrier that holds your teeth in place. 

Reliability and Unlimited Adjustments

Our dentists have decades of experience placing dentures, with Dr. David Harrison having over 30 years alone. Our doctors pay attention to detail, provide exceptional dentistry, and warranty our work. For the life of your restoration, you can benefit from unlimited adjustments to ensure that you experience long-term comfort.

Ready to Replace Your Missing Teeth? Schedule Your Consultation Today

Dentures can restore your ability to speak, smile, and chew with confidence. Our highly educated doctors use the most up-to-date digital technology to ensure that you are fitted with the highest quality, most natural-looking, and affordable dentures possible.

If you are ready to achieve the smile of your dreams, contact us online or call us to set up an appointment at one of our four relaxing, state-of-the-art Fort Wayne locations

(260) 747-4747

The Harrison Dental Group team
The Harrison Dental Group team

Professional & Knowledgeable

"Dr. Harrison and the entire staff were very professional and knowledgeable. They were able to fit me into their schedule when I was dealing with a tooth issue. At a place that makes so many people uneasy, they make you feel very comfortable. Would recommend to all."
Brendan Brooks - 5-Star Google Review - September 2019

What to Expect for a Traditional Denture

Your treatment timeline will depend on what type of denture you choose. A traditional denture requires at least two visits to our Fort Wayne dental practice. Patients who require one or more tooth extractions will need to undergo this restorative dentistry procedure before their prosthetic can be placed. 

During your first visit, an impression of your smile will be made. The mold or impression will be sent to a professional dental lab that has been thoroughly vetted. Once your row of false teeth arrives, a second appointment will be scheduled to place your new prosthetic. 

We understand that some patients worry that their prosthetics won’t fit. That is one reason why we offer adjustments for the life of the denture. One of our doctors will also explain how to maintain your new prosthetic so your investment in your oral health lasts as long as possible.

A Stunning Dentures Transformation

Missing upper teeth and yellowed, misaligned lower teeth.
Before This patient suffered from widespread tooth loss.
Dentures provided a dazzling smile with restored form and function.
After Dentures provided a dazzling smile with restored form and function.

Polite & Respectful

"The staff are always polite and respectful. They are always on time and what ever you want to know they will explain it to you."
Tracee Childs - 5-Star Google Review - October 2019

Dental Implants
Offer Unrivaled Stability

Patients who wish to have a stable base for their denture can undergo dental implant surgery performed by Dr. Keith Harrison before receiving an implant-retained prosthetic. Dental implants also offer many oral health benefits, including the prevention of jawbone atrophy.

Once your candidacy has been established, the implants can be placed during an oral surgery procedure at our Fort Wayne dental practice. Local anesthesia and calming sedation dentistry, if needed, will be used to ensure that you are comfortable throughout your treatment. 

Components of an implant-supported crown

The Implant Procedure

Treatment can vary slightly between patients but you can generally expect these steps:
We offer sedation dentistry to ensure that you are comfortable throughout your treatment. 
We offer sedation dentistry to ensure that you are comfortable throughout your treatment. 

1st Appointment

Once you are comfortable, incisions will be made in your gums, and one or more implants will be placed into your jawbone.

Healing Period

The entire healing process takes four to six months. Some of our patients choose to wear a temporary restoration (teeth in a day) during this time so they can speak and chew normally.

2nd Appointment

Once the area has healed, you will return to have a metal bar or another type of attachment device called an abutment placed over your implants during a second surgery. A precise impression is then made that will be sent to a trusted laboratory.

3rd Appointment

After a few weeks, your custom dentures will arrive at our Fort Wayne dental practice. You'll come back at that time so your dentist can ensure that it is a good fit and make any adjustments if needed.
Isn't it time you restored your smile to its youthful, healthy glory? Contact us today online or by phone at (260) 747-4747 to schedule your denture consultation. 
Harrison Dental Group

Harrison Dental Group

The doctors of Harrison Dental Group have been providing family-friendly dentistry for decades. Our dental care is advanced, yet affordable, and we are members of various prestigious organizations:

  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • American Dental Society of Anesthesiology

To request a consultation at one of our Fort Wayne locations, call us at (260) 747-4747
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