If you have lost most or all of the teeth along a dental arch, custom dentures offer a trusted solution.
The dentists at Harrison Dental Group in Fort Wayne, IN, provide a variety of solutions that can meet your aesthetic goals and budget.
Could full or partial dentures be right for you?
How Do Dentures Work?
Dentures consist of a base of hard acrylic or a similar durable material that holds multiple false teeth. Our Fort Wayne office offers partial dentures for patients who have natural teeth remaining in their mouths and full versions for individuals who have lost an entire arch of teeth. Whether you opt for partial or full versions of this restoration, traditional restorations allow you to remove the prosthetic at night or for cleaning.
Partials rely on clasps that attach to nearby 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 agent to attach to the surface of your gums. Our Fort Wayne dental practice offers several options for partials. Three popular partial options include a “flipper” option that can be made in 24 hours, a flexible acrylic partial, and a prosthetic that is made from a metal base.
If you require the extraction of multiple teeth, our Fort Wayne dental practice can provide you immediate dentures. The prosthetic can be placed immediately after your teeth are extracted. The advanced prosthetic aids in controlling bleeding following multiple extractions. Immediate restorations 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.
The prosthetic 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 will never shift or make noise, plus you can enjoy all your favorite foods with confidence
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
How Can Treatment Help 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, our dentists will work with your budget to deliver a durable custom restoration that looks just like natural teeth. The average cost of this prosthetic ranges from $500-3,000 and is dependent mainly on what type and materials you choose. 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 and looking 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-looking smile.
An Affordable Solution to Tooth Loss
Dentures are typically covered by insurance but our Fort Wayne office also offers CareCredit® financing to help patients afford dental care. Our dentists can also break the treatment into several appointments so you can pay over the course of multiple appointments.
Improved Oral Health
Missing teeth can lead to shifting, which can increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. 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. We 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.
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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.
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 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 possibly sedation dentistry, will be used to ensure that you are comfortable throughout your treatment.
Placing the Implants & Receiving Your Denture
Once you are comfortable, an incision will be made in your gums and one or more implants will be placed. The healing process takes four to six months and some patients choose to wear a temporary restoration during this time. Once the area has healed, a metal bar or another type of attachment device will be placed over your implants. An impression will be made that will be sent to a trusted laboratory. After a few weeks, your custom denture will arrive at our Fort Wayne dental practice and one of our doctors will ensure that it is a good fit. Any minor adjustments can be made at that time.
Maintaining Your Prosthetic
Dentures should be cleaned daily to prevent the accumulation of food particles and bacteria. By visiting our Fort Wayne office twice a year or as advised by one of our dentists, you can ensure that your dentures are adjusted on time and that you are not developing any dental problems related to your prosthetic. Other tips for maintaining your dentures include: