Dentures are removable appliances that replace missing teeth and thus restore smiles. Dentures make it easier to speak and eat better than you could without the teeth.

About Dentures

Dentures are replacement devices for missing teeth. They are made of various materials like acrylic, nylon, or metal. They can be used in the replacement of one tooth, several or all of the teeth. They fit snugly over the gums. 

Tooth decay, gum disease, and facial injuries can cause tooth loss. Tooth loss causes the facial muscles to sag. Dentures help to fill the facial profile and improve appearance. 

Indications for Complete Dentures

Complete dentures are full-coverage oral prosthetic devices that replace a complete arch of missing teeth. The following are indications for this type of dental prosthesis:

A Full Arch of Missing Teeth

Dental implants that have been deemed inappropriate by patient and/or doctor because of financial constraints, a medically compromised status that contraindicates surgery, or inevitable damage to vital structures such as maxillary sinuses, nerves, and vessels.

Intraoral cancer that has caused a loss of gross intraoral tissue, resulting in an edentulous dental arch; the complete denture prosthesis would then not only replace teeth but also fill in the portion of missing tissue (eg, nasopharynx, hard palate).

An Edentulous Maxillary Ridge

Maxillary complete denture used to restore the upper ridge and a mandibular partial cast denture placed to restore mandibular partial edentulous regions.

Types of Complete Dentures

Conventional Complete Dentures

These are dentures that are fabricated using acrylic resin and that rely on the alveolar ridge, saliva, and other supporting structures for retention.

Immediate Complete Dentures

These are dentures usually delivered immediately after all remaining teeth of a dental arch are removed. During the healing process, this denture helps to confine the remodeling of the underlying ridge to the interior of the denture. Ordinarily, this type of prosthesis must be relined periodically as the underlying tissues heal and remodel. Usually, after 6 months, a conventional complete denture is indicated (ie, a new denture).


These are dentures that fit over usually two or more roots that have been salvaged and stabilized. These dentures can also fit over dental implants that have been placed. With overdentures, locator attachments are sometimes secured within the remaining roots or within placed dental implants, and these components are known to improve retention. Roots and dental implants help to preserve bone, and the added retention is known to be greater than conventional complete dentures alone.

Partial Dentures

A removable partial denture usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is sometimes connected by a metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth.  Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw.

How Can I Clean My Dentures?

It is important to treat dentures like you would treat your natural teeth. It is advisable to keep the dentures clean so that you do not have inflamed gums or damage any teeth further. So, here is a way to clean your dentures:

You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene and eating habits, alongside regular dental visits, will aid in the life of your dentures.

How Much Do Dentures Cost?

Major insurance companies cover partial or full costs of the treatments depending on your plan and also the insurance companies. Usually up to 50% of the cost of dentures is covered by the insurance. However, you can always check the for more details.

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Dr. George Orfaly is a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry and has been practicing as a dentist in Salem, MA since 2005. He has consistently improved the lives of his patients by providing them relief, confidence, and healthy smiles. He believes that oral health is directly related to overall health and well-being. Dr. Orfaly has also been an active member of the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, and North Shore District Dental Society.

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