Here at Dentistry of Arizona, Dr. Allen Ewell and Dr. Elizabeth Ewell and their team are committed to providing necessary, ethical, and esthetic dental care with a gentle and caring touch. Our team works hard to ensure our patients' comfort and let you leave with a memorable and enjoyable dental experience.
If you are missing most or all of your teeth, dentures and partial dentures can provide a positive solution to improving your oral health. We are proud to provide dentures that are designed to fit your mouth for proper function and unique comfort.
Dentures are replacements for missing teeth. Dentures are an appropriate option when we need to replace almost all of the teeth in the mouth. While it can take a while to get used to dentures, because they will never feel like a perfect replica of one's natural teeth, today's dentures are more natural looking and much more comfortable than ever.
Dentures come in two different types: full and partial dentures. After making an appointment, Dr. Ewell at Dentistry of Arizona in Surprise will help you choose the best type of denture for you. We will base it on how many teeth need to be removed or replaced and will review how much it will cost.
New dentures may feel awkward or uncomfortable for the first few weeks or even months. There is a learning curve to being able to chew and speak with dentures. They will take practice. A bulky or loose feeling denture is not uncommon. Dentures rock and food may become lodged under them. You may need to use denture adhesive. Over time, the muscles of your cheeks and tongue learn to hold your dentures in place. You may experience an increase in saliva which is normal. If you experience sore spots, visit Dr. Ewell for an adjustment.
Dental implants can improve the stability and function of full or partial dentures. Dr. Ewell and the team at Dentistry of Arizona in Surprise are happy to discuss your options.
Our bodies constantly change over time. Gums will change their shape over the years, particularly when wearing dentures. At the minimum, you should see your dentist annually to have your dentures evaluated. Generally, dentures may need to be rebased, reline, or remade due to normal wear and tear every 5-7 years. Rebasing means making a new base while keeping the existing denture teeth. In some cases, an entirely new denture will need to be made.
With full dentures, a gum-colored acrylic base is placed over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the roof of your mouth, while the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue. Dentures are custom-made in a dental laboratory from molds taken of your mouth. At Dentistry of Arizona in Surprise, we use a skilled local lab in Sun City West to ensure high quality of your denture. Dr. Ewell will determine which of the types of dentures described is best for you.
DIFFERENT KINDS OF DENTURES