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A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue.  They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.

A Complete denture may be either “conventional,” or “immediate” and "custom."  A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks.  During this time the patient will go without teeth.  Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process.  Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.  Custom dentures are then made to the rehabilitated oral and facial tissues to give you an optimum fit and smile.

Custom Dentures

Dr. Dunaway completed advanced training for custom denture utilizing the Earl Pound Denture Technique from Dr. Walter Turbyfill, in Columbia, South Carolina.  The Earl Pound Denture Technique provides optimum fit through the use of precision processing.

There are 2 types of Custom Dentures that Dr. Dunaway provides:

1.  Temporary (immediate) Dentures

2.  Final Custom Dentures

Temporary Custom Dentures

When it is necessary to remove your natural teeth, a temporary denture can be made in advance of the extractions.  The temporary denture is placed immediately after the teeth are extracted.  To ensure proper comfort and healing, a soft resilient liner called hydrocast is placed in the temporary dentures for a period of time.  Once healing has occurred, the next step is the custom final denture fabrication.

Final Custom Dentures

The Earl Pound Denture Technique provides the best fit for a denture.  The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over several weeks.  Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture.  Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit.  At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.

It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty, however this will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.

You will be given care instructions for your new dentures.  Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.

Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.

Why a Custom Denture?

*  When a conventional denture does not fit

*  To replace missing teeth and surrounding oral tissues

*  Enhance smile and lip support

*  Improve chewing, speech and digestion

Steps for a Custom Denture:     

*  Impressions, and tooth selection by Dr. Dunaway and Patient

*  Tooth position, facial esthetics, and bite established

*  Treatment denture delivered with soft liner

*  Continued wearing of treatment denture and relining with soft liner

*  Delivery of custom denture

What is an implant denture?

Dental implants are a great way to  provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures.  Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.

As few as 2 to 4 implants will be enough to provide a base for a full denture. This will give you more confidence in every situation because your denture won't come loose unexpectedly. No more embarrassing surprises.

Two surgeries usually are needed- one to place the implants in the jawbone under your gums, and a second surgery three to six months later to expose the tops of the implant.

Your full denture is attached to the implants with special retainer systems, which consist of two components. One component is permanently attached to the implant. It's counterpart is part is part of the denture. The components click together just like a snap button.