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Robert C. Clay, Jr., DDS, Ltd.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Dentures and Partials

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If you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. We know that most people have questions about their dental health, the services we offer, and dental insurance. We get asked questions about these topics, and many others, every single day. We welcome all of your questions, and it is an encouraging sign that you are taking interest in your oral healthcare. We would love the opportunity to help.

So, whether you have a dental question, an insurance question, or heck, if you can’t remember the lyrics to a song, we will do our best to help you get the answers you are looking for. We have a few of the more common questions compiled here, but please feel free to ask us if you have any other questions you need answered.

Dentures and Partials

Having a missing tooth can be very stressful when considering esthetics, the treatment one needs to undergo to replace the tooth, or teeth, and the costs associated.  Since every patient has their own individual needs as well as financial constraints, it is not always up to us to decide what is “best” for you. We will always present all of the available options and weigh the pros and cons as far as optimal dental treatment goes.  Along with that, we will present the fees associated with all of these options.  Finally, we will present you with options for third party finance companies to help spread the costs over a longer period of time where costs are a concern.  We will try to find a way to allow you to get the best treatment, the treatment that you deserve, but also understand if the “best” treatment just isn’t feasible at this time.  We will then work to help you decide on one of the alternate options

Dentures and partials are both treatment options that utilize removable prosthetics to replace missing teeth.  Full dentures replace all of the teeth when they are all missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain and we need to replace the missing natural teeth with artificial teeth. Traditionally, both of these options involve prosthetics that the patient can take in and out of their mouth by themselves in order to clean them; however, modern dentistry also allows us to present options with implants. Utilizing implants we can now fabricate dentures or partials that the patient can take in and out of their own mouth by clipping onto implant attachments, as well as options that involve screwing the teeth into the implants where the patient cannot remove the teeth by themselves.  Give us a call to see which options are available to you.

When patients talk about “cosmetic dentistry” we are always interested to hear what people think that means.  To us, dentistry has evolved to the point that we feel most services could be considered “cosmetic” as we use tooth colored filling material for almost everything.  That said, many people consider cosmetic dentistry to include the use of porcelain crowns, porcelain veneers, bonded white fillings on front teeth, tooth whitening or bleaching, and white fillings on back teeth.  And yes, we routinely perform all of these procedures.  We also utilize Invisalign to help straighten your teeth,  and dental implant restorations to restore a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even all of your teeth.  In fact, we even feel the conventional dentures and removable partials we fabricate also fall into the cosmetic category as we not only use top labs and materials, but also take every extra step to ensure they look as realistic as possible.  So yes, we do perform all of these cosmetic dental services, and we will discuss them with you, as well as present options and risks of treatment before we start your treatment. Give us a call to set up a consultation so we can see what can be done.

We always make every effort to make dentures and partials, as well as any other restoration, disappear and look natural in the mouth.  We use premium brand tooth manufacturers to get the most natural esthetic results, and always try to design the prosthetics to maximize esthetics.  That said, there are occasions where options available may make it more difficult to completely hide the fact that they are dentures, or more often partials.  We always use extra appointments to verify esthetic satisfaction prior to final fabrication. This allows our patients to give final approval before final processing.  We often find that the biggest challenge to the dentures and partials looking real is the fact that patients often want teeth that are too white and too perfectly set. When doing our setup, we will discuss this with our patients prior to selecting the desired shade of teeth and doing our setup.  We always work with our patients and lab to deliver the final result that patients desire.  If you need a denture or partial, give us a call to see what we can do for you. 

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