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All About Dentures

Dentures are a very traditional replacement option for missing teeth. Traditional dentures are artificial teeth and gums that can be placed in the mouth when needed and removed at night.

There are various types of dentures, depending on the patient’s individual needs. One of the advantages to dentures is that they can replace multiple teeth at once.

Full dentures can be used to replace an entire row of teeth, which is why they are often recommended for age-related tooth loss.

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Dr. Ghanavati and the team at Burke Dental know that tooth loss can be inconvenient and want to make sure our patients are aware of all the possible solutions. Patients in Burke, Virginia can trust our team to help them make the right choice when it comes to their dental needs. For some patients, dentures are the best solution and Dr. Ghanavati and his team will help those patients understand why and sit down with them and discuss general dentistry options.

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Reasons to Choose Dentures

There is a lot of discussion on the other types of tooth replacement such as implants or bridges, but for some patients, dentures are the right choice. Age, number of missing teeth, and lifestyle can all impact what type of tooth replacement is the best fit for a particular individual. Some of the advantages of dentures over other tooth replacement procedures include:

  • Dentures are removable. Dentures can be removed at night to be cleaned. This allows for a more thorough cleaning than a simple brushing.
  • Dentures are less restrictive. Because dentures can be removed, there are less dietary restrictions than there may be with other procedures. A patient can simply remove their dentures before eating a sticky, hard to chew food without risking damaging their artificial teeth.
  • Dentures can replace multiple teeth at once. For patients who have lost multiple teeth, dentures are often the best option. Dentures can replace several teeth at once. Full dentures can replace all the teeth in a row, if needed.
  • No need for extra procedures. Sometimes before being able to get dental implants, a patient will need a bone graft. With a denture, there is no need for time-consuming surgeries or restoration.

Dentures are a good option for patients who have lost multiple teeth or who are looking for a less invasive replacement option.

Types of Dentures

For patients in the Burke, Virginia who are considering dentures, Burke Dental offers a variety of types of devices and materials. Burke dental offers full, partial, and implant-supported dentures. The type of denture that will be recommended depends on a patient’s specific needs and requirements.

  • Full Dentures are when all of a patient’s teeth have already been removed or when it is decided that any remaining teeth should be removed. The artificial teeth are designed to slip into the empty mouth cavity and take the place of the missing teeth. Full dentures can be made up of one row of teeth or both. This type of denture is easily removable.
  • Partial Dentures are an option when only some of the teeth need to be replaced. In the case of partial dentures, an artificial frame will gain support and retention from the patient’s remaining teeth, which will secure the dentures. The artificial teeth will then be attached to the frame and the resulting partial denture can be removed at night and for cleaning purposes.
  • Implant-Supported Dentures are a hybrid between dental implants and dentures. This procedure involves placing four to six dental implants into the jawbone.  A denture is designed to attach to the implants, being retained either by friction-retained gaskets or by screws.  When a denture is held in place by friction-based gaskets, the patient can snap the denture in place and unsnap it to remove it from the mouth.  A screw-retained denture is placed by a dentist and stays in the mouth unless removed by a dentist.  Screw-retained, implant-supported dentures are normally fabricated with a titanium bar embedded in the base of the denture in order to add structural integrity to the denture and to better distribute the forces across the implants. This creates a strong support foundation for the dentures.  In order to be a valid option, implant-supported dentures do require adequate healthy jawbone.

In addition to the three varieties of dentures, Burke Dental offers three types of denture material. Acrylic, Porcelain, and Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal. Acrylic Dentures are very made of an artificial material and are very durable, however, they do not look as natural as some of the alternatives. Porcelain Dentures are the most natural looking because porcelain is able to mimic the appearance of natural teeth. However, porcelain can also be more fragile than other options. This is why many people choose Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal, which is a metal base with a porcelain cover. This type of denture is still fairly natural looking and is more sturdy than the pure porcelain alternative.


Choosing Dentures

Patients in the Burke, Virginia area who are dealing with multiple tooth loss should make an appointment for a consultation. Our team at Burke Dental will help our patients choose the right option for them, whether that be implants, dental bridges, or dentures. Our team will go over the advantages and disadvantages of each option to make sure that our patients make the choice that best suits their individual needs.


Who Should Get Dentures

Dentures aren’t the right choice for all patients. For younger patients with minimal tooth loss, dental implants or dental bridges are probably a better choice. Dentures are best for older patients and for ones who need to replace several teeth at once. Dentures are also a good choice for patients who want the flexibility of being able to remove their artificial teeth. A consultation with our team will help patients decide if dentures are the right choice for them.


The Procedure

Once the choice has been made to go with dentures, impressions of the patient’s mouth will be made. The impressions will be used to make the dentures. In the case of partial dentures and implant-supported dentures, the dentures will need to fit in with the remaining natural teeth. In the case of full dentures, the dentures still need to fit the patient’s jaw properly.

Once the dentures have been made, the patient will be called into the office for another appointment. What happens at the second appointment depends on the type of denture chosen. If implant-supported dentures are chosen, implants may be inserted into the patient’s bone to support the dentures. This will generally be done under a local anesthetic, which will numb the area so the patient feels minimal pain.

After the support structure has been placed inside the patient’s mouth, Dr. Ghanavati will check the fit of the dentures and make any necessary adjustments. The patient will also be instructed on how to insert the dentures and given instructions on how to clean and care for their new dentures.



Recovery depends on the type of denture chosen. Patients who choose full dentures will likely have a faster recovery than those who choose implant-supported dentures. Regardless of which type is chosen, there is likely to be some discomfort for at least the first few days. Patients will also need time to get used to the feel of their new dentures and will need to adapt their eating and oral health and hygiene routines accordingly.


If You Are Considering Dentures, Please Contact Burke Dental Today!

Dentures aren’t the right choice for every patient. Some patients suffering from tooth loss are better off considering dental implants or bridges. However, for patients who are missing multiple teeth and who are looking for a convenient solution, dentures could be the right choice. The only way to know for sure is to make an appointment for a consultation so that you can discuss your options with the Burke Dental team of professionals. Appointments can be requested online or by calling our office at 703-978-6000.


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