Dentures are removable oral appliances used to replace missing teeth, provide functional support and restore aesthetics.

Dentures come in two types: full and partial. Partial dentures are used when there are some natural teeth remaining but numerous teeth are missing. They are fitted to fill empty spaces in the mouth and prevent the other teeth from moving. Full dentures, also known as complete dentures, are used when all of the teeth in the mouth are missing. They can also be fitted to dental implants for improved retention and function.

Complete dentures come in three variations: a traditional denture, an immediate denture and an implant-supported denture. Traditional dentures are created after all the teeth in the mouth have been extracted and the gum tissue has healed properly, typically around four to six weeks after removal. Patients usually go without teeth during this time, which allows the mouth to heal more quickly.

Immediate dentures, on the other hand, are placed in the mouth directly after the teeth are extracted so that the patient does not have to go without teeth during recovery. They are not as accurate of a fit because they are made prior to the extractions. Patients who choose this option will have to return to our office to have their dentures relined and adjusted after healing.

Implant-supported dentures are fabricated after the teeth have been extracted and several implants, which will be used as anchors for the denture, have been placed. A waiting period of four to six months will be required for the implants to stabilize in the bone prior to fabricating dentures, which will be made to custom fit to the implants. This is a great option and provides the best fit and function out of the denture options.


Why Use Dentures?


  • Custom fit
  • Improved functionality
  • A great solution for replacing many or all missing teeth


What to Expect When Getting Dentures:


Being fitted for dentures usually takes multiple appointments, and the entire denture process takes place over a period of a couple months. These appointments involve custom impressions, bite records and an opportunity to “try on” your dentures in wax, which helps our dentist ensure they are the right color and fit before they are fabricated. Once your final visit arrives, our dentist will adjust and place the finished denture, leaving you with a comfortable and functional smile.

Patients may feel sore and have difficulty speaking and chewing after the dentures are fitted, which is normal and will improve as your mouth gets used to your new oral appliance. Our dentist will give you instructions on denture care, which will help you maintain your dentures while keeping your mouth healthy.

To learn more about dentures, call our dental office in Spokane, Washington, at 509-327-8681 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nicolas Gallegos today.