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Partial Dentures

Drs. Joe McIntyre and Dan Whiting at Smiles for Life Dental Care offer high-quality restorations that complete your smile and balance your bite.

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Understanding Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are designed to fill in the gaps in your smile while comfortably fitting around your teeth.

Patients who have lost multiple teeth due to trauma, decay, or disease will need a dental restoration to fill the gaps in their smile. A popular, affordable option is a traditional partial denture. Made of acrylic, these removable restorations are secured in place with metal clasps attached to adjacent teeth. In certain cases, this appliance may also be attached to dental implants.

If you do not opt for dental implants, the teeth adjacent to the gap will help to anchor the partial denture. As such, any decay or defects affecting these teeth will need to first be addressed with appropriate treatment.

Understanding Partial Dentures

Advantages of Partial Dentures

As a restoration designed to replace multiple teeth, traditional partial dentures confer a number of notable benefits, such as:

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Candidacy for Partial Dentures

Most patients missing multiple teeth on their upper or lower dental arch can qualify for a partial denture. Your doctor will review your oral and medical health in order to determine the most conservative method of treatment. In some cases, they may recommend other treatments before a denture.

Patients with one missing tooth, for example, are generally better suited to a traditional bridge or implant-supported dental crown. Some patients may need badly damaged teeth removed while others may have teeth salvaged with another restorative treatment, such as a dental filling. Together, you and your dentist can create a treatment plan that takes into account your oral health, budget, and lifestyle.

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Creating Your Partial Denture

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After you have received any necessary preparatory treatments, your doctor can take detailed images of your teeth and gums. Using this information, the lab will fabricate your customized device, a process which usually takes a few weeks.

When the prosthetic is ready, you can return to have the partial denture placed. At this time, your dentist will ensure that the device fits in aesthetically with your natural smile and complements your bite patterns to avoid jaw pain and other oral health concerns.

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The Process of Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are a popular and effective solution for replacing multiple missing teeth. If you're considering this dental restoration, understanding the process can help you feel more informed and prepared.
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Initial Consultation

The first step in the process is scheduling an initial consultation with your dentist. During this visit, your dentist will evaluate your oral health, assess your remaining natural teeth, and determine if partial dentures are the right treatment option for you. They will discuss your goals, answer any questions you may have, and provide you with an overview of the treatment process.
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Impressions and Customization

These impressions serve as a mold for creating your custom partial dentures. Your dentist will use advanced techniques to capture accurate impressions, ensuring a precise fit and optimal comfort. They will also work with you to select the appropriate color, shape, and size of the denture teeth to achieve a natural and aesthetic appearance.
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Dental Laboratory Fabrication

Highly skilled technicians will use the impressions as a guide to fabricate your partial dentures with meticulous attention to detail. The dental laboratory will create a model of your mouth, carefully positioning the artificial teeth in the right places to restore your smile's functionality and aesthetics.
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Fitting and Adjustments

The Dentist will make any necessary adjustments to ensure proper alignment and functionality. These adjustments may involve modifying the shape of the denture base or refining the bite relationship between your upper and lower teeth.
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Final Placement and Guidance

Your dentist will also provide you with guidance on how to care for your dentures properly, including cleaning techniques, dietary considerations, and maintenance routines. They will address any concerns or questions you may have, ensuring you have the knowledge and confidence to manage your new dentures effectively.
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Follow-up Appointments

These appointments allow your dentist to evaluate the adaptation of your gums and make any necessary adjustments. It is crucial to attend these follow-up visits as they play a vital role in ensuring the long-term success of your partial dentures.
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LaDawn Knicely

Cathy is always amazing. She remembers personal care details about my visit each time which shows me that she is a great listener, she has heard me and follows through with such care.

Cathy Ryan

I had Dr. Whiting for the first time and the practice will be in excellent hands when Dr. McIntire retires in Sept. He was profesional yet had an engaging demeanor when interacting with me. What makes this practice exceptional is the support staff- the welcoming friendliness of the front desk and the business office personnel. In particular, I would like to give high praises to the dental technician, Faith. She is warm, engaging and puts you at ease. She educates you during the whole process and is extremely knowledgeable about the procedures. Without a doubt, this is the best dental practice in the Valley.

Howard Dean

Dr. Whiting and staff did an excellent job. They were respectful, professional, and very helpful during the process of getting some dental implants. They expedited my appointments to get my new teeth before Father’s Day. Very happy with the results!

Susan Hairston

Dr. Mac performed a small miracle for me yesterday during my appointment. I was having an issue with my temporary bridge and he squeezed me in with his other patients to fix it. He went to great lengths to help me and I am very grateful. Thank you SFL!!

Dottie Westhafer

I had every intention of shopping around before committing to the extensive dental work I needed. However, after visiting the practice and seeing how dedicated they were to making life changing improvement for their patients, I looked no further. It is a process, starting with evaluations, recommendations, x-rays and scheduling. Beginning with my first appointment I marveled at the kindness, care and professionalism I received. I was taken care of skillfully and gently as we began my transformation. Today, June 6, 2024, I left their office with a beautiful smile without discoloration, wear, and misaligned teeth, and I now have a corrected bite and completely restored teeth that I am proud to show. Dr. Geo is very caring and meticulous, striving to complete his work with skill and perfection. I’m so glad that I came to Smiles For Life.

Charles Kimbrough

Smiles for Life has taken care of my dentistry needs for the last 6 years or so. Other offices in the past have had difficult times fitting me in when I needed an appointment. That hasn’t been the case here. Today, I needed to reschedule my appointment for next Monday, and they had an opening today with Cathy Batton instead of my regular hygienist. Cathy does a great job with years of experience and has a way about her to make you feel comfortable.

Linda Clague

Alex, . Morgan, and Dr Geo are very personable and professional. I felt very relaxed the entire visit.I especially appreciated Dr. Geo's careful mouth and teeth exam. They explained everything step by step and allowed time for questions.


On my first visit I meet Becky, we sat down and talked about everything they do there and she allowed me to tell her about my issues with my teeth and she felt that they could help me with my problem. This is the first time I have ever been able to explain, in detail, about my past and present experiences with my dental problems. She made me feel very comfortable in taking about my care and what I would like to have done with my denture issue's. I have set up my next appointment to have x-rays done and feel very good about that! I'm looking forward to my visit and what they have to say about fixing my problem .

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