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Complete Dentures

Complete Dentures

Patients with no natural teeth left must resort to using a prosthetic device (denture) that is designed to replace their natural teeth. Historically, removable dentures were the norm, but they were far from ideal solutions. There was often less than optimal functionality (bite), gradual resorbtion of the upper and/or lower jaws and an increased fragility of the remaining jaw bone. Aesthetically, the bone resorbtion creates the visibly recessed jaw line that becomes evident when the dentures are removed. Despite the shortcomings of this treatment solution and our recommendation to work with implant supported dentures whenever possible, there are cases and circumstances where removable dentures are the only alternative. In those instances, Dr. Shaw works closely with the dental lab technicians to ensure that the design of the dentures is comfortable and functional.