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Beautiful, Natural-Looking Dentures

When you think of dentures, you may picture thick, clunky, unnatural-looking teeth. But Dr. Steve Callan can create a set of dentures that will be both comfortable and natural looking. You don’t want people to know that you have false teeth, and he understands that. And if you thought you couldn’t manage to pay for good quality dentures, you’ll find we not only use first-rate materials and methods, we also strive to provide reasonable fees and affordable payment plans.

Natural, Comfortable Dentures

Materials matter in the creation of natural-looking dentures, so we use good quality materials that will provide you with years of comfortable service. And the philosophy of the dentist comes into play in with dentures as well. One philosophy says that dentures should not be too beautiful because they won’t look natural. But Dr. Callan doesn’t believe that. He will provide you with dentures that look the way you want them to look, and our dentures procedure will help you achieve a smile you’ll love.

Our Procedure

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How Dentures Fit

Dr. Callan will begin by discussing you how you want your dentures to look, the color and shapes of the teeth. Then he will begin with impressions designed to accurately reproduce the shapes of your jaws in plaster models. A wax rim will then be created that will comfortably fit over your gums, and he will use those to take measurements of your jaw, to establish the correct amount of mouth opening to give you a comfortable bite. Then teeth will be set in the wax. The illustration on the left shows how they will fit over the gums. The teeth used will be the actual teeth that will become part of your denture. You’ll be able to see exactly how they will look, and Dr. Callan will check the bite and the fit and calibrate the amount of opening of your jaw. He will obtain a bite registration. The teeth will then be set on an instrument called an articulator that reproduces the movements of your jaw and the denture teeth you have selected will then be set in wax. With them set in wax, Dr. Callan will try them in, testing the bite and also testing how the dentures affect your speech so that they are as natural as possible. Any adjustments that are needed will be made before the teeth are processed into the permanent base. The dental laboratory will then process the denture in a quality acrylic material.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Dr. Callan also provides implant-supported dentures, which provide improved stability and retention. But you will never be pressured to go with one solution or the other. An upper denture covers the upper palate and is held in place by suction. With the palate covered, some people find it a bit more difficult to speak clearly. Also, there are taste buds present in the palate, so covering it can reduce your eating enjoyment. On the lower, since there is no way to achieve suction there, the lower denture is held more loosely with gravity, and is controlled by the tongue and cheeks. It can take time to train the muscles to do this with consistency, and there are sometimes slips. In addition, chewing efficiency is much lower with removable dentures. While some people get along fine with this, others want a more advanced solution. Securing the dentures with dental implants effectively removes these problems for most people.

Give us a call or complete our online Request an Appointment form, and let us call you at a convenient time. We’ll answer your questions and help you find a time that works for your schedule.