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Full and Partial Dentures in Memphis

Tooth loss can be a devastating experience, especially when you lose multiple teeth.  It can not only impact normal function, including your ability to eat and speak, but it can dramatically change your appearance and damage your self-esteem.  The good news is, you don’t have to succumb to partial or complete tooth loss.

With help from the caring and qualified team at Wohrman Dental Group, you can regain your smile, improve oral function, and boost confidence in as little as a day, with same-day dentures.  We’re pleased to offer both partial and full dentures in Memphis, ensuring that every patient has access to solutions that meet their particular needs.  What are partial and full dentures and how do they differ?

Partial dentures are false teeth attached to a flexible gum-colored acrylic base.  The custom plate is removable and it comfortably clips into place on the gums and adjacent teeth, similar to a retainer worn after orthodontic braces are removed.


Partial dentures are used to replace several missing teeth in a row.  Whether you’ve lost teeth to accident, injury, illness, or other causes, the last thing you want is a large gap between remaining teeth, as this can lead to misalignment from adjacent teeth leaning into the gap, or even ongoing dental health issues, and possibly further tooth loss.

Full dentures are similar, but they’re used to replace an entire row of missing teeth along the upper or lower jaw, or both.  They are typically secured by a denture adhesive that provides lasting hold throughout the day, although modern techniques also allow for implants (usually four, placed along the jawline) designed to anchor full denture plates securely without the need for adhesive.

At Wohrman Dental Group, our goal is always to improve oral health, dental function, and confidence in your appearance.  With suitable dentures, you can restore your dazzling smile after tooth loss and eat, drink, talk, and laugh knowing that no one is the wiser.


Convenient Same-Day Dentures

Traditionally, patients that have to undergo tooth extraction before receiving dentures experience a waiting period, intended to allow the jaw and soft tissue adequate time to heal.  During this time, custom dentures are created using impressions, or molds, taken after tooth extraction.


However, the recovery period could take up to 8-12 weeks, and many patients simply can’t bear to go about their normal daily activities with teeth missing, especially if gaps include highly visible front teeth.  Because our smiles are such an important part of social interactions, you may naturally feel embarrassed or uncomfortable smiling or socializing with missing teeth.

This is why Wohrman Dental Group is pleased to offer same-day dentures, delivering the instant results that allow you to resume your regular life without interruptions.  Instead of waiting days or weeks between the extraction and denture fitting process, we’ll take impressions before extracting teeth and use the molds to create your custom dentures.  When the process is complete, you’ll come in for an appointment to extract teeth and fit your new dentures.

This allows you to begin learning to eat and speak with your new teeth immediately.  However, you will still have to recover from tooth extraction, so it’s crucial to follow post-operative instructions diligently.  In addition, you can expect some recession of the jaw bone and gums after the extraction process, so you’ll likely have to go through some adjustments down the road to ensure comfortable and securely-fitted denture plates.

Benefits of Choosing Dentures in Memphis

Dentures are only one option when it comes to replacing missing teeth.  What makes them better than other solutions, like dental implants?  The main reasons you might choose dentures is that they provide a non-invasive means of replacing lost teeth, with no surgical procedures involved, and they can be fitted immediately, while dental implants could require several months of surgical procedures and recovery.

In addition, each tooth will require an individual implant, which can get pricey if you’re replacing several or all of your teeth.  Considering you can also choose a hybrid option, with just a few implants to securely support a denture plate, there are a lot of reasons to lean toward dentures as a permanent tooth replacement solution.  That said, getting full or partial dentures in Memphis will not help to stop your jaw bone from receding, as implants do, which could mean that you need periodic adjustments to ensure a comfortable and secure fit for dentures.

You’ll simply have to consider all your options and choose the tooth replacement solution that best suits your needs and preferences.  The knowledgeable and experienced team at Wohrman Dental Group is always available to address your questions and concerns so you can make informed decisions about your oral health.

How do Dentures Work?

By and large, dentures work the same as your normal teeth.  However, because they are removable, they may shift during eating.  For this reason, you’ll want to avoid hard, tough, or sticky foods, such as carrots, popcorn, tough meats, candy, caramel, and more.  Many of your favorite foods can still be enjoyed if you cut them into small pieces for easier chewing.

Which Type of Dentures are Right for Me?

When you decide that dentures in Memphis are the ideal solution for tooth loss, you might think it’s as easy as choosing a partial denture to replace a few missing teeth or a full denture to replace and entire row of teeth.

However, you must first consider the cause of your tooth loss and whether it’s likely that you’ll lose more teeth as a result of, say, dental decay or ongoing illness.  If so, you may want to skip months or years of oral pain and limited function, extracting remaining teeth and choosing full instead of partial dentures.  The experts at Wohrman Dental Group are always available to discuss your options so you can make the best decisions regarding your oral health.


Denture Care

Because dentures are removable, they’re easy to care for.  If you want your dentures to remain attractive and functional for years to come, you need to remove them daily and clean them with products designed specifically for this purpose.  Regular checkups can help to ensure that your dentures remain comfortable and in good working condition.


How Long Do Dentures Last?

With proper care, your dentures could last as long as 10-15 years, or even longer.  Implant supported dentures could last 10-20 years or more.  Before you choose partial or full dentures in Memphis, take the time to discuss your options with the caring and experienced team at Wohrman Dental Group to ensure that you have the information you need to make the best possible decision for you.