At Merrell Smiles of Monroe, we provide top of the line dentures at an affordable price. Our dentures are made out of high-impact acrylic and closely resemble your natural teeth so you can smile with confidence. We work with a locally-owned lab that has been making dentures for 40+ years.
Dr. Merrell provides dentures, partials, and implant supported dentures.
What is a denture?
A denture is a removable dental appliance made to replace missing teeth. Dentures are made to resemble your natural teeth.
There are two types of dentures - complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.
A complete denture can be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional denture is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed (usually takes 4 to 6 weeks). During this time, the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.
Why would I need a denture?
If you're missing teeth, dentures can improve chewing, speech, and digestion in addition to enhancing your smile.
Complete Denture - Complete dentures are used when all teeth are missing in the arch.
Partial Denture - Partial dentures are used when several teeth are missing in an arch.
What does getting dentures involve?
The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over a period of several weeks. Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, Dr. Merrell will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.
It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty, however this will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
You will be given care instructions for your new dentures. Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.
Implant Supported Dentures
What is an implant supported denture?
Implant supported dentures, also known as "snap-in dentures" and "overdentures" are dentures affixed to dental implants in the patient's mouth. Implant supported dentures require dental implant surgery. The number of implants required will very depending on the patient. Once the implants are placed, the dentures are set over the dental implants. Implant supported dentures are more stable than regular dentures since they're anchored to the implants in the patient's mouth.
What are the benefits of implant supported (or snap-in) dentures?
Normally dentures move around left to right and front to back when people chew. With implant-supported dentures, the dentures will move around 99% less when the patient is chewing. This makes it easier to eat with dentures, and allows the patient to be more comfortable.
If you're interested in dentures, partial dentures, or implant supported dentures, call our office to schedule a consultation!