Dentures

What treatment is right for me?

If you are wondering, “What types of treatment does Local Start Dental offer?”, “What treatment is best for me?”, or “What can I expect with my oral care ?”, you’ve come to the right place.

Local Start Dental treatment plans are customized based on your needs. Our entire team exists to delight patients, including a dedication to safety, comfort, and cleanliness, including full COVID prevention procedures. Our dentists are specialists (Prosthodontists) with years of advanced clinical training, and our spacious clinic is a comfortable, clean, and welcoming environment. Read what our patients have to say about their experience at Local Start here.

Dentures

At Local Start Dental, we offer three types of denture and implant solutions:

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1. Complete Conventional Denture

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2. Implant Overdenture

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3. Implant Supported Fixed Denture Hybrids

Complete Conventional Denture

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This is a traditional denture that most people who are missing all of their teeth find the most affordable. But it does have some drawbacks over new denture types (see below)

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It rests on your gums

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For the upper denture, the roof of your mouth is covered to achieve retention (this allows your upper denture to resist gravity)

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It can be very challenging to achieve retention in the lower denture. Most people find it necessary to use denture glue

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Most cost-friendly option
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Less invasive

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A good choice if you smoke or have a medical condition that prevent you from having implants placed

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Covering the roof of your mouth might be uncomfortable (it causes some people to gag)

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For some patients, the lower denture is prone to move in the mouth, making it difficult to eat

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The foundation of the denture is compressible tissue (your gums) which makes your chewing efficiency and your biting force significantly lower
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Your jaw bones continue to shrink, making your denture harder to keep stable as you grow older
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It is a removable prosthesis (Food gets underneath and you must take them off at night)

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Spending money on denture glue

Implant Overdenture

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This is a removable prosthesis stabilized by dental implants

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Implants are placed in your jaw bone and allowed to heal. Then, an attachment is placed on the implants to allow the denture to snap in (like a snap button or a snap fastener)

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With a minimum of 4 implants, your upper denture becomes a U-shaped (Horse-Shoe shape). The roof of mouth is not covered as in complete dentures, which most patients appreciate as it allows for better speech and taste

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With a minimum of 2 implants in your lower denture, your unstable lower dentures become more retentive and more comfortable

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A mid-priced solution that provide substantial benefits over traditional dentures.
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Dentures are stable
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The upper denture becomes a U-Shape, with no need for covering the roof of your mouth
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Your jaw bone is preserved (unlike conventional dentures)
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Bite force and chewing efficiency are significantly better as the implants act as hard stops
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The prosthesis is still removable and food still might get underneath the prosthesis
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Every 6 months to a year patients will have to come back to the dental office to get their implant attachments readjusted

Implant Supported Fixed Denture Hybrids

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This is a fixed prosthesis stabilized by dental implants. You cannot remove it from your mouth, but your dentist will remove it during your hygiene and follow up visits
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The prosthesis is screwed down into the healed implants

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With a minimum of 4 implants for either your upper or lower denture, you will have a fixed prosthesis that will be the closest treatment option we have when you compare it to natural teeth

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Dentures are fixed; this is the only option that allows you to sleep with the prostheses in place

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The dentures are the least bulky, leaving more room in your mouth for your tongue

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Your jaw bone is preserved, unlike conventional dentures
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Bite force and chewing efficiency are significantly better as the implants act as hard stops
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You cannot remove the prosthesis yourself; cleaning may be more difficult compared to a conventional denture
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Our Patient Care Coordinator will speak with you about your treatment plan and answer any questions you may have. Local Start dentists are also happy to answer your questions and want you to feel comfortable and confident about your treatment plan.