Partial and Full Dentures

denturesAt McGlone Dental Care we care for your smile. There are two main types of dentures – Full and Partial. We can help you choose the type of denture that’s best, whether some or all of your teeth are going to be replaced.

Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures can take some getting used to, and will never feel the same as one’s natural teeth, today’s dentures are normal looking and more comfortable than ever.

How Do Dentures Work?

With full dentures, a flesh-colored acrylic base fits over your gums, the base of the upper denture covers the roof of your mouth (the palate) while the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue.

Types of Dentures:

  1. Conventional Full Denture: A conventional full denture is placed in your mouth after any remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed.  Healing may take several months, during which time you are without teeth.
  2. Immediate Full Denture: An immediate full denture is inserted immediately after the remaining teeth are removed. We will take measurements and make models of your teeth and jaw. While immediate dentures offer the benefit of never having to be without your teeth, they must be relined several months after being inserted. The reason is the bone supporting the teeth reshapes as it heals, causing the dentures to become loose.
  3. Partial Denture: A partial denture rests on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth and serve as anchors for the denture. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges.

How Are Dentures Made?

The developmental process of a denture takes a few weeks and several appointments. Here’s the process you can expect:

  1. Make a series of impressions of your jaw and take measurements to relate to one another and to see how much space is in between the chewing surface.
  2. Create models and wax forms in the exact shape and position of the denture to be made. Try on model several times and the denture will be assessed for color, shape and fit before final denture is cast.
  3. The cast is your final denture.
  4. Adjustments will be made as necessary.

If you find yourself needing dentures or thinking about them, please think of McGlone Dental Care, we’d love to help you create the perfect fitting dentures.

Garage sale at our new building next Saturday, 7/30/16

We will be hosting a multi-family garage sale in the parking lot of our 2100 S. Lincoln Street property in Denver on Saturday, 7/30/2016.  We will be starting at 8 am.  If you love finding hidden treasures, please come and take a look and say hi.  We will have all sorts of items for sale; women’s clothing & shoes, men’s clothing & shoes, small kitchen appliances, dishes, some furniture, a large dog kennel, a couple of motorcycle helmets, various household goods, and much more!

If you need to make an appointment to come in and see the dentist, we can also make appointments while you’re shopping.  Win-Win!

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Anatomy of Your Mouth and Dental Structure

Anatomy of Your Mouth and Dental StructureThe anatomy of your mouth and dental structure includes the teeth, gums, tongue, palate, lips, cheeks, and floor of the mouth. Except for the teeth, the mouth is lined by mucous membranes. McGlone Dental Care in Denver takes care of it all for you.

Your teeth are held by the jaw bones and allow you to chew, talk, and shape your face. Children usually have 20 teeth and begin to develop their first permanent teeth by six years old. Adults usually have 32 permanent teeth.

There are different types of permanent teeth, each of which performs a specific function.

  • The front teeth are the central incisors. Adults have four central incisors; two on the upper and two on the lower arches. The teeth are sharp and help cut food.
  • The four lateral incisors are located next to the central incisors. These teeth have sharp edges for tearing food.
  • The sharp teeth located on either side of the lateral incisors are canine teeth. They can tear and bite food.
  • Eight teeth located next to the cuspids are premolars; two on each side of the mouth, four on the upper and four on the lower arches. These teeth tear and crush food.
  • The large teeth are Molars located in the back of the mouth behind the premolars. Adults have twelve molars (four being wisdom teeth), with six in the upper and six in the lower arches; three on each side of the mouth. Molars chew and grind food.
  • Wisdom teeth are the final four molars that most adults develop in the very back of the mouth. Wisdom teeth usually appear during the teen years but can develop at any time. Not all wisdom teeth have to be taken out, but because of the risk of overcrowding, infection or misalignment, they may need to be removed.

The anatomy of your mouth and dental structure also includes the gums, which are soft tissue in the mouth covering the bone holding the teeth in place. The gums are a protective barrier for the teeth and jaw bone.

The tongue is a muscular organ in the mouth attached at the bottom of the mouth by a membrane on its underside. The top surface of the tongue contains tiny nodules or bumps that include the taste buds.

The tongue helps us taste, chew, digest, swallow and speak.

The palate is the roof of the mouth. The hard palate is the immovable, solid area of the roof of the mouth attached to the teeth and gums. The soft palate, the flexible area of the mouth where the gag reflex occurs, is located behind the hard palate towards the back of the throat.

The cheeks are the sides of the mouth to the front of the face and lips. They are made up of subcutaneous fat, with the outside layer covered by skin and the inside mucous membrane. The cheek muscles help us smile, swallow, chew, and digest food.

The lips connect to the front of the cheeks and are the soft and pliable fleshy tissue. Skin covers the outside of the lips. The gums are attached to the lips inside the mouth that are covered by the mucous membrane. Blood vessels give lips their red color.

The tongue takes up most of the floor of the mouth. The floor of the mouth has mucous membranes, glands, and portions of the muscles of the tongue and nerves.

For complete care of your entire mouth, teeth and much more, contact McGlone Dental Care in Denver for an appointment.