Dentures 101

Dentures are grouped in 2 categories:
  1. Conventional Non Implant Retained    These dentures are held in place by suction on the upper and the ridge of bone and tissue on the lower.  Partial Dentures are also held in by clasps on the adjacent natural teeth.
  2. Implant Retained    Implants are placed into the bone of the jaw and corresponding attachments into the denture.  There are 2 types; Removable and Non-Removable.  Both of these options provide the closest function of natural teeth that you can get and are a much more secure Denture.

There are also 2 basic techniques in the fabrication of dentures; Standard and Precision (Complex).


The traditional method of obtaining a patients bite pattern and the resulting models being mounted onto a non-adjustable articulator that reproduces the movements of the jaw in an up and down motion.  The resulting denture is based on an average person’s measurements and jaw function.

Precision (Complex)

Uses a Facebow to measure the position of a patient’s upper ridge in relation to the condyles of their jaw, and a Pin Tracer to record the lateral movement of the jaw. These patient specific measurements are then transferred to an adjustable articulator, mimicking the jaw movement in a multi-dimensional pattern.  The measurements are used to find the patients ideal ridge relationship for bite function and power.  Examples of Precision dentures are the BPS and Implant Retained Dentures.

Materials and Teeth

We use the highest quality materials available – always keeping in mind our patients sensitivities and health.   As technology constantly changes, so do the choices of teeth available.  We constantly strive to find the best natural looking teeth that will perform in the long term.


On average 3-5 appointments are required to make a set of dentures (Complete or Partials).  It is possible to combine some of the appointments at the beginning of the treatment to accommodate emergencies and out of town patients.

Life of a Denture

New Dentures are recommended every 5-7 years. Permanent Relines every 2-3 years in between new dentures.