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What are dentures?

A denture is a removable appliance that replaces missing teeth and covers surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures available are complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.


Complete dentures

Complete dentures can be either "conventional" or "immediate." A conventional denture is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal. This type of denture is ready for placement in the mouth within a few weeks after the teeth have been removed.

Unlike conventional dentures, immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth have been removed. An advantage an immediate denture is the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. A disadvantage of immediate dentures, is they require more adjustments during the initial healing process. Immediate dentures need more adjustments because bones and gums shrink during the initial healing period following tooth removal. Both types of dentures offer advantages depending on the needs of the patient.

Please feel free to ask our office for additional information regarding immediate and conventional dentures. 765-747-9545

Partial dentures

A removable partial denture often consists of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base. This partial is connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. Not only does a partial denture fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from changing position.

Are there alternatives to dentures, such as dental implants?

Yes, dental implants may be used to support dentures or by themselves as an alternative to wearing a removable full or partial denture.

The cost is usually greater, but implants more closely resemble the look and feel of natural teeth. Dr. Clark has provided the restoration and management of dental implants for over 20 years. He attends continuing education courses on this topic annually to stay abreast of current research and protocols. There are many exciting options available to help patients who have lost their natural teeth.

We are more than happy to provide a complimentary denture/implant consultation by simply calling our office at 765-747-9545.

Thomas Clark
Family Dentistry

3410 West Purdue
Muncie, IN 47304


Our philosophy utilizes a caring team approach to provide our patients with the highest level of dental care, comfort, function, and appearance in a friendly family environment.

At Thomas R. Clark, DDS Family Dentistry, we believe success is measured by satisfied patients, and we hope to become your dentist for life.