Complete and partial Dentures

Dr. Nirmaldeep Brar has extensive experience of several years in  providing complete and partial dentures to his patients. We have provided few routinely asked questions from our patients.

QuestionWhat is an immediate denture?

Answer. An immediate denture is a denture that is delivered at the time of removal of teeth.

Question. What are the  advantages of  an immediate denture?

Answer. The main advantage of an immediate denture is  that the patient does not have to be without teeth for any duration. An immediate denture is a healing denture that helps in maintaining  appearance and function for the patient until he gets permanent denture. In addition, an immediate denture helps in healing by acting as a band-aid on sore gum tissues. Furthermore, according to many studies, if a patient wears healing denture for a few months, he has less difficulty in getting used to replacement denture .

Question.What are the disadvantages of an immediate denture?

Answer.The advantages of wearing immediate denture surpass of disadvantages of not getting one. Some disadvantages are sore gums for few weeks, loose denture due to healing, difficulty in chewing and talking etc. The disadvantages of immediate denture decreased with healing. The patient learn to talk and eat with denture within few weeks. An immediate denture can be soft relined to make it fit better. After complete healing in 5-6 months, a new permanent complete denture is a recommended procedure. On the other hand, if a patient is happy  with the appearance and occlusion of an immediate denture, he can get it hard relined to complete the denture procedure.

Question.What is  a replacement complete denture?

Answer.A replacement complete denture is a denture that is made after complete healing of gum tissues. Normally a patient should wait for 5-6 months  after removal of all teeth before he can get a permanent or replacement denture.

Question.How many appointments does it take to make a replacement complete denture?

Answer.These are the appointments that a patient normally need to get a complete replacement denture.

Appointment 1:-  Diagnosis and treatment planning for fabrication of complete denture.

Appointment 2:-  Making a mould of your gums (First impression).

Appointment 3:-    Checking the height of gums and supporting tissues with the help of wax (wax bite in).

Appointment 4:-  Evaluating shade, shape, size and occlusion of teeth in wax (wax teeth try-in).

Appointment 5:-  If the patient is happy with the appearance of teeth and occlusion(bite) then delivery of complete denture.

Appointment 6 :- Reevaluation and providing needed adjustments at future visits.

Above appointments do not apply to every case as many cases denture can be fabricated in 3-4 steps.

Question.How long does it  take to get a complete denture from beginning to end.

Answer. A complete denture can be fabricated in 2-4 weeks depending on many factors such as availability of the dentist and the patient, lab processing, adjustments or reevaluations needed and difficulty of a case. 

  • Cast partial dentures
  • Metal free partial dentures.
  • Implant over-dentures.
  • Soft reline.
  • Hard reline.
  • Denture repairs.


These are some of the questions that we received through emails.

Question.Tina from Gary, Indiana sent us an email to ask about her lower denture. She asked, “Why does my lower denture move when I eat ? What can I do to make it fit better and should I get dental implants?

Answer.There are so many patients like her that have lower complete denture and are not happy with the. There are different reasons for most complaints about lower denture. Some of the reasons of problems with lower dentures are:-

  1. Once we get all our lower teeth removed, we keep losing bone in the lower jaw. The effects of losing jaw bone are seen more in the lower jaw than the upper jaw. 
  2. With aging the height of lower jaw bone reduces very quickly and that leads to poorly fitting lower denture. As we know, dentures need adequate bone height for proper retention and stability , the reduced bone height makes denture stay stable in mouth.
  3. Lower jaw is movable so whenever teeth in the lower denture come in contact with opposing teeth, the biting forces make lower dentures move.
  4. Tongue is a strong muscle that affects fit of lower denture. During talking and eating the movement of tongue dislodges the lower denture from it stable position.

To counter these problems, American dental association strongly recommend placement of at least 2 implants in lower jaw so denture can be fit securely on lower jaw bone.

If you have any questions  about dentures please call us at 219-924-7733. To get more information about our complete denture packages we also offer free denture consultation at our location in Griffith, In. We have Economy, Standard and premium acrylic denture services at “Smiles By Gentle Dental”.

We also can customized dentures to your fit without breaking your bank