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Posted in Cosmetic, Dental, Dentures, Smile Designs with tags , , , , , , , on June 27, 2011 by dukeslc

Have you been considering dentures in  Salt Lake City, UT? If so, come on in to Dental Designs of Salt Lake and meet with Dr. David Duke and his team for a free consultation today.

Below is some information about dentures along with its advatages and disadvantages. If you have any questions regarding dentures please feel free to give us a call at (801)355-2202.


What are Dentures?

Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth typically made out of an acrylic resin which at times incorporate porcelain or metal for additional structural support. There are two main types of dentures. Both Complete Dentures and Partial Dentures are finely crafted, custom-fitted. If you properly maintain your dentures they will appear natural and provide a perfect smile. Additionally, dentures help strengthen muscles controlling your expressions that require the support of your teeth, rid you of pronunciation problems caused by missing teeth and aid with chewing.

Who is a candidate for dentures?

If you’ve lost, or are losing, all of your teeth a Complete Denture is something to discuss with your cosmetic dentist. If some of your teeth remain and are healthy, a partial denture may be your way to a great smile.

This procedure should be thoroughly discussed with your dentist as there are several personal and medical factors to take into consideration. You may instead be a candidate for dental bridges and dental implants as optional procedures.

Types of Dentures

Complete Dentures

These replace all of your teeth, upper or lower. Their comfort depends on muscle, bones, tongue, and saliva. Patients begin wearing conventional dentures after healing the teeth that were pulled.

Immediate Dentures

Immediate Dentures are placed all at once, and may require additional adjustments after the healing process. It can take months for your bone and tissue to stabilize after tooth extractions.

Upper Dentures

Upper Dentures, tend to be a bit easier to adjust to. These are made of the same materials as a Complete Denture, but are designed to provide you with upper teeth only.

Over Dentures

Over Dentures are a type of conventional denture similar to Complete Dentures. The difference is that not all teeth are extracted and they use one or more natural teeth for their support. This type provides greater stabilization during chewing. Over Dentures cost more and typically require more preparation dental appointments until the procedure is fully complete.

Partial Dentures

Designed to correct the gaps in your smile when only some of your teeth are missing. Metal attachments anchor the dentures to your natural teeth. Partial Dentures maintain tooth alignment by preventing your remaining teeth from shifting. Partial Dentures can also help prevent your loss of more teeth due to decay or gum disease.

Advantages & Disadvantages of Dentures

Pros and Cons of a Dentures


Dentures definitely provide a great smile with a very natural appearance. They’re made of very durable materials and last very long when properly taken care of. Typically dentures last from five to ten years. They also correct several problems, from speech to chewing, for many patients.


There’s no doubt that dentures take a little getting used to. There is maintenance involved, and initial speech issues to overcome (these are temporary and last only a couple of days). Mouth irritation or sores may occur, but are usually caused by poor dental hygiene, and not removing your dentures when needed. It is common that your mouth changes over the life of your dentures, so even though they last long, they may need to be replaced to achieve a better fit before they are worn out. With a denture a person typically chews at only 15-23% efficiency compared to a person chewing with their natural teeth. In the case of a full upper denture, the upper palate is covered which can reduce taste of foods you’re chewing.

Before Dentures Procedure
After Dentures Procedure

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Salt Lake City Dental Implants

Posted in Cosmetic, Dental, Implants with tags , , , , , on June 22, 2010 by dukeslc

What is a Dental Implant?

A Dental Implant is an artificial tooth root, typically made from titanium. It is placed in the bone and supports a restoration to replace the missing tooth or teeth. With today’s technology, virtually all Dental Implants are similar to an actual tooth root which aids in the placement and is less invasive than previous Dental Implants.

Why choose a Dental Implant?

If you are missing a tooth or many teeth, there are a number of options available to replace it.

  • One option is a Dental Bridge, which is made by crowning the two neighboring  teeth on either side of the missing tooth. A floating crown is attached between the two crowned teeth to replace the tooth. The disadvantage to a Dental Bridge is that it involves removing enamel from two possibly healthy teeth that may not need a restoration.
  • Dental Implants are another option to replacing teeth. The advantage to this is that it does not require an invasive procedure on neighboring teeth. A simple Implant is placed in the bone and is typically crowned to replace the missing tooth.

Dental Implants can also replace several teeth or can supply implant clasps for Denture attachments.

There are many variations and combinations that can be done with Dental Implants, the options are astounding!

 How is a Dental Implant Placed?

  1. The Dental Implant area is given anesthetic to numb the site. A very gentle implant drill is used to make room in the bone for the Implant.  The sterile Implant is placed in the bone and a small cap is placed on the implant to allow the gums to heal quickly.
  2. Once the Implant is placed, time must be given for the bone to regenerate and attach tightly to the Implant. This can vary from 3 to 6 months, depending on the person and any conditions that may exist. For some special cases, immediate restorations may be placed on Dental Implants the same day they are placed.
  3. Once the Implant is secure in the bone and the area is fully healed, an impression can be made for the Crown. The Implant Crown is made to look exactly like it’s neighboring teeth, thus making it nearly impossible for peers to notice the Implant and/or Crown.

Dr. David Duke has practiced dentistry for over 20 years and has received extensive additional training for Dental Implants. We have excellent success with all of our patients and would love to discuss any concerns or answer any questions you may have. Feel free to call our Salt Lake City Dental Office at 801-355-2202 and check out our website for additional information.