Dentures

High-Quality Full & Partial Dentures in Scottsdale, AZ

Dentures are natural-looking, comfortable and a removable replacement option for your decayed or missing teeth. Dentures replace teeth when a full arch is damaged beyond repair. A removable partial replaces some teeth in the arch that are missing but some natural teeth remain. The partial replaces only the teeth that are missing. Whether you are missing all of your teeth or just a few, you are a candidate for a removable denture or removable partial.

At Smile Arizona Dentistry, we have helped improve over a thousand smiles throughout the Scottsdale area with our aesthetically crafted and perfectly fitting denture products. Our denture products are made of high-quality materials, and we take extreme care in making them comfortable, highly functional, and natural-looking.

We are conveniently located off Thomas Road exit of Highway 101, just east of Scottsdale Road, and can be reached in minutes from Phoenix, Tempe, and Mesa.

Denture Solutions at Our Scottsdale Dental Office

A dentist showing the denture model to us

Denture Solutions at Our Scottsdale Dental Office

At Smile Arizona Dentistry, we have the best denture solutions for you. Below are the types of dentures we provide at our Scottsdale-based dental care facility.

Removable Partial Dentures (RPDs)

  • RPDs are made of gum-colored bases that hold replacement teeth and attach to the adjoining natural teeth by a metal framework called precision attachments.
  • RPD’s are ideal for those who want to replace one or more missing teeth either in the upper or lower jaw.
  • RPDs are slim and strong, and they conduct heat and cold, which helps the denture feel natural in the mouth
  • There are metal free option for RPD’s that improve already terrific smiles if the goal is to have no metal showing whatsoever.

Removable Full Dentures (RFDs)

  • A full upper denture is held in position by forming a seal with suction to the bone ridges, palate “roof of the mouth” and gums in the mouth. Most can function excellent with an upper denture.
  • A full lower denture has more challenges with regards to stability and often a patient will elect to add two or more anchors to the lower denture treatment plan. This way, the lower denture can snap in place and be more stable and functional than without these anchors. The anchors are called dental implants and there is more information about dental implants below.
  • A full or complete denture is recommended when you have lost all teeth or have need them removed due to decay, pain, infection or advanced gum disease with mobility.

Implant Retained Dentures (IRD)

  • IRD are a more highly-functional and effective tooth replacement solution where the denture is attached to and supported by small titanium dental implants or posts.
  • Implants require enough healthy & sufficient jawbone height to support implants
  • Implants are ideal for those who want to improve denture stability and bite function.

What’s Our Denture Process at Smile Arizona Dentistry?

A patient getting examined for denture needs

What’s Our Denture Process at Smile Arizona Dentistry?

Receiving a denture requires 4 to 5 visits to your dentist here and generally takes at least 4 weeks or even more depending on your condition, preferences, and the type of denture you choose.

Getting dentures involves the following steps:

1. Preparing Your Teeth to Receive Partials

During the first visit, we will evaluate your need for any tooth replacement and perform a complete dental examination to make sure your soft tissue and gums are healthy to receive and support dentures. We take radiographs (“X-rays”) to ensure there are no difficulties in the underlying jawbones. Additional procedures like tooth extraction, reshaping the bone, or removing the excess soft tissue might also be needed to ensure the best fit possible. If you need partials, each remaining tooth must be healthy before starting to fabricate and adding a partial removable denture.

We will discuss the size, color, and shape of replacement teeth with you. We make an initial impression of your gums to create custom dentures for you. You will never be “without” teeth. If all or the remaining teeth need to be extracted in the arch, the same day the teeth are extracted, you will have an immediate denture placed to always have your smile. After a proper healing time frame 3-6 months typically, a reline will be needed due to shrinkage where the teeth were extracted.

During the healing process, dentures, partials and especially immediate dentures require adjustments, including soft (temporary) and hard (more permanent) relining procedures to accommodate the changes in the underlying bone structure and gums. It is recommended to regularly visit your dentist for adjustments until your custom dentures are functioning well. Further even with no remaining natural teeth, please visit us every six months. We professionally sonic clean your denture(s) or partial(s), check your bite, fit and function and complete an oral tissue check and cancer screening. Catching disease processes early and quickly can limit future needs.

2. Placing the Dentures

We will replace immediate dentures with final dentures once healing is complete to begin a new set. Before placing the final dentures, we will re-examine your mouth to make sure it is healed and ready to receive the improved fitting dentures.

3. Follow-Up Appointments

Follow-up visits are required as your dentures typically require minor adjustments to get the level of comfort desired free of mouth irritations. It will take time to get used to dentures. Each patient is different and you need to be kind and patient to yourself during this healing. Everything will feel normal when you get adapted to dentures.

What Are the Advantages of Dentures?

  • Dentures can restore your smile and confidence quickly and this generally is the most economical option.
  • Loss of teeth can impact your facial appearance and cause your facial muscles to sag. However, dentures can improve your facial appearance by providing a beautiful and healthy smile and filling out your face to a more youthful appearance.
  • Dentures are designed to function as close to natural teeth as possible, so you can eat and speak clearly.
  • Dentures are customized to match the color, size, and shape of your natural teeth, so they will look natural.

How Much Do Dentures Cost?

The final cost of dentures will depend on many factors. Questions that factor into pricing include:

  • Do you require full or partial dentures?
  • Is tooth extraction required?
  • Are any remaining natural teeth requiring treatment?
  • Do you need extra work on your gums? Do you need a routine cleaning or a “deep cleaning”?
  • Are you electing to have any dental implants placed to improve retention and function?
  • Do you have any dental assistance or “insurance”?
  • What are the guidelines on your particular “insurance” regarding coverage? Plans vary for many procedures and it is based on what the employer has paid for and the plan ultimately allows. For example, does it cover implant placement, is there a missing tooth clause? Insurance companies pick and choose randomly what they will and will not cover and frankly are out to make money on you the patient; we will help you get the most of your benefits as you work hard for your coverage.

Once you have had an exam with films (X-rays) our dentists can provided a detailed plan with your input for desired outcome, then our front office team will be able to provide a treatment plan with an accurate cost if you have no dental “insurance” coverage, and a good ESTIMATE if you do have dental insurance.

What Are the Alternatives for Dentures?

Girl holding dental implant model

What Are the Alternatives for Dentures?

At Smile Arizona Dentistry, we have other options besides dentures for your missing teeth—dental implants and dental bridges. Dental implants and bridges are also extremely popular options for replacement of one, a few, or all missing teeth. Implants and bridges are a more permanent solution than dentures, and they also carry many benefits with the main benefit being that they are FIXED (not removable). Bridges and implants feel more like natural teeth. Many select dentures for their care however over these more desirable outcome procedures because of their lower cost and somewhat less non-invasive procedures.

Dentures FAQs

A denture can last 5 to 8 years. A denture typically needs to be relined at 2-5 years. A denture typically should be replaced at 5-10 years.

Dentures should be adjusted several times when you first receive them, only then you can get the proper fit you require. Getting new dentures are recommended even when you have a slight change in your jaw shape or alignment.

Regular dental visits for examination (EVERY 6 months) and professional cleaning of the denture(s) or partial(s) are required every 6 months or as suggested by your dentist. With any natural teeth, you may need 2 to four hygiene (“cleaning”) visits a year. Your dentist will examine your mouth, teeth, and gums including any dentures or partial to check for fit, function, and any signs of infection or any oral disease as well as professionally clean them.

Yes, you will always have teeth if this is your goal. We plan and prepare creating custom dentures and then they are ready at the extraction appointment for delivery. The preparation takes typically at least 4 weeks.

Yes, you will always have teeth if this is your goal. We plan and prepare creating custom dentures and then they are ready at the extraction appointment for delivery. The preparation takes typically at least 4 weeks.

Dentures are a less invasive procedure, so you won’t typically need anesthesia. However, you may choose to be given anesthesia for additional procedures such as teeth extraction and implants.

Dentures should be handled with great care and cleaned daily to reduce the risk of damage or infection. Maintaining your dentures is easy if you follow these general steps:

  • Brush your denture inside and out daily with a soft-bristled denture toothbrush. Denture brushes are made specifically to reach difficult to reach areas of a toothbrush over a “regular” adult toothbrush.
  • Rinse your dentures and mouth every time after eating to get rid of the food particles. This includes taking the dentures and or partials out of the mouth to rinse as possible.
  • Clean your mouth, tongue, and gums after removing your dentures well at least once daily.
  • Remove your dentures at night, do not sleep with them in your mouth. Keep them in plain water after cleansing them, they are used to a wet or environment and you want to protect them from minor warping.
  • Rinse dentures thoroughly before wearing them.
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • More detail verbally and in writing is given at your denture delivery appointment

Visit your dentist every six months and sooner if you experience a crack, chip, or break in your dentures. Your dentist will examine whether the damage can be fixed or require replacement. Generally it is in your best interest to have the dentures checked quickly for the easiest and most economical treatment.

If you live in Scottsdale, or especially surrounding areas, like Mesa, Tempe, and Phoenix, but absolutely anywhere or and want to find out how much it costs for dentures, please call us at 480-994-5225 to schedule a consultation. You can also schedule your appointment online by clicking on the button below.

To our Valued Patients here at Smile Arizona Dentistry:

Due to the Governor's executive orders that go into effect on Saturday March 21st, 2020:

All hygiene care has been postponed until the week of April 6th. If you have a hygiene appointment we are working to reach you to help you with a new appointment slot. Feel free to call in to us, we will help you as soon as possible. We will return all calls; please understand our hours are shortened and we will return your calls at our first opportunity.

Many of you still need to be seen for care. If you have an appointment with Dr. Beth for non-elective treatment or if you are midcare, please continue to keep this appointment. If you are uncertain about the status of your care, please call us.

We will do our best to pass along updates affecting care, as new information is available.

If you have a new patient appointment, unless you have an urgent issue with discomfort, swelling or the like, we will move your appointment until the week of April 6th.

We will be open for your phone calls and to give recommendations for your care and ALL EMERGENCY CARE as close to business hours as possible throughout April 5th. We hope to be back to our regular schedule starting April 6th. Our emergency line 602-361-2561 is open 24/7. Please reserve this number for truly urgent situations.

Thank you for your continued support and trust.