Dentures are removable dental appliances at Woodard Family Dentistry, designed to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues. They come in two primary types: complete dentures and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.

Types of Dentures

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures are recommended for patients who have lost all of their natural teeth in either the upper or lower jaw or both. These dentures consist of a full set of artificial teeth set in a gum-colored acrylic base that rests directly on the gums. They can be further categorized into conventional and immediate dentures.

  • Conventional dentures: These are made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, which can take several months. During this period, the patient may be without teeth.
  • Immediate dentures: These are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. While the patient does not have to go without teeth during the healing period, adjustments may be needed as the gums and bone shrink over time.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. They consist of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored acrylic base, which is connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. Partial dentures not only fill in the spaces created by missing teeth but also prevent other teeth from changing position.

Benefits of Dentures

Dentures can provide numerous benefits for patients who have lost some or all their teeth:

  • Improved appearance: Dentures restore your smile, giving you a more youthful and natural appearance. They support the facial muscles, which can help prevent the sagging of cheeks and lips that often occurs with tooth loss.
  • Enhanced function: Dentures allow you to eat and speak more comfortably and effectively. They help restore your ability to chew various foods, which is essential for maintaining a balanced diet.
  • Increased confidence: With a complete smile, you can feel more confident in social and professional situations. Dentures help improve self-esteem by allowing you to smile, speak, and eat without hesitation.
  • Prevented dental problems: Partial dentures help prevent remaining teeth from shifting, which can lead to misalignment and further dental issues.
  • The Denture Fitting Process

    At Woodard Family Dentistry, we follow a meticulous process to ensure that your dentures fit comfortably and function effectively. Here’s what you can expect:

    Initial Consultation

    During your first visit, Dr. Woodard will conduct a thorough examination of your oral health. This includes evaluating your gums, remaining teeth (if any), and jawbone structure. Based on this assessment, we will discuss your denture options and develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs.


    If you are a candidate for dentures, we will take impressions of your mouth to create accurate models. These impressions serve as the foundation for designing your custom dentures.

    Design and Fabrication

    Using the impressions, our dental laboratory will fabricate your dentures with precision. The dentures are crafted to match the shape and color of your natural teeth and gums, ensuring a natural look and comfortable fit.

    Fitting and Adjustments

    Once your dentures are ready, you will return to our office for a fitting. Dr. Woodard will ensure that the dentures fit properly and make any necessary adjustments to optimize comfort and function. Please note that it is normal to experience some initial discomfort as you get used to your new dentures, but this should subside as you adapt.

    Follow-up Care

    We will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and address any concerns you may have. Regular checkups are essential to ensure the continued fit and function of your dentures. Contact us to learn more.

    Caring for Your Dentures

    Proper care and maintenance of your dentures are crucial to their longevity and your oral health. Here are some tips to keep your dentures in excellent condition:

    • Clean daily: Clean your dentures daily to remove food particles and plaque. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and nonabrasive denture cleanser. Avoid using regular toothpaste, as it can be too abrasive.
    • Handle with care: Handle your dentures carefully to avoid dropping and damaging them. When cleaning, place a towel or basin of water underneath as a cushion in case they slip from your hands.
    • Soak overnight: Soak your dentures in a denture cleaner or plain water overnight to keep them moist. This helps maintain their shape and prevents them from drying out.
    • Regularly Visit Your Dentist: Continue to visit Dr. Woodard for regular checkups. Even with dentures, it is essential to monitor your oral health and ensure the proper fit of your dentures. 

    Implant-Supported Dentures

    For patients seeking a more stable and permanent solution, implant-supported dentures are an excellent option. These dentures are anchored to dental implants, which are surgically placed into the jawbone. Implant-supported dentures can provide several benefits:

    • Enhanced stability: Dental implants provide a secure foundation, preventing dentures from slipping or moving.
    • Improved function: With a stable fit, you can eat a wider variety of foods and speak more confidently.
    • Bone preservation: Implants help stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone loss that typically occurs with tooth loss.


    At Woodard Family Dentistry in Spokane Valley, WA, we are committed to helping you achieve a healthy, functional, and beautiful smile. Whether you need complete dentures, partial dentures, or implant-supported dentures, Dr. Christopher S. Woodard, DMD, and our experienced team are here to provide personalized care tailored to your unique needs. If you are experiencing tooth loss and considering dentures, contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards restoring your smile and confidence. Your journey to a better smile starts here at Woodard Family Dentistry.

    Are you ready to experience top-quality dental care for your entire family? Visit Dr. Christopher S. Woodard, DMD, at Woodard Family Dentistry, conveniently located at 1020 S Pines Rd, Spokane Valley, WA 99206. Don't wait any longer to take care of your oral health. Call us today at (509) 924-8585 to schedule your appointment or to learn more about our comprehensive dental services.

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