Dentures in Eau Claire

Dr. Shook performing dental work with an assistant

What Are Dentures?

If you’ve lost teeth due to dental trauma, tooth decay, gum disease, or damage, it can leave gaps in your smile and make everyday tasks like chewing and speaking much more difficult. Dentures are a popular solution because they offer the ability to replace a few or all of the teeth with a removable gum-like plate and attached artificial teeth.

This not only restores your smile, but improves your oral health, keeps your facial muscles intact, and restores tooth functionality. Contact us at Shook Family Dental today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Erin Tollefson or Dr. Joe Bartlett to find out if dentures are right for you.

Dentures in Eau Claire

Full Dentures

Replace all of the teeth in one or both arches of the mouth with full dentures. This prosthesis is only recommended for people who are already experiencing extensive tooth loss since it requires extracting the remaining teeth. 

The suction formed from the seal along the gums is what holds the dentures in place. Patients with full dentures experience an increased quality of life by improving their ability to eat more foods and improve the clearness of their speech. 

When patients have lost a lot of teeth, they tend to lose facial support in certain muscles around the mouth and get premature sagging. Dentures help mitigate this by adding support to these facial muscles.

Partial Dentures

Partials are dentures that only replace a few teeth in the mouth. They are more versatile than fixed dental bridges because they can fill in gaps in the smile that are on either side of the mouth.

Bridges can only replace consecutive missing teeth but a partial denture can replace teeth on both sides using one prosthesis. Connected through a metal wire framework, they hook onto the surrounding teeth with metal clasps. Partial dentures help patients boost their confidence by restoring their smiles and preventing teeth from shifting.