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Dentures in Scottsdale, AZ

Excessive tooth loss can lead to difficulty in chewing, speaking, and maintaining facial structure, which can impact overall health and self-esteem. At American Family Dentistry, we understand the importance of restoring oral health and confidence. Our denture treatment options offer an effective solution by replacing missing teeth, improving functionality, and enhancing the appearance of your smile. 


What are Dentures?

Types of Denture Treatments

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. They consist of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored resin base, which is sometimes connected by a 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 shifting and changing position.

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing in either the upper or lower jaw, or both. These dentures consist of a full set of artificial teeth mounted on a gum-colored acrylic base that sits over the gums. Complete dentures are custom-made to fit the patient’s mouth, providing a natural appearance and comfortable fit. They restore the ability to chew and speak properly and help maintain facial structure by supporting the lips and cheeks.


Overdentures are removable dentures that fit over a small number of remaining natural teeth or dental implants. The remaining teeth or implants provide additional support and stability for the denture, improving comfort and functionality. Overdentures can be a more secure and comfortable option compared to traditional complete dentures, offering enhanced chewing efficiency and a more natural feel.

Fixed Dentures (AO4)

Fixed dentures, also known as All-on-4 (AO4) dentures, are a type of permanent denture that is anchored to the jawbone using dental implants. Typically, four implants are placed in the jaw, and a full arch of replacement teeth is attached to these implants. This method provides a stable and secure solution that looks and functions like natural teeth. Fixed dentures are an excellent option for those seeking a long-term solution with minimal maintenance, offering superior stability and a natural appearance.

How Long do Dentures Last?

The lifespan of dentures varies depending on the type and how well they are maintained. On average, complete and partial dentures can last between 5 to 10 years, while overdentures and fixed dentures (AO4) often have a longer lifespan due to their secure attachment to dental implants. The quality of materials used, the fit of the denture, and the wearer’s oral hygiene practices all affect dentures' longevity. Regular check-ups and professional maintenance are crucial for ensuring dentures remain comfortable, functional, and in good condition, helping to extend their lifespan.

How To Care for Your Dentures

  • Daily Cleaning:

    • Remove dentures and rinse them thoroughly to remove loose food particles.

    • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive denture cleanser to brush all surfaces of the dentures gently.

    • Avoid using regular toothpaste, as it can be too abrasive.

  • Nightly Soaking:

    • Soak dentures overnight in a mild denture-soaking solution or plain water. This helps keep them moist and prevents warping.

    • Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the soaking solution to avoid damage.

  • Oral Hygiene:

    • Clean your gums, tongue, and any remaining natural teeth with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste before reinserting dentures.

    • Rinse your mouth with an antibacterial, alcohol-free mouthwash to reduce plaque and bacteria.

  • Professional Cleaning:

    • Schedule regular dental check-ups for professional cleaning and to ensure the dentures fit properly.

Schedule a Denture Appointment in Scottsdale, AZ

Whether you need partial or complete tooth replacement, dentures can help you restore your smile. Contact us to schedule an initial consultation at American Family Dentistry in Scottsdale, AZ. Our team will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that helps you achieve your smile goals.

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