Replacing Teeth With Removable Dentures

In a previous blog, we discussed how a dental bridge is perfect for addressing minor tooth loss, such as one to three missing teeth in a row. But what if you suffer from more substantial tooth loss? What if several teeth have become lost, or a majority of them? To return smiles to proper function and appearance, we may provide our Des Moines, IA, patients with removable dentures.

What Happens When We Lose Our Teeth?

Losing a significant number of teeth can have serious negative impacts on your smile’s appearance and health. For example, losing several teeth may mean trouble eating your favorite foods. You may find yourself limited to only soft foods, which reduces your nutritional intake, causing poor oral health. For some, the pressure on the jaw joints from tooth loss could increase the risk of TMJ disorder or bruxism (teeth grinding), two jaw joint disorders linked to headaches, jaw pain, and even damaged teeth! You may have difficulties speaking clearly, and may feel embarrassed or avoid social interactions, which causes issues with your overall quality of life.

Partial Dentures

If you have gaps throughout your smile, but not enough to warrant a full set of dentures, then we may prescribe a partial. The partial consists of your new teeth set into a base created from an acrylic material. The base will be crafted to mimic the appearance of gum tissue. There will be metal clasps as well, which attach to the natural teeth and secure the prosthetic firmly, offering a stable and reliable prosthetic. With the gaps in your smile filled, you can smile with confidence!

A Complete Set

What if you’ve lost all of your teeth, or at least a vast majority of them? In this scenario, you may benefit from a full denture, which replaces every tooth on one or both of your arches. The prosthetic will contain a base made from acrylic, and a full set off teeth created using lifelike materials, such as ceramic. Instead of metal clasps, suction holds the teeth in place. You may also use special adhesive gels as well. The prosthetic returns your smile’s appearance and ability to function, improving meal time, speech, and more. Each denture will be custom-made based on detailed impressions we take of your smile, which ensures not only a comfortable fit, but a lifelike appearance as well. If you have any questions about addressing tooth loss, or about our custom-made dental prosthetics, then contact our team today.


With a custom-made prosthetic, we can help you enjoy a full and beautiful smile. For more information on our tooth loss solutions, schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.