What Makes Our Full Dentures Look Natural?

des moines full denturesWhen you suffer from the loss of most, or all, of your teeth, then your ability to eat and speak is complicated, as is your ability to engage in social situations. However, with a full set of dentures your Des Moines, IA, dentist knows how to provide a complete smile once again. But how do we ensure they look natural?

The Dangers of Total Tooth Loss

What happens when we lose most of our teeth? Obviously, this could alter our appearance and be a source of embarrassment. Trouble speaking is also common, which impacts your ability to socialize. Trouble eating is common too, forcing many to subsist on a diet of only soft foods. Not only does this mean favorite dishes are often inedible now, but you deprive yourself of key nutrients and vitamins. However, the most dangerous complication is the loss of mass and density in your jawbone. When the body stops sending key nutrients to the jawbone around missing tooth roots, the bone tissue begins to break down, causing an aged appearance.

Crafting a Full Set of Dentures

A full set of dentures could help restore your smile’s function and beauty. The prosthetic itself will consist of a full row of teeth set in an acrylic base, one designed to look like gum tissue. We design and craft them based on detailed impressions and images we gather with advanced digital technology. For those with one or two remaining natural teeth, we could extract them to pave the way for your new smile. There are two options available, removable and implant-supported. Removable dentures are held in place with suction or a special adhesive, and need to replaced as the jawbone ridge changes shape. With implants, we attach them to dental implants to secure them in place so they never slip or require removal. They also last much longer, as the dental implants prevent the loss of jawbone mass and density.

Ensuring a Natural Appearance

We want to make sure they not only fit comfortably, but that they also look natural too. The material we use for the teeth, such as porcelain, is translucent like enamel and can be color-matched for a natural appearance. The fit should be balanced too, so they reflect your facial structure and appear natural. If you have any questions about how we approach replacing missing teeth with a full prosthetic, then contact our team today. Let’s start your summer on the path toward a complete smile again!


Our team wants to help you enjoy a complete and functional smile once again. To find out more about how our team addresses advanced tooth loss, then please contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.