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Cosmetic Partial Dentures in St. Louis

Traditional partial dentures replace missing teeth and are fabricated from acrylic and resin materials and are often built on a foundation of durable metal.

Some people object to this metal showing when smiling and want an option.  We offer options that are quite pleasing and work well for our patients.

The options consist of “no metal” partial dentures with gum colored acrylic and partial dentures with no wires showing, which patients love.

Precision-Fit (Neuromuscular) Dentures

When dentures are made by a cosmetic dentist, they are made to fit “neuromuscularly”. This means they are precision-fit specifically for your jaw and bite to assure the most comfortable fit.

Most patients prefer neuromuscular dentures, also known as precision fit dentures, due to their quality of natural appearance and comfort. These dentures practically eliminate adjustments and you will wear them all the time with comfort and confidence.

When your dentist fits your dentures to the most comfortable bite for you, most likely a computerized jaw tracking system will be used to measure your natural bite.  The dentures are made to those exact specifications and final adjustments are made at that point utilizing the same equipment.

Neuromuscular dentures are more expensive. For most patients, the comfort and fit however, outweighs the cost.

Denture Post-Op Recovery

You may be wondering about the post-op or recovery expectations. This could be a two-step process. If extractions are done, it can take up to 8 weeks or possibly longer for some patients to recover.

Once you have completely healed and the dentures are in place, you will have an adjustment period to become comfortable and used to your new teeth. Even though you should be able to speak quite normally within a few hours, you could experience some minor discomfort while chewing or eating. This adjustment period could last for a few days up to a few weeks. It would be to your advantage and is recommended that patients with new dentures eat soft foods until you become comfortable with the chewing process.

What about possible complications?

There aren’t any known complications from the use of dentures.

*These providers are not specialists in Orthodontics, Oral Surgery or Prosthodontics. Cosmetic Dentistry is a non-specialty interest area that requires no specific educational training to advertise these services.