Removable Dentures

Removable Dentures in Las Cruces, NM

Dentures are removable tooth prosthetics designed to look and function like natural teeth. For thousands of years, some form of denture has been used to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth, although today’s dentures are much more advanced and easier to care for.

What should I expect when being fitted for dentures?

Many dental patients elect dentures for tooth replacement if they are not candidates for dental implants or are otherwise looking for a tooth replacement option that is more affordable and budget-friendly.

Removable Dentures

Caring for Your Dentures
Your dentures are custom designed to fit your smile, but did you know that improperly caring for them can cause them to become distorted? Most removable dentures must maintain moisture to retain their shape. Be sure to wash them after eating, gently clean them once daily, and allow them to soak overnight in a denture soaking solution. This will keep your dentures clean and free of stains, which ultimately helps your smile look its best.


Frequently Asked Questions 

What is the difference between fixed and removable dentures?

An implant-supported denture, also referred to as a fixed denture, is a prosthetic device that can only be removed at your local dentist’s office. If you have several missing teeth, you may be able to replace a complete arch with just two to six implants. The process typically takes at least six months to complete and not everyone is a candidate.

Removable dentures are comfortable and convenient, and easily taken out for regular cleaning and sleeping. When compared to implant-supported dentures, the process is much shorter, usually completed between one to two months. 

Are dental implants better than dentures?

Dental implants are considered the gold standard for restoring missing or damaged teeth because they look and feel just like your natural teeth. They’re used to permanently replace anywhere from a single tooth to an entire arch of teeth. Not everyone is eligible for implants and the process typically takes about six months. 

With dentures, you’ll receive a new, natural-looking smile within 30 days of starting your treatment. If you require a tooth extraction, the process can take six to eight weeks. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Borham by calling (575) 523-5589 to start your journey toward a more beautiful smile.

How do I know if I am a candidate for removable dentures?

Ideal candidates for removable dentures are patients missing one or more teeth and thinking of getting dentures. The only way to know whether you’re a candidate is to schedule a consultation with a dentist experienced in denture placement, such as Dr. Borham. During your appointment, Dr. Borham will examine your oral health and explain your tooth prosthetic options. This is a great time to ask any questions you may have and make an educated decision based on your treatment options.  

What should I expect when being fitted for dentures?

Your gums must first be prepared before getting fitted for a new set of dentures. If you need one or more teeth removed, the process could take longer as you wait for your gums to heal. Dr. Borham will take an impression of your gums and the supporting bones beneath the gum. This will be used to fabricate a complete or partial denture in a dental lab.

Once your dentures arrive from the lab, Dr. Borham will make any necessary adjustments to ensure the fit is comfortable for your unique bite. 

Will I need to follow any special after-care instructions?

Once your dentures are ready, you can begin wearing them regularly. The first few weeks will be an adjustment period, during which you’ll adapt to the feel of your new dentures. Every day your gums and teeth will continue to adapt to the feel of your new dentures until you have the same control that you did with your natural teeth.