Sun City West Dentist

Lab On-Site / Repairs While You WaitSun City West, AZ

At AZ Denture Center we offer No. 1 high quality Custom Crafted Dentures & Partials. Our Friendly, Caring, and Professional highly experienced Staff are here to support you with our On-Site Lab for Repairs while you wait with the same owner, Terry, since 2009! See what our recent patients say about AZ Denture Center.

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Donna Feldman - a month ago

“I took my mom here after going through a couple back experiences trying to give her a better quality of life with a set of Dentures that would fit properly and feel good. Or at the very least allow her to bite into a sandwich again without embarrassment. Dr. Culver and Terri could not have been more kind, knowledgeable and patient. We are thoroughly please with the care mom received. I would recommend AZ Denture Center in a heartbeat. Thank you for taking such good care of mom.”

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J Bindon - 4 weeks ago

"I had to replace a tooth that broke off my partial denture. It happened after 8 pm, but Terry took my call right away, and I had an appointment at 9 am the next day. She saw me immediately, took a mould, repaired the denture while I waited, and made the appropriate adjustments to make sure everything looked good and fit properly in less than 90 minutes. Terry is friendly, efficient, professional, and did a great job. I highly recommend her."

How Do Dentures Stay in Place?

Fitting dentures to replace lost teeth usually makes eating and speaking easier. Dentures stay in place in different ways depending on several factors, including the type of denture.

Dentures are popular replacements for missing natural teeth. These appliances can improve your speech and appearance. Keep reading to find out more about how dentures stay in place.


Complete or partial dentures are a great option for replacing missing teeth. Individuals lose their teeth due to a variety of reasons, including facial injuries, poor oral hygiene, and untreated gum disease. Most dental professionals recommend replacing lost teeth to avoid many dental problems. Partial dentures replace several missing teeth in the lower or upper jaw. A partial denture is often held in place by clasps around the remaining teeth.

Complete dentures can replace all the lost teeth, and they rest on the gums. They consist of two vital parts, namely the artificial teeth and the denture base. When the denture base fits well, natural suction helps to keep it in place. Both complete and partial dentures provide a firm, comfortable fit that increases people’s ability to chew.

Denture adhesives

Dentures may become loose due to a variety of reasons, many of which are normal. Denture adhesives usually help to attach dentures to the gums temporarily. This product can increase stability and make the dentures feel more secure. It usually makes them more comfortable.

It also creates a seal that prevents any particles from getting trapped between the patient’s gums and dentures. But people should not use denture adhesives to fix poorly fitting or old dentures. And it is not advisable to use the adhesives all the time. When using one, it is vital to follow the instructions carefully. Patients should only use a small amount.

Caring for dentures

Along with making sure that dentures fit well, it is also crucial to take proper care of them. People should clean their dentures every day to avoid plaque buildup as well as stains. It is good to soak them in a denture cleaner every night. When dentures are not in the mouth, patients should store them in warm water or a denture-cleaning solution. Although dentures make it easier to speak and eat, it takes a while to get used to them. But people can prevent many problems by taking good care of them.

Types of Dentures

When considering dentures, patients can choose between full and partial dentures. In fact, over the past few years, dentists created hybrids with other dental treatments to provide patients with even more options. Here is a shortlist of denture options one can consider:

  1. Full Dentures

    Most commonly used by seniors, these dentures replace a complete set of teeth. They sit directly on top of the gums. Some patients are good candidates for immediate placement. In this instance, the dentist places the previously made dentures immediately after the extraction of the teeth. For everyone else, the dentist may recommend waiting eight to 12 weeks after teeth removal.

  2. Partial Dentures

    If the patient still has a number of healthy teeth left, the dentist may recommend partial dentures. This usually requires the use of a metal piece to which a pink-colored base is attached. The metal helps to anchor the false teeth to the natural teeth to prevent movement.

  3. Implant-Supported Dentures

    This method blends dental implants with dentures. Instead of anchoring all the teeth in place individually, the dentist may add several dental implants that hold the full upper and/or lower set in place. Dentists may use this for partial dentures too. These dentures are not removable once in place. Please note that not all patients are good candidates for these.

  4. Overdentures or Snap-In Dentures

    When patients prefer to retain the ability to remove dentures, but like the stability of implants, they may opt for overdentures. These are handy in instances where a person has no teeth, as the dental implants provide an anchor that the teeth can sit on. For even more excellent stability, patients may opt for snap-in dentures. In this case, the implants have locator receptors, and the dentures have attachments. These work together to snap the dentures into place for a snug fit.

The option a patient chooses will depend on that patient's unique situation and health. Our team is available to discuss all the options. We will help you determine the right one for you.

“In fact, over the past few years, dentists created hybrids with other dental treatments to provide patients with even more options.”

Common Myths and Misconceptions

One of the most common myths we hear about dentures is that once a patient gets their dentures created and placed, they are set for life. Dentures typically last for five to 10 years. Since this is a long time, patients may wonder how to know when they need new dentures. If the color has changed dramatically or there is physical damage, dentures may need replacement. A common telling sign is when they no longer fit securely.

Some people believe that if they remove all their teeth and get full dentures, they will never need to set foot in a dentist’s office again.This is not true and regular dental visits are still necessary. Dentists are in the best position to tell patients whether or not they need to get their dentures repaired or replaced. In fact, the dentist may adjust dentures during annual or bi-annual visits to keep them fitting correctly. Dentists also pay keen attention to gum health especially if the patient smokes or suffers from an illness affecting the gums.

“Some people may also believe that if they remove all their teeth and get full dentures, they’ll never need to set foot in a dentist’s office again.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Will dentures change my appearance?

A. When patients lose their teeth, the bone loss may begin to cause the cheek to look hollow and sunken. Dentures can help to fill out space and retain the face’s original shape. Having a full set of teeth that look beautiful and healthy also improves a person’s appearance and overall confidence.

Q. Is it difficult to eat with dentures?

A. Eating with dentures may feel uncomfortable for a few weeks, just as when people get braces for the first time. However, over time, it becomes easier. In the beginning, try to stay away from foods that meet any of the following criteria:

  • Sharp-edged
  • Tough
  • Sticky
  • Hot

Q. Are there any risks associated with dentures?

A. A 2015 study published by the National Institute of Health found that seniors who wore dentures while they slept long-term faced a higher risk of developing pneumonia. The CDC also believes dentures may negatively affect nutrition. They attribute this to denture wearers avoiding fruits and vegetables because they are more difficult to chew.

Q. Are Adhesives Necessary?

A. Patients who have lost all their natural teeth may require adhesives, while others may not. Even so, patients with only partial tooth loss may choose to use adhesives for additional support. It may also assist people suffering from neurological disabilities, dry mouth, or who take certain medications.

Q. How Much Do Dentures Cost?

A. Dentures tend to be more affordable than other tooth replacement options. Each case is different, and the individual selections a patient makes can affect the cost. Generally speaking, dentures offer the most cost-effective full tooth replacement. When patients choose hybrid options that involve implants, the price may increase for each implant added.

Q. How Can I Pay for Dentures?

A. Dental insurance may cover the cost of dentures. However, there may be a waiting period due to a pre-existing condition. Some patients rely on dental savings plans. Your insurance provider can discuss with you the details.

Quality Dental Services Can Transform Your Smile

By visiting us as soon as possible, our team can help get you the professional treatment you need. Instead of waiting around and allowing the symptoms to get worse, we can provide you with treatment options.

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Denture Terminology

Alveolar Bone
The alveolar bone is the bone surrounding the root of the tooth that keeps the tooth in place.
A clasp is a device that holds a removable partial denture prosthesis to the teeth.
Denture Base
The denture base is the part of the denture that connects the artificial teeth with the soft tissue of the gums.
Edentulous is a term that applies to people who do not have any teeth.
Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is a condition that causes inflammation of the gingival tissues and membrane of the teeth, leading to tooth loss without professional treatment.
Pontic is another term for an artificial tooth on a fixed partial denture.
Rebase is the process of refitting denture prosthesis by replacing the base material.
Reline is when a professional resurfaces the surface of the prosthesis with a new base material.
Resin and Acrylic are resinous materials that can be components in a denture base.
Stomatitis is the inflammation of the tissue that is underlying a denture that does not fit properly. It can also result from other oral health factors.

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