What are dentures?

Dentures are replacements for missing teeth. They range from small dentures, like bridges, to larger ones that are either removable or fixed with implants. Essentially, any form of tooth replacement can be considered a denture.

What kind of professional would you see for dentures?

Generally, a general dentist handles many denture cases, particularly removable types. For more complex needs, such as fixed or cemented dentures using implants, a specialist in prosthodontics would be appropriate. These specialists focus on dental prostheses and are highly skilled, though they can be expensive and less commonly available, particularly in areas like Pueblo, Colorado where I practice.

When would a dentist recommend getting dentures?

The recommendation for dentures varies by individual but typically occurs when there are insufficient good quality natural teeth remaining. Both partial and full dentures are considered depending on the number and condition of the remaining teeth.

What are alternatives to removable dentures?

Alternatives to removable dentures include fixed or permanent solutions such as implant-supported dentures or bridges. These are designed to be permanent and do not require removal for cleaning or sleeping.

What types of dentures are there?

Dentures can be fully removable or partial. Partial dentures utilize remaining teeth to anchor the denture, which can be made with flexible or metal frameworks. Full dentures replace all teeth and can be designed to sit directly on the gums, often requiring adhesives to secure them in place.

What happens in a denture placement procedure?

Traditional denture placement involved removing teeth and allowing the gums to heal before fitting the dentures. However, immediate dentures are now available, which are placed on the same day as the tooth extraction, providing an instant replacement.

Is getting dentures painful?

Extracting teeth can be painful, but our office is committed to ensuring you experience minimal to no pain during the procedure. Post-procedure discomfort is typically managed with medications until the healing process is complete.

What anesthesia options are available during a dental procedure?

We offer several anesthesia options to ensure comfort during dental procedures, including local anesthesia, IV sedation, and conscious sedation, where the patient remains awake but relaxed and typically does not remember the procedure afterward.

What should I expect my dentures to look and feel like?

Dentures are designed to look natural and fit comfortably in your mouth, matching the aesthetics of natural teeth to enhance your appearance seamlessly.

Is it difficult to speak and eat with new dentures?

Some initial adjustment may be required for speaking and eating with new dentures. Most patients adapt quickly, but it can vary depending on individual circumstances.

What kind of special care do dentures require?

Dentures require regular cleaning with appropriate solutions and careful handling to maintain their condition and prevent damage. It's important to follow specific care guidelines depending on the type of dentures you have.

How long will dentures last?

The lifespan of dentures varies depending on their type and how well they are cared for. Typically, removable dentures need to be replaced or adjusted every 5 to 10 years, while permanent options can last much longer.

What is the cost of dentures?

Costs for dentures vary widely, influenced by the type of denture, the materials used, and whether additional dental procedures are needed. Insurance may cover some costs, but higher-end options like implant-supported dentures are more expensive.

When should you schedule an appointment for dentures?

If you are experiencing dental issues or considering dentures for the first time, it is advisable to schedule an appointment as soon as possible to explore your options. You can reach us through our website at letushelpyousmile.com or by calling (719) 745-5565. You can also find us on Facebook, and we offer free consultations to discuss your dental needs and options.


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. Most dentures are composed of replacement teeth attached to plastic bases that take on the appearance of the gums. They are used to compensate for one or more missing teeth, and are available as partials and complete sets of teeth. Many Pueblo 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.


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.