What Are Dentures?


Tooth loss has lasting ramifications on your oral health and wellbeing if you forego tooth replacement. If you do not replace your teeth with dentures or another prosthetic, you will likely develop bone atrophy, have trouble eating food comfortably, and may develop depression because of embarrassment in your appearance. Our prosthodontist, Dr. Bicakci, is an expert at repairing and restoring teeth. Our team offers patients suffering with tooth loss very lifelike replacement teeth that increase oral function and renew appearance. Popular tooth replacement options are dentures, both full and partial, and dentures supported by dental implants.

Full and Partial Dentures

Dentures are custom replacement teeth that help patients suffering with tooth loss regain oral function. Since these prosthetics replace missing teeth, they will also help a person suffering with the loss of self-esteem and confidence that commonly accompanies tooth loss. Full dentures replace all teeth in an arch while partial dentures only replace missing or failing teeth.

Fabricated by skilled technicians, dentures are customized for each person based on very exact measurements and specifications determined by our prosthodontist. When fitting a patient for dentures, Dr. Bicakci will use diagnostic images and impressions (molds) to establish the proportions necessary to create a comfortable set of dentures that will fit properly. In addition to being highly customized, dentures are made from very lifelike and durable materials including porcelain and pink-tinted acrylics. Porcelain closely resembles the natural color and luster of teeth while pink-colored acrylic will help these prosthetics blend seamlessly into the gum line.

All-on-4

All-on-4 is one method for securing dentures permanently to dental implants. This is done to eliminate the problem of denture movement during oral function. Dental implants are small titanium bases that resemble a screw. Placed into the jawbone, an implant can hold various types of prosthetics in place. When multiple dental implants are embedded into the jaw, a full arch of teeth can be replaced. While dentures replace the visible structures of teeth, dental implants essentially replace the missing roots of teeth to complete the smile restoration process. Since implants are made from titanium, they are biocompatible with the oral health system and can help prevent jawbone deterioration by supporting healthy bone mass.

Unlike full or partial dentures, All-on-4 implant supported dentures are not removed for cleaning and overnight soaking. Instead, they are cared for similarly to biological teeth.

If you have suffered from tooth loss, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with our prosthodontist. At your appointment, our team can help you navigate your tooth replacement options. Call us today to reserve an appointment.

What our Patients Say

  • I’ve been coming to Lincoln Dental Care for years, even after moving out of the neighborhood. I liked Dr. Simeoni  and when she sold the practice I thought that maybe it was time for a new dentist, but Dr. Nihal Bicakci is great.

    I’ve seen her twice for regular checkups and now once for a cavity. Getting a cavity filled is never fun but this was the least unpleasant cavity experience I’ve ever had — that sounds like faint praise but it’s really pretty amazing.

    Amanda R.
  • Excellent doctors. You don’t feel like you have a root canal or wisdom tooth extracted. They make things so easy and painless.

    Didem O.
  • Excellence and perfection in dentistry.

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  • “Even though I eventually moved further away from Pulaski, I still come back to Midway Square Dental because of the professionalism and service I have continued to receive here over the years. I find them to be very organized (they will make reminder calls in case you forgot you had an upcoming appointment), are very thorough (I was offered a video to watch on my first appointment) and very friendly as well. You probably wouldn’t think there was a place like this tucked away on this corner, but you might be pleasantly surprised.”
    Johnny H.

Meet your Prosthodontists

Drs Nihal and Hirant Bicakci, who are both Prosthodontists, have more than eighteen years of dental experience and they dedicate their skills, expertise and education to create the perfect and healthy smiles.

Common Questions

How much do dentures cost?

A person’s cost for replacement teeth can vary based on whether he or she receives full dentures, partial dentures, or dentures supported by dental implants. Other factors can affect cost, too. If patients require preliminary treatments such as tooth extraction, it will increase the cost.

Cost of dentures without insurance?

When dental coverage falls short or if a patient does not have dental insurance, he or she will have to pay for their replacement teeth out of pocket. Fortunately, our prosthodontist offers custom, high-quality dentures that will last for years and years. We prefer to view receiving replacement teeth as an investment in one’s oral health. Since untreated tooth loss affects general wellbeing, paying for dentures is an investment in your overall quality of life, too. To learn more about the costs associated with receiving replacement teeth and your financing and payment options, call our office to speak with our knowledgeable staff.

What types of dentures are available?

Dentures come in two varieties: full and partial. Full dentures replace a whole arch of teeth in either the upper or the lower jaw. For completely edentulous patients, two sets of full dentures are required to restore a smile affected by tooth loss. Partial dentures only replace teeth that are missing and attach to existing healthy biological teeth.

What are permanent dentures?

Traditional full and partial dentures are removable. They are either supported by the arch of the jaw or by attaching to existing teeth. Permanent dentures, however, are fixed in place to dental implants. Dental implants are titanium bases that are embedded into the jaw. This form of tooth replacement offers additional stability and durability to dentures. The most common method for securing dentures to dental implants is with All-on-4, which means that a series of strategically placed dental implants anchor a full arch of teeth permanently.

What are partial dentures?

When the majority of natural teeth are healthy and only a few are missing in an arch, partial dentures may be the best tooth replacement method for a patient. Partials are used to support existing teeth and replacing missing ones. These prosthetics are made from the same materials as full dentures and attach to existing tooth structure with snaps. Like full dentures, partials are custom made for each patient.