Jessica Brereton Peterkin, DMD, MA -  - Family Dentistry

Breton Family Dental

Jessica Brereton Peterkin, DMD, MA

Family Dentistry located in Midtown, Phoenix, AZ

Dentures are more than just replacement teeth. They’re a passport to improved eating, speaking, and confidence. Jessica Brereton Peterkin, DMD, MA, and the team of dental professionals at Breton Family Dental in Midtown Phoenix, Arizona, help their patients recover their smiles and rediscover a higher quality of life with comfortable dentures. To learn more about how Dr. Peterkin and her team can help you reclaim your smile, schedule a dentures consultation today by calling the office or booking a visit online.

Dentures Q & A

What are dentures?

Dentures are removable oral prosthetics replacing some of your teeth or your entire smile. They’re composed of artificial teeth, which are usually made of plastic or porcelain, and a gum-colored base that’s made from acrylic. 

Dental technology has significantly improved dentures in recent years, giving patients solutions that look, feel, and function better than ever. 

Why should I get dentures?

Dentures upgrade your quality of life by:

  • Enhancing your appearance
  • Making it easier to eat solid foods
  • Improving your ability to speak properly

Dentures also maintain the shape of your face by preventing your facial and jaw muscles from sagging in around your missing teeth. 

What types of dentures are there?

Dentures fall into two main categories: complete and partial.

Complete dentures

Complete dentures replace an entire arch of your teeth. They’re used if one or both of your arches don’t have any teeth at all. 

They’re traditionally held in place on your gums by suction or a dental adhesive, but they can also be used with dental implants for a stronger and more comfortable base. In many cases, all it takes is four implants to hold an entire arch of dentures in place. Dr. Peterkin can even retrofit your dentures with implants if you decide later on that you’d like to have implant-retained dentures.

Partial dentures

Partial dentures replace your teeth if you still have healthy natural teeth in your mouth. The base of partial dentures fits over your gums where you don’t have teeth, and has openings for the spots in your smile where you do have teeth. When you wear partial dentures, your natural teeth and artificial teeth work together side by side. 

The greatest benefit of partial dentures it that they enable you to fill in the holes in your smile without having to extract any healthy teeth. 

How do dentures feel?

Dentures can sometimes feel a little awkward at first. They might seem loose or bulky as the muscles in your mouth adjust and learn how to hold them in place. You also might notice an increased flow of saliva during this adjustment period. 

Once your muscles acclimate, though, your mouth actually feels better with the dentures in them than without. You won’t remember how you ever functioned without them. This is especially true of implant-supported dentures, which don’t slip and keep your jawbone healthy and strong.

Don’t wait around any longer with missing teeth. Schedule your dentures consultation with Breton Family Dental today by calling the office or booking a visit online. You’ll be back to eating, speaking, and smiling with confidence in no time.