Dentures

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Dentures

The most common question asked by someone calling about dentures is, how much do they cost? It always surprises me that this is all they want to know. You can find denture clinics that offer cheap dentures; some even boast same day service. However, how good can they be?

Dr. Holsen believes dentures are an important part of your oral health and contribute greatly to your overall well-being. Our dentures, whether they are conventional dentures, immediate dentures, implant dentures, or partial dentures are made to serve each individual patient for years to come.

Dr. Holsen has an on-site lab staffed by experienced lab technicians. The lab techs work side by side with Dr. Holsen and the patient during the process. Dr. Holsen is involved in your case from start to follow-up. All of our dentures/implants/partials are personalized by our patients and customized by our lab techs.

We have served people from all over the Easley area, including Greenville, Clemson-Seneca, Anderson, Georgia, North Carolina and Florida. Dr. Holsen has processed over 10,000 denturesall customized by our lab and personalized by our patients.

Ball Attachment Dentures

The simplest option for implant-retained dentures when all of the lower teeth are missing is the ball attachment denture. This system is the placement of two dental implants in your lower jaw that allows you to snap the denture into place. This option is considerably more comfortable than loose dentures and provides a lot of stability. The stability and functionality of the ball attachment denture give patients approximately 60% of what they had with their natural teeth, as opposed to 10% of the functionality of loose dentures. 

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Denture Stabilization

Over time, as you wear your dentures, you lose the bony structure that supports your soft tissues. Because your soft tissues make contact with your dentures, this too will start to recede with the bone. As a result, you're in a constant state of adjustment, discomfort, and difficulty with everyday functions like speaking, chewing and smiling. The solution is denture stabilization. 

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Immediate vs. Complete Dentures

Conventional dentures are made for a patient’s mouth cavity once the teeth have been removed. A dentist first removes the patient’s teeth and then lets the patient’s gums heal after the operation. Once the gums have healed, the dentist will cast a mold over the patient’s oral cavity. This molding helps shape the dentures. After the molding is set, the dentures are created to the mold and then fit into the patient’s mouth. Immediate dentures are placed in your mouth immediately following the extraction of your teeth, during the same visit as your teeth removal, so they serve as a bandage to control bleeding and protect gum tissue. Because more time is spent preparing them, immediate dentures cost more than conventional dentures.

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Implant Retained Dentures

When you have lost your natural teeth, a variety of complications can arise that impact your physical and emotional health. You may find it difficult to speak clearly or chew your favorite foods. You may be embarrassed and try to hide your smile from others. You may also experience shifting among your remaining teeth, causing additional discomfort in your mouth and jaw. 

Implant retained dentures offer a solution that provides comfort and relief. They can replace both upper and lower teeth, giving you a secure, natural-looking option that is not only more comfortable but also more convenient than traditional dentures. 

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Implant-Supported Partial Dentures

If you’re missing only a few natural teeth, an implant-supported partial denture provides retention that is superior to that of traditional dentures, allowing you to bite, chew and talk properly –  without the visible clasps. The partial denture can be fixed or removable. Both are good options, and the best option for you may depend on your personal needs and what your dentist recommends. For both types, the partial denture is held in place by titanium implants, which are secured into the jawbone for a sturdy hold. 

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In-house Denture Lab

Our office is equipped with an in-house denture lab, enabling us to make dentures for our patients on site. We utilize the latest dental technology in our lab, giving our skilled technicians the ability to create custom dentures with precision.

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Partial Dentures

A partial denture is a removable, yet natural-looking dental appliance that helps restore the form and function of your jaw by replacing one or more missing teeth. When you are missing one or more teeth, the bite pressures shift in your mouth. Other teeth may begin to move to compensate for the “gap” in your bite, and you may experience shrinking of both the soft tissues and the supporting bone near your missing teeth. This can alter your physical appearance and lead to subsequent problems with your other teeth. A partial denture keeps the underlying structures of your mouth – your gums, jawbone, facial muscles, etc. – active and engaged. It helps prevent further shifting of the other teeth in your mouth while giving you the confidence of having a beautiful, complete smile.

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Same Day Denture Relines

Dentures are made to fit properly and comfortably so that they function just as normal teeth do. Over time, changes in the jawbone or gum tissue can alter the fit of the denture. Ill-fitting dentures tend to move, causing discomfort and irritation. We want our patients to feel comfortable in their dentures, so occasionally this means relining them for a better fit. Our in-house denture lab allows us to reline dentures on the same day you call for an adjustment.

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Screw Retained Dentures

When you have lost your natural teeth, a variety of complications can arise that impact your physical and emotional health – beyond just your smile. Dentures are an important part of restoring your smile’s appearance, but they can pose challenges for some. Implant retained dentures offer you a secure, natural-looking option that is not only more comfortable but also more convenient than traditional dentures.

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Traditional vs. Premium Dentures

Traditional dentures are prosthetic devices that basically serve as false teeth. They can take the place of some (partial) or all (complete) teeth. Not only do they cost significantly less than other solutions, but they are also less invasive, require little recovery and aren't dependent on the quality and quantity of the underlying bone structures. Premium dentures look more like your natural teeth than traditional dentures because they have more molds and shades to select from. They are also made using higher quality materials, so they will last longer and "chew" better. 

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Many people have questions regarding which treatment is best for themimplants, traditional dentures, partials, or immediate dentures. For these people we recommend a consult appointment. The nominal fee is waived if impressions are started the same day, but if you aren't sure and continue to have questions there is never a charge for a follow-up consult. We want to make sure you understand your treatment.

Dr. Holsen has given up asking his patients, "How do people like your dentures?" because the answer is always the same: "No one knows I have them."

Since 1991 we have strived to serve our patients. We have offered quality and affordable dentures, implants and partials. Dr. Holsen keeps current on the latest techniques but continues to maintain what has worked the best for his patients; individualized care.