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Complete Your Smile with Custom-Made Dentures

Significant tooth loss can take a serious toll on your quality of life, impacting your ability to eat comfortably and smile confidently. Dentures are an effective tooth replacement solution for patients who are missing most or all of their teeth. Dr. Len Gerken offers custom-made traditional and implant-supported dentures at his Oro Valley, AZ, practice to rehabilitate even the most compromised smiles. With nearly 30 years of experience delivering excellent results, you can trust Dr. Gerken to design a durable, natural-looking prosthetic that suits your unique needs and goals. Financing is available to help patients manage out-of-pocket costs.

Types of Dentures

Depending upon the extent of tooth loss, we may recommend full or partial dentures. Partial dentures, sometimes referred to as dental bridges, can replace as few as two or three missing teeth, while full dentures can repair an entire dental arch. Traditional dentures are a cost-effective option for patients who want to restore their dental function and the aesthetics of their smile. Full dentures remain in place using a dental adhesive, and removable partial dentures are secured to adjacent teeth using small metal clasps.

Upper denture
Today's dentures are meticulously crafted so that they are virtually indistinguishable from patients' natural teeth.

For patients who qualify, we typically recommend implant-supported dentures. These restorations are affixed to dental implants, which are surgically embedded posts placed in the jawbone. Dental implants not only provide a sturdy foundation for dentures, but they replace lost tooth roots. As a result, they send regenerative signals to your jawbone, halting the bone recession which is a common consequence of tooth loss.

What to Expect During Treatment

When you arrive at our office, Dr. Gerken will begin by performing a comprehensive oral exam. He will also take the time to discuss your treatment goals as well as review your medical history. If he finds signs of dental decay or gum disease, we can perform any necessary preliminary treatments prior to designing your denture. Some patients may also require one or more extractions. 

Dr. Gerken provides premium quality dentures using the finest materials. Our restorations are custom-crafted at a local laboratory in Phoenix. 

Dr. Gerken will take impressions of your dental arches and any remaining teeth, which will be used to fabricate your complete restoration over a period of 2-3 weeks. In some cases, we may be able to place immediate dentures, restoring your smile more quickly. Our team provides premium quality dentures using the finest materials. Our restorations are custom-crafted at a local laboratory in Phoenix. Custom dentures are designed for long-lasting results and a completely lifelike appearance.

We may also take advanced digital x-rays or other scans to assess the health of your jaw during your initial appointment. These will not only help us to determine your candidacy for treatment but also plan implant placement if you are opting for an implant-supported restoration. Patients will typically need to wait four to six months after their implant surgery before receiving their permanent dentures. 

Restore Your Oral Health and Confidence

If you suffer from widespread tooth loss, dentures can rebuild your smile, improve your ability to eat and speak properly, and allow you to smile confidently again. To learn more about our treatment options, we invite you to contact us online. You can also call (520) 498-0500 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gerken or to speak with a member of our team. 

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The best dental office. Extremely professional and yet very personal, targeted care. They always make me feel so welcome and stress my dental health is of the utmost importance. Dr. Gerken may be the best dentist in southern Arizona. I recommend him to anyone who has fears or qualms about seeing the dentist. You will be absolutely amazed.

-Alexis C.