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Consider Dentures to replace missing teeth

At Gentle Dentistry in Tampa, Florida, we aim to preserve your natural teeth if possible. Sometimes, we must resort to dentures and implant-supported bridgework to replace missing teeth. Artificial teeth, such as dentures, are common. You may have a pre-existing denture or partial denture you want replaced with something that fits and looks better.

Reasons For Dentures

Everyone’s oral health is unique. The most effective way to ensure their health stays good is to see Drs. Tong and Rasmussen and their team every three to six months. That allows us to professionally clean your teeth, remove built-up tartar and plaque, and look for early signs of gum disease and tooth decay. When caught early, these are both quickly addressed. But if your dental health has been sliding, there will be some early warning signs that it may be time to discuss dentures with Dr. Tong or Dr. Rasmussen.

What Types Of Dentures Are Available?

Traditional Dentures

Dentures are held in the mouth with only passive retention. Impressions are taken of the mouth once teeth have been lost or removed, and dentures are made to fit. A complete denture replaces all teeth in an arch (upper or lower). A partial denture (“partial”) is made of metal or acrylic and can replace one or many teeth as long as you have healthy, strong teeth remaining to help support the prosthetic.

Typically, people with dentures must rely on denture adhesive to keep the denture in place. That is especially the case on the lower denture because the ridge of bone on the lower arch is much less substantial than the upper arch, so the denture “flops” more. The upper denture is usually the more stable denture, as it utilizes the surface area of the upper palate for added retention as it acts like a suction cup.


An overdenture is a denture attached to dental implants but still removable. This option helps stabilize or retain the denture in the mouth. The denture will actually “click” into place like a snap-button jacket.

As far as dentures go, this is a much more stable and secure option, especially for your lower arch. Our opinion is that all lower dentures should be overdentures so that we can restore our patients’ confidence to chew, speak, and smile again without the fear of floppy dentures.

Fixed Implant Dentures

Implant dentures and bridges are the ideal treatments as they are fixed (not removable) in the mouth and mimic the sensation of natural teeth. You do not remove these! Implants will replace the missing teeth (typically, four to six implants can replace up to 14 teeth), and your denture is attached to them. The advantage of implant dentures (also called implant bridges) is that they are the most durable and aesthetic option for missing teeth.

Are These Dentures Safe?

At Gentle Dentistry, we love implant-supported dentures. You can call these bridges. What’s important is that one or more dental implants are used to anchor the denture permanently. These devices are permanently attached to your implants, so they are ultimately strong and anchored. There is no slipping and no need for adhesives and the like.

Implants are the safest, most successful dental prosthetic, with a success rate of over 95 percent. A titanium implant base shaped like a tooth root is placed into the respective jaw. Your jawbone then grows to surround the titanium implant, making it one with the jawbone. A post is then attached to the implant’s abutment, and the implant-supported denture is attached to the post. Four to six implants are needed to support a long-span bridge.

The Dentures Procedure

The process of receiving dentures isn’t immediate: It can range from several weeks for traditional dentures to four to six months for fixed implant-supported dentures. All types of dentures require several appointments to achieve optimum results. Once Dr. Tong or Dr. Rasmussen determines the type of denture — traditional, overdentures, or fixed implant bridges/dentures — there is a general process, although it can vary depending on your situation:

  • We make a series of impressions of your jaw and bite, measure the space between your upper and lower jaws, and detail how they work together.
  • We create models, wax forms, or plastic patterns as demonstration dentures. You will try these for fit and function, and then Dr. Tong or Dr. Rasmussen will use them to check the color, shape, thickness, fit, and overall performance of your dentures.
  • Once you and Drs. Tong and Rasmussen agree that the fit and structure are right, final impressions are made for your final dentures. These are then sent to the dental lab to guide the fabrication of your dentures.
  • When the dentures are finished, we test them for fit and make further adjustments. From there, Drs. Tong and Rasmussen will probably make a few more minute adjustments as you get used to wearing your new dentures.

Call us to discuss your denture options in Tampa, Florida!

Schedule A Consultation

To learn more about dentures, please contact our office today at (813) 734-7102 to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Loc Tong, D.D.S.

Dr. Tong

Angela Rasmussen, D.D.S.

Dr. Rasmussen

Dr. Loc Tong and Dr. Angela Rasmussen are the two experienced dentists at Gentle Dentistry, serving the communities of Tampa, FL.

Loc Tong, DDS, the practice owner, obtained his Bachelors of Science in Biology from Nova Southeastern University, his Masters of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Barry University and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Howard University College of Dentistry in Washington, DC.

Dr. Tong is proficient in all facets of general dentistry and is particularly interested in implant and cosmetic dentistry. He is an active member of professional organizations, like the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and Florida Dental Association. He is committed to serving underserved communities globally.

Angela Rasmussen, DDS, is an alumnus of Niagara University in Niagara Falls, NY, and State University of New York, Buffalo. She completed a General Practice Residency and was Chief Resident at University Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. She received her Fellowship at the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Rasmussen is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, AGD, Academy of Osseointegration, Florida Dental Association, West Coast Dental Association, and Hillsborough County Dental Association. She is dedicated to continuous education and has received many industry honors.
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