Dentures & Partials in Fresno, CA

Revitalize Your Smile and Confidence with Custom Dentures and Partials from Whitlow Dental Care

Full and Partial Dentures

Is your smile less vibrant and joyful because of missing teeth? At Whitlow Dental Care, Fresno, CA, dentist, Dr. Kurt Whitlow creates life-like dentures and partials to beautifully replace missing teeth and restore patient's ability to eat, speak, and laugh without embarrassment. Contact us at (559) 441-7700 to schedule a free consultation for dentures or partial dentures, or keep reading the helpful guide below to learn more.

What are Dentures and Partial Dentures?

Dentures and partial dentures, also called complete and partial dentures, or full and partial dentures, are custom-crafted removable dental appliances designed to replace missing teeth. Constructed from durable acrylic or flexible thermoplastic resin, dentures and partials incorporate carefully colored and shaped artificial teeth embedded into clear or pink-tinted bases matching your gum tissues.

Partials are dentures that fill in gaps from one or more missing teeth and utilize precision clasps to securely anchor them to your remaining teeth. Full dentures are used to replace an entire row of upper and lower teeth. Both options for dentures integrate personal fit and facial contour considerations for comfortable, non-restrictive wear rivaling natural smiles. With proper care, dentures and partial dentures restore confidence and abilities for 10 or more years.

Benefits of Dentures and Partial Dentures

Full and Partial Dentures

For patients suffering from tooth loss or damage beyond salvage, dentures offer the following benefits:

  • Dentures are an affordable restoration method.
  • Complete and partial dentures eliminate gaps from missing teeth for improved facial aesthetics.
  • A set of complete dentures or partial dentures restore the ability to bite, chew, and taste a diverse diet high in nutrients.
  • Dentures help stabilize sagging facial features caused by missing teeth and bone loss.
  • Dentures reduce the excessive wear of remaining natural teeth contacting at irregular pressures.
  • Full and partial dentures help resolve speech impediments and embarrassing slurring from missing teeth.
  • Denture teeth help renew the self-confidence needed to freely smile, laugh, and express joy again.
  • New dentures can transform smiles in as little as a month.

Who Qualifies for Dentures and Partial Dentures?

You may qualify for full dentures or partials if any of the following apply to you:

  • You have tooth decay and infection untreatable through dental fillings, root canals, or other restorative measures.
  • You have gum disease, which has led to irreversible tooth loosening and the need for extractions.
  • You have facial bone loss or tooth detachment due to a lack of bone support.
  • You've experienced injuries, congenital disorders, or other conditions causing tooth absence.
  • Financial limitations make extractions the most viable option for you vs. other, more lasting treatments, such as dental implants.

The Denture & Partial Denture Process

Full and Partial Dentures

The denture process begins with a consultation at Whitlow Dental Care. You'll undergo a comprehensive oral examination and 3D digital oral scanning to evaluate your individual needs. Key considerations for whether you should start wearing dentures include:

  • Number, location, and health of remaining natural teeth
  • Amount of bone loss and gum tissue recession
  • Lip, cheek, and tongue structure and control
  • Jaw relationships between upper and lower arches
  • Facial aesthetics including smile design and tooth and gum shade and contours

Dr. Whitlow will discuss ideal denture design features and set realistic expectations based on your anatomy and oral conditions. He'll also identify potential issues like TMJ dysfunction or sleep apnea for coordinated concurrent treatment for optimal results.


For immediate dentures placed the same day as extractions, Dr. Whitlow begins by extracting severely compromised teeth and contouring and smoothing the underlying lower jaw and bones. For traditional conventional dentures that will be placed after your jaw has adjusted, temporary acrylic dentures are created to wear during initial healing. These temporary dentures protect extraction sites and provide a preview for evaluating the shade, size, and arrangement of permanent denture teeth. After complete healing, precision shaping and impressions are done to capture oral details for accurate dentures.


Utilizing digital oral scans, notes, photos, and other collected data, Dr. Whitlow collaborates with denture laboratory technicians to digitally design and custom fabricate your new dentures or partials.

Taking into account facial symmetry, lip dynamics, ideal tooth size, shade, orientation, and gum contours, your dentures are artistically crafted for seamless integration into natural facial aesthetics while ensuring durability and performance.

Manufacturing & Fitting

During this appointment, Dr. Whitlow evaluates the denture adjustments required for comfortable positioning without slipping, gagging, or awkward biting. He guides you through initial placement, removal, speech, and eating to ensure complete satisfaction and functionality before deeming your permanent dentures complete. While most patients adapt quickly, the Whitlow team offers additional try-in fittings until dentures perform reliably without compromising confidence or quality of life.

Denture & Partial Denture Aftercare

Full and Partial Dentures

Proper care for dentures and partials is important for keeping them functioning like natural teeth for over a decade. Key guidelines for caring for partial and full dentures include:

  • Handle your replacement teeth carefully while cleaning to avoid drops, impacts, or applied stress that cause fractures or warping. Spot clean with non-abrasive soap and hand brush.
  • Cleaning tablets or mild dish soap can help remove staining or odors from your artificial teeth. Peroxide-based soaks can help whiten both types of dentures naturally over time but avoid harsh chemicals and hot water.
  • Rinse your removable dental appliances thoroughly after meals and before placing them in your mouth.
  • Remove dentures or partials for at least a few hours daily. This allows gum tissues to breathe while preventing irritation, infection, and excess bone loss over time.
  • Visit Whitlow Dental Care at the first sign of discomfort, damage, or poor fit for necessary adjustments, realignments, and exams to maintain denture integrity. Dr. Whitlow includes periodic maintenance and relining for the lifetime of your dentures.
  • Take proper care of your remaining real teeth as well as your dentures to promote overall oral health and to help ensure your dentures remain compatible with the rest of your smile.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do dentures require adhesives?

With excellent anatomical fit, muscle control, and proper initial healing, dentures should reliably adhere without mess or hassle of glues. However, shrinking gum tissues over five or more years occasionally loosen the fit, requiring non-invasive reline procedures to retain a snug seal. If slipping and rocking emerge despite the personalized design, temporary light adhesives can keep dentures in place until scheduled relining appointments.

Can I sleep in dentures?

It’s highly recommended that you remove your dentures at night. Saliva flow decreases during sleep allowing plaque-rich films to coat dentures and gums, heightening gum infection and irritation risks. Nightly removal also gives sore spots a needed reprieve to heal while allowing oxygen circulation to gums for healthier denture wearing every day. Place removed dentures in purified water overnight to avoid warping.

Do partial dentures clasp onto teeth securely?

Utilizing durable yet gentle precision metals or clear plastic resins, partial denture frameworks incorporate clasps that contour around existing teeth without damaging enamel or roots. Clasps act as anchors to prevent shifting while chewing or speaking.

Your dentist will position and adjust clasps to avoid painful pinching and provide reliable yet comfortable gripping power. If loosening or discomfort ever occurs, quick and painless re-contouring and replacement of worn clasps restores a precision fit.

How long should dentures last?

With quality design, materials, at-home care, and routine dental maintenance, patients can expect around 10 years of superb denture performance before considering replacement. Eventually, ongoing bone and tissue changes tend to loosen the fit of even the highest quality dentures, making new false teeth necessary.

Transform Your Smile with Whitlow Dental Care's Lifelike Dentures!

If missing, failing, or unsightly teeth plague your smile and confidence, call on Whitlow Dental Care for remarkably life-like and durable dentures and partials to affordably restore oral health and joyful self-assurance.

Serving Fresno and surrounding areas like Kingsburg, Madera, and Muscatel, CA, Dr. Whitlow prioritizes comfort-focused care and advanced cosmetic artistry so you can eat heartily, speak clearly, and smile brightly again soon. Call (559) 441-7700 now to schedule your denture consultation and begin your journey towards renewed oral function and confidence!


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