A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue.  They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.

There are two types of dentures: complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.  A Partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.


A Complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.”  A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks.  During this time the patient will go without teeth.  Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process.  Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.


An important step in maintaining ones healthy smile is to replace missing teeth. When teeth are missing, the remaining ones can change position, drifting into the surrounding space. Teeth that are out of position can damage tissues in the mouth and other remaining natural teeth. As a result, you run the risk of premature additional tooth loss. A removable partial denture fills in the space created by missing teeth and fills out your smile. A partial denture helps you to properly chew food, and prevents your remaining natural teeth from moving, a difficult task when you are missing teeth. In addition, a partial denture will improve confidence by preventing premature aging because it provides support for lips and cheeks.


In most cases, your Denturist can restore a broken or cracked denture to its original state. Repairs may be required when breakage or chipping occurs, when one or more teeth need to be added to an existing denture (due to tooth extraction), or because of wear and tear.

Most repairs can easily be done in one day, through an in house lab. If your denture requires a repair, it may be because of underlying problems, including age of the denture, worn teeth, poor fit, or poor bite. Your Denturist is the professional who can best explain how to prevent denture breakage from occurring. Here at Signature 28 Denture Clinic, our in-house lab provides the advantage of repairing your denture within a few hours.

Do you have more questions or concerns about what are dentures? Book a FREE consultation with Curtis Wiebe at Signature 28 Denture Clinic at 403.228.53.11. You’ll meet with a fantastic team of professionals who are truly dedicated to your beautiful smile.

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