A prosthodontist is a specialist in the restoration and replacement of broken and missing teeth. Dentures are removable prosthetic devices designed to replace missing teeth.


What are dentures?

Dentures are removable prosthetic devices designed to replace missing teeth.

What are partial dentures?

Partial dentures are dentures that replace only a few missing teeth.

What are complete dentures?

Complete dentures are dentures that replace a complete set of missing teeth.

Conventional Dentures

What is the difference between conventional dentures and immediate dentures?

Conventional dentures are dentures that are made and placed after the remaining teeth are removed and the tissues have healed. Immediate dentures are dentures that are placed immediately after the removal of the remaining teeth.

Pros/Cons of Conventional Dentures:

  • Removable
  • Tissue supported
  • Large denture size
  • Difficulty eating / poor digestion
  • Potential for sore spots
  • Social limitations due to lack of stability in the fit
  • Can lead to bone loss


4 Implant Supported Denture

What is an over-denture?

An over-denture is a denture that fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth or implants.

Implant therapy is an efficient and predictable treatment for the permanent replacement of a missing tooth or teeth ( single tooth replacement or multiple teeth replacement). It is also a suitable and sometimes better treatment option for the replacement of a tooth or teeth with a poor prognosis (single tooth replacement or multiple teeth replacement).

Implant therapy comprises of a treatment planning phase, a surgical phase and a restorative phase. During the treatment planning phase, Dr. Egbert will conduct a detailed dental and medical history, undertake a comprehensive examination of your unique oral structures and obtain detailed recordings and images of your mouth, jaw, gums and teeth. Dr. Egbert will then liaise with your restorative dentist (if you have one) to formulate an individually-tailored surgical plan.  As a Surgical Prosthodontist, Dr. Egbert is able to complete all phases of treatment without the need of a restorativel dentist.

In the surgical phase, Dr. Egbert will place a dental implant(titanium screw) into your alveolar (jaw) bone under local anaesthesia. The implant surgery is usually done as a single stage procedure; however, occasionally a two stage procedure is required if the bone quality is insufficient or the implant stability is compromised. When the dental implant is fully osseointegrated with the surrounding bone, your restorative dentist or Dr. Egbert will complete the restorative phase by constructing the implant-supported restoration (crown, bridge or denture).

In favorable situations, “Teeth In A Day” (immediate/early/delayed implant placement and immediate implant restoration ) can be achieved for replacing tooth/teeth with a poor prognosis or missing tooth/teeth. For more information please consult Dr. Egbert.

Implant surgery is usually performed under local anaesthesia and tolerated very well by most people. However, for patients who are nervous or where a number of dental implants are to be placed at one time, sedation is available for this procedure.


How do you wear a removable partial denture?

Removable partial dentures are attached to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments.

How long will it take to get used to wearing a partial denture?

Your partial denture may feel awkward or bulky for the first few weeks, but your mouth will eventually get used to it.

How long should you wear a partial denture?

Initially, you may want to wear your partial denture all the time. Your dentist will give you specific instructions on how long it should be worn and when it should be removed. Generally, your mouth tissues need to rest so it is advisable that you take out your partial denture at least 15 minutes per day.

Will the partial denture change the way you speak?

Actually, your partial denture may improve your speechm, as it can be difficult to speak clearly when you are missing teeth. However, it also will take time to get used to it.

For more information about how we at The Center of Dental Professionals  can help you with your denture questions, call us at (801) 747-8018, and we will be happy to talk with you.


What do dentures feel like?

For a few weeks, new dentures will feel awkward until you become accustomed to them. They might feel loose until the cheek and tongue muscles learn to hold them in position. It is not unusual to feel minor irritation or soreness. The patient needs to see his or her dentist for regular fit adjustments to relieve any sore areas.

Do dentures need to be replaced?

At The Center of Dental Professionals, we find that dentures will need to be relined, remade, or rebased due to normal wear over an extended period of time. In addition, the normal shrinkage of your gums and bones is also an important consideration when wearing dentures.

Are you able to eat with dentures?

Eating with dentures will take a little practice. You should start with soft foods that are cut into small pieces. As you become used to chewing, you can return to your normal diet.

Are there foods you should avoid if you wear dentures?

There are only a few eating restrictions for denture wearers, such as biting down directly on crunchy or hard foods, like whole apples, hard pretzels, crusty bread, or large sandwiches. Dentures can break due to the angle that the denture comes into contact with the hard surface.

Biting is limited only by the stability of the dentures themselves.  Insufficient bone structure (shrunken bone ridges covered by gum tissue), old or worn dentures, and a dry mouth decrease stability.  Call us at The Center of Dental Professionals to evaluate your personal situation.

If you wear dentures, are dental adhesives necessary?

Today’s dentures have been significantly improved through advances in both materials and dental technologies.  As a result, dentures that fit properly do not usually require adhesives to secure them.  When you are just getting used to your dentures, adhesives may be advised, but otherwise should not be necessary.

At The Center of Dental Professionals, we feel a loose denture is a sign that it doesn’t fit your mouth correctly.  When first getting used to dentures, you may notice them slipping when you laugh, smile, or cough, which is caused by air getting under the base and moving it.  The more you wear dentures, the better you will be able to control their movements in these situations.

If your mouth has insufficient bone structure, dentures will be more difficult to retain. Dental implants may be advisable. These are placed in the bone and retain the denture with small, precision attachments.

For more information about how we at The Center of Dental Professinals can help you with dentures, call us at (801) 747-8018, and we will be happy to talk with you.


How do you clean your dentures?

When cleaning your dentures, you should first rinse away loose food particles thoroughly. Then, moisten your toothbrush and apply denture cleanser. Brush every surface, scrubbing gently to avoid damage.

How many times a day does the denture need to be cleaned?

The denture needs to be cleaned two to three times daily.

What is good oral hygiene when you have full dentures?

In addition to taking care of your dentures, taking care of your mouth is also vital if you wear full dentures. This includes brushing your gums, tongue, and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before inserting your dentures. This stimulates your tissues and helps remove plaque.

For more information about how we at The Center of Dental Professionals  can help you with dentures, call us at (801) 747-8018, and we will be happy to talk with you.


What should you do if your dentures crack or break?

Call your dentist immediately.  Normally, dentures can be repaired quickly, often on the same day at The Center of Dental Professionals.  Damaged dentures can cause additional oral health problems, so see your dentist right away. Never attempt to repair dentures yourself! They require professional repair and adjustment.

Why can’t you fix dentures that break with glue?

Glues often contain harmful chemicals and are not effective in the proper repair of dentures.

For more information about how we at The Center of Dental Professionals  can help you with denture problems, call us at (801) 747-8018, and we will be happy to talk with you.

Dry mouth – Xerostomia

Dry mouth problem is common in the Salt Lake area. Moreover, the lack of adequate saliva is more than bothersome for three out of every ten Americans.

When the natural flow of saliva is reduced, you can experience trouble swallowing, pain throughout oral tissues and, nearly always, a short-cut to dental caries and gum disease. The tongue sticks, food doesn’t have much taste, and digestion suffers.  (For more details call us at (801) 747-8018.)

We know that Xerostomia, or dry mouth syndrome, can come with aging, or often as a side effect of many medications.   Half of all cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy experience an extreme form of xerostomia, with critical effects on their dental health. At the Center of Dental Professionals, we can help provide relief in the form of prescriptions for dry mouth toothpaste, special saliva-producing chewing gum, or saliva substitute solutions.

For more information regarding Xerostomia and methods of treatment, please call our office at (801) 747-8018.