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Dentures

Missing teeth can be a major source of anxiety because they affect your oral function, health, and appearance.

High-quality dentures can replace missing teeth, restoring your ability to eat, smile, and speak with confidence.

Learn more about the traditional and implant-supported dentures offered at Sharp Smile Center, serving Kalamazoo and Portage, MI.

Traditional dentures can be secured with clasps, suction, and adhesives. Above you can see a partial denture filling tooth gaps in different areas of the lower dental arch.

Contact Our Practice to Find Out How We Can Restore Your Smile

At Sharp Smile Center, Dr. Michael Sharp offers traditional and implant-supported dentures. Implant-supported prosthetics provide a range of outstanding benefits, including excellent stability and prevention of jaw atrophy. However, this option is not suitable for every patient.

With more than 35 years as a dentist, Dr. Sharp has studied with masters in the field and is highly trained in implant dentistry. He can conduct a detailed analysis of your teeth, gums, and jawbone to determine which solution is best for your needs.

Contact us online or call our practice in Kalamazoo to schedule a consultation. We draw patients from Kalamazoo, Portage, and the surrounding area who are looking for a highly trained dentist.

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(269) 344-4004

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Dr. Michael Sharp is proud to serve Kalamazoo, Portage, and other communities throughout southwest Michigan.
Friendly, Professional, Informative.. What else could you ask for? Nothing..This is a incredible dental experience. A one stop office that takes care of all your needs. Don't like being sent to one dentist for a procedure and referred to another for additional treatment. Come to the Sharp Smile Center. ALL your needs will be taken care of. Thank You so much Dr. Sharp and Staff for helping me, making the whole experience great. Douglas S., 5-star Google review

Additional Options For Treating Tooth Loss

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The above options are ideal for multiple missing teeth. If you are missing a few teeth in a row, it may be possible to place a dental bridge. A bridge can be held in place with crowns attached to nearby teeth or with dental implants. If you are missing just one tooth, a single crown attached to an implant can fill the gap.

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Conventional Dentures vs.
Implant-Supported Restorations

Traditional dentures rest on the dental arch or may use clasps around natural teeth for added stability. Denture adhesives can also improve stability.

Implant-supported prosthetics are secured with dental implants. These artificial tooth roots provide the most secure anchor for dentures and other dental restorations.

Traditional Dentures

The benefits of traditional dentures include:

  • Cost-effectiveness: Since traditional dentures don't require patients to undergo implant surgery, the total cost of treatment is more affordable.
  • A faster treatment process: Implant surgery requires a three- to six-month healing period, which extends the total treatment timeline. A traditional solution, on the other hand, can replace your teeth much sooner.

Implant-Supported Dentures

The benefits of implant-supported restorations include:

  • Preventing jaw atrophy: Like natural tooth roots, dental implants send regenerative signals to your jawbone, preventing the recession that occurs after tooth loss.
  • Provide excellent stability: Implant-supported restorations do not require adhesive or suction from your palate to stay in place. They fasten securely to your implants and will not slip or click during meals or when you speak.

Before and After Dentures Real Patient Photo

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This patient was interested in a more stable denture.  Working with the doctors at Sharp Smile Center, an implant supported upper denture with locking pins was used to provide stability for this patient's denture. 

Discuss Your Options Which Type of Denture Is Right for Me?

Given all of the restorative dentistry options for tooth loss, it's important to speak with an experienced dentist about the right procedure for your needs. Dr. Sharp can review your options and help you get the precise treatment you need. Send our practice a message or give our Kalamazoo, MI, dental office a call at (269) 344-4004.

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5-Star Reviews from the Kalamazoo and Portage Area

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william pringle

2017

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The very best for excellence in dental care. In every element, my experience with this staff has been nothing short of superb. From cleaning to implant and crown work, I couldn't have asked for better, more caring professional attention. I drive 247 miles from Central Illinois to remain a patient of this dental service, and it's worth every mile.

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Paul Hamilton

2019

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Greatest Dental Team on the planet, I am an anxious Dental Patient but with their strong desire to make me comfortable, I am in the middle of full implants with great hopes for the future. Thanks Dr. Mike and crew!!!

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The Treatment Timeline For Traditional Dentures

The typical traditional dentures treatment process involves five steps. If you are receiving an implant-supported restoration, you can expect treatment to take about three to six months longer because you must undergo and recover from dental implant surgery.
The typical traditional dentures treatment process involves five steps. If you are receiving an implant-supported restoration, you can expect treatment to take about three to six months longer because you must undergo and recover from dental implant surgery.

Consultation

During your consultation, our dentist will assess the condition of your teeth and gums and discuss your treatment options with you. If you have severely decayed teeth, we can extract them or perform restorative treatments. Any signs of gum disease will also need to be treated. Once we have a healthy foundation for your restoration, we can move forward with treatment.

Impressions

The next step is to take digital impressions of your teeth and gums. With your input and help, we will also design your prosthetic at this appointment so it complements your facial features and looks as natural as possible. Your digital impressions and design specifications will be sent to the technicians at our trusted dental lab, where they will craft a prosthetic that fits securely and comfortably.

Fabrication

We work with a reputable dental lab where skilled technicians create your custom dentures using high-quality materials. Dr. Sharp will provide the dentistry lab with all of the information they need to fabricate your custom restoration, including precise details about the appearance, the type of materials used to craft the prosthetic teeth, and accurate images and measurements of your mouth.

Try-Ins

After your custom restoration has been made (this process typically takes a few weeks) you will return to our office serving greater Kalamazoo and Portage, MI, to try on your prosthetic. Our doctors will assess the fit to ensure that your new restoration feels comfortable, functions properly, and looks attractive. If any adjustments are needed, we will send your restoration back to the lab.

Delivery

Once the ceramicists at the dentistry lab have completed any final adjustments, you will come back to our office for your permanent restoration. With your new restoration in place, you can feel confident showing off your smile, going out to eat, and talking with family and friends.
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Each set of dentures we provide is carefully crafted to fit precisely and look absolutely natural. Sharp Smile Center prides itself on creating partial and complete dentures that fit well.

How Long Do Dentures Last?

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With proper at-home care, your prosthetic can last many years. While the restoration will eventually need to be replaced due to normal wear and tear, many restorations can last up to a decade.

Caring for Your Traditional Denture To get the most from your prosthetic, make sure you:

Remove your denture every night before going to sleep

Place your denture in water or a soaking solution overnight

Brush the denture clean with a soft-bristled toothbrush

Cover your sink with a towel for padding to prevent damage

Thoroughly rinse your denture before putting it back in


Additional Denture Care Tips

If you have an implant-supported prosthetic, you can care for it just as you would your natural teeth. Brush twice and floss at least once each day, and make sure to attend six-month checkups with your dentist.

Dentures Cost and Financing

Because of the range of options, the cost of treatment can vary greatly, with patients spending anywhere from $2,500 to $30,000 on their new dentures.

The total cost of your treatment plan will depend on whether you need full or partial dentures, the type of material used, and if the prosthetic will be secured with dental implants. Our dentists are always mindful of affordability, which is why we will work with you to help reduce out-of-pocket costs and find an affordable denture solution.

Insurance and Financing Options

Our team serving Kalamazoo and Portage will check your insurance plan to see if any costs are covered by your provider.

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Sharp Smile Center also offers financing options, including CareCredit® and LendingClub®, to help you pay for the treatment you need in monthly installments.

Denture Repair Options Fixing Denture Fractures

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In the event that your prosthetic becomes damaged, do not attempt to repair it yourself. The appliance will need professional attention from a dentist to assess the damage. Contact Sharp Smile Center and we will determine if a repair is possible or if a new prosthetic is needed.

Sharp Smile Center made me comfortable and everyone was very friendly and nice. They make sure they take the time to listen to your needs and what matter most. Would highly recommend to others. Before I was always very nervous and had high anxiety going to the dental office. Matt W., 5-star Google Review
Dr. Michael Sharp

Sharp Smile Center

Dr. Michael Sharp believes in using his advanced dentistry skills and top-of-the-line dental technology to help people change their lives for the better — inside and out. Dr. Sharp belongs to a number of prominent organizations, including the:
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • American Dental Association
  • Michigan Dental Association
We invite you to request a consultation online or call us at (269) 344-4004 today.

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"Eight implants and many crowns later, I have a smile to be proud of. With the aid of sedation, we got a lot done in a short time. THANK YOU Dr. Sharp and staff for getting me through my dental problems." Gene

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