Implant, Esthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry

Dr. Phelps has a long track record of helping patients who are unfortunately missing all of their teeth meet their dental needs. Edentulism, the state of missing all teeth, is a problem for many people.  Without teeth, or suitable replacement teeth, eating, speaking and smiling can be very difficult. Self-esteem and confidence suffer as well. Conventional dentures are one option to replace all missing teeth.

If you live in the Indianapolis, Indiana area and you want to learn more about your dentures options, please call Dr. John Phelps at 317-818-9858.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dentures
Dr. John R. Phelps, DDS, MSD
Who Needs Dentures?
Anyone missing more than one tooth in a row may be a good candidate for dentures, regardless of age.
Types of Dentures
Find out which one is the best fit for you!
Complete Dentures
Complete dentures replace an entire row of teeth. Full dentures will replace both the top and bottom rows.
Partial Dentures
Partial dentures replace a selection of missing teeth, adjacent to or in between natural teeth.
How Long Does it Take to Have Dentures Made?
It will take 3-6 weeks to plan, create, and place your dentures.
Do Dentures Hurt?
Discomfort following initial placement is not uncommon. Nor is slight discomfort when adjustments are needed. However, dentures that have been sized and placed correctly should not result in lasting discomfort.
How are Dentures Secured?
No matter the method, the goal is to have dentures that are fastened securely enough to the mouth that normal eating is possible, that comfort is maximized, and that the dentures can be easily cleaned.
Dental adhesives are the most common way of securing dentures. These make it very easy to remove dentures for cleaning.
Dental Implants
Implants can be used to secure both complete and partial dentures. Depending on the type of implant used, dentures may still be able to be removed from cleaning.
How Can I Keep My Dentures Clean?
In order to keep your dentures as clean as possible, you should consistently adhere to these methods to maintain the health and appearance of your dentures.
1. Soaking: Removable dentures should be soaked daily to remove buildup.
Brush your dentures as if they were your natural teeth. Even removable dentures should be brushed after every meal.
How is Eating Impacted by Dentures?
Dentures secured with adhesives may not provide a complete restoration of bite strength. Hard or crunchy foods may make these dentures come loose. Dentures supported by implants should allow for a complete diet and should not come loose or fall out.
How is Speaking Impacted by Dentures?
As with eating, adhesives may not fully secure dentures, allowing them to slip out of place when talking. This problem is eliminated when dentures are secured with implants.
Are Dentures Natural Looking?
Dentures are shaped, sized, and colored to fit seamlessly into your smile, allowing them to look and feel like natural teeth.
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Are There Good Alternatives to Dentures?
Explore your tooth replacement options and make the best decision for your smile!
Dental Bridge
A dental bridge can be used to replace a larger section of missing teeth.
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Dental Implants
Dental implants can be used to secure individual tooth replacement options like crowns. They can also be used with bridges and dentures for optimal support.
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What You Should Know About Dentures

There are certain popular misconceptions about dentures that often make patients reluctant to choose them. Dentures are often portrayed as clumsy, uncomfortable, one-size-fits-all devices that cause a “sunken” facial appearance. With this reputation, it’s not surprising that many people are concerned about dentures.Fortunately, the reality is quite different.The dentures offered by Dr. Phelps are customized for your specific needs. You will receive a set of dentures that is right for you. Dentures can be customized for:

We take your dental and aesthetic needs seriously. Dr. Phelps is committed to ensuring that your dentures are functional, comfortable and attractive. In some circumstances, dentures can actually be anchored by dental implants, providing you with a full set of replacement teeth while taking advantage of the strength, stability and durability of implants. We will be happy to discuss your teeth replacement options at an initial consultation. Dr. Phelps will examine your gums and remaining teeth and make a recommendation based on his many years of experience. If you’re an Indianapolis, Indiana resident in need of significant teeth replacement, dentures might be the right choice for you. Please call Dr. John Phelps at 317-818-9858 or contact us online.

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8902 N. Meridian Street, Suite 139 Indianapolis, Indiana 46260

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