A denture is a removable dental appliance that serves as a replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. Dentures are constructed 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 in cases when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.

Some reasons to consider dentures include:

  • Loss of all teeth in an arch (complete dentures)
  • Loss of several teeth in an arch (partial dentures)
  • To enhance the appearance of your smile or facial tissues
  • To improve chewing, speech, and digestion

Complete vs. Partial dentures

A complete denture can be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed (usually takes four to six weeks). During this time the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and placed immediately after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues have had an opportunity to shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.

Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, however they may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted at some point due to normal wear.


Denture services

We design and prepare numerous restorative options for full or partially dentate clients. Whether you require full or partial denture services, we can provide a high-quality, durable device that will serve your appearance and functional requirements.

We also can repair broken or damaged dentures in a timely manner.

Denture relines and refits can restore an existing denture’s function, making it feel more comfortable and adding years of renewed service.

James Bay Denturists offers a number of denture solutions to fit your unique needs, including:


Celara® offers an effective means of replacing an existing denture. Once a denture-wearing patient gets used to their device they often cringe at the idea of having to replace it because adjusting to new dentures can be difficult. Fortunately, Celara® allows denturists to provide patients with new dentures modeled after their old ones. This innovative product and procedure saves you time and money by eliminating the need for preliminary impressions, wax rims, and trays and it can deliver a near-identical final denture in just three appointments.


Appropriate for patients with metal allergies, DuraCetal® partial dentures are a natural-looking, biocompatible option. Stronger than traditional acrylics, these partials are non-porous, stain resistant, and nearly unbreakable. DuraCetal® partials are extremely comfortable and have a rigid, yet forgiving framework. They can be constructed in numerous shades to provide a natural esthetic.

DuraCetal® partials are a great option for patients who do not want a metal framework or those worried about retention; the clasps on DuraCetal® devices are made to fit a deeper undercut, enabling them to stay put.


EsthetiClasp™ partials combine the durability of metal partials with the esthetic beauty of acrylic options. These partial dentures are made with a premium dental alloy and have hidden clasps that make it undetectable to others. With a unique form that utilizes mesial and distal undercuts, the EsthetiClasp™ has good retention and remains comfortable.


Valplast® is a flexible partial denture that blends in beautifully with natural teeth. Valplast® is a completely metal-free device that is softer and stronger than traditional acrylic, providing more comfort without sacrificing the integrity of the device. Additionally, Valplast® is thinner and more flexible than most other partial devices and won’t stain or absorb odor.

Patients routinely comment on the comfort they receive from wearing Valplast® partial dentures.

Valplast® offers an ideal solution for patients with metal allergies or a history of frame breakage, as well as patients with mandibular tori (bony growths in the upper and lower jaws). Valplast® in not recommended for patients who require a rigid appliance, patients with few remaining teeth, or patients with a flat ridge.

For more information about full and partial denture options or to schedule an appointment, please contact our office.

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