Gaps in your smile—or total tooth loss—take away your ability to really enjoy life. Not only do you need teeth to eat, speak, and smile, but with one or more teeth gone, many end up hiding more than just their smiles. While losing teeth can be devastating, dentures can give you back the function, beauty, and confidence you’ve lost. Dentures are artificial teeth that can replace multiple consecutive teeth, up to and including both arches. They’re made to look like your natural teeth while supporting your cheeks and lips so the face muscles don’t sag and make you look older. Using cutting-edge materials and technology, modern dentures are the most realistic and customizable options yet.
Dr. Doug Olson has restored many happy smiles with dentures in Colorado Springs, CO. With 15 years in practice and training from the prestigious Spear Education institute, he can provide a variety of denture options, including complete dentures, partial dentures (partials), and implant supported dentures. Dedicated to building a relationship with you based on honesty and trust, Dr. Olson will always recommend the right solution for you, not something you don’t want or need.
We can create and fit a conventional complete denture for you within just two or more appointments. If you have one or more unhealthy teeth that need to be extracted, we offer tooth extractions in-house for your convenience. Once your gums have healed, we’ll fit you with your new smile. If your upper arch needs a restoration, you’ll receive an upper denture that’s designed to cover the roof of the mouth and rest against your gums, so it stays in place. A lower denture is molded in the shape of a horseshoe to allow room for your tongue and muscle attachments. Your tongue and cheek muscles help to hold this lower denture in place. With your preferences in mind, we’ll create dentures that not only fit and function properly, but we’ll also craft them in a way that the shape, size, and color offers a beautiful and confident smile.
Removable partial dentures are like denture bridges because they’re sets of artificial crowns in a row. While a partial denture is removable, a bridge is permanently cemented in place. A partial denture is positioned on special plastic or metal bases that correspond to the color of your gums. Partial dentures typically have a type of clasp that attaches to your healthy teeth and keeps the denture in place. We may recommend putting crowns on the healthy teeth to enhance their strength and give the denture a better fit in your mouth.
Dr. Olson can also attach dentures to dental implants, which are posts that are surgically placed in the upper and lower jaw to make the denture more stable and secure and to reduce jawbone loss. Many of our patients find that implant supported dentures are actually more comfortable and secure than conventional dentures. Dr. Olson can determine if you have enough bone to support the implants. If not, he can rebuild the bone through bone grafting! If you prefer dental implants over dentures, you can get anywhere from one implant to full mouth dental implants if needed.