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By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
February 19, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  

Are you wondering whether dentures are the best way to replace your missing teeth? We know a lot of thought goes into making the right decision regarding your oral health, and our Midland, MI, dentist Dr. Kathryn Winkel can provide you with the information you need to make the best decision regarding how to replace your missing teeth. If you are thinking dentures might be right for you, here are the different types of dentures you’ll need to know about first.

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures are designed to fully replace all teeth in the upper or lower jaws. These teeth sit directly on top of the gums, where they naturally suction to the gums to stay in place; however, depending on whether you have a lower or upper set of complete dentures, you may also choose to use denture adhesives to keep teeth from shifting or moving around.

Complete dentures are custom-made to fit your mouth, providing you with natural-looking false teeth that sit on an acrylic base made to resemble gum tissue. These teeth are worn during the day but must be removed and placed into a soaking solution overnight.

Partial Dentures

If you only have a few teeth missing, then our dental team will recommend partial dentures. This type of dentures is either removable or fixed in place. We can discuss the pros and cons of each type of partial dentures to help you decide the right one for you. Clasps connect to natural teeth to hold removable partial dentures in place, while dental crowns are cemented over natural teeth to fix partials (also referred to as a dental bridge) permanently in place.

Immediate Dentures

These prefabricated dentures are placed immediately after a tooth extraction, so you never have to be without teeth. We can place these dentures the very same day and they are worn while the gums are healing. Since it can take weeks for the gums to heal, our Midland, MI, general dentist wants you to still have teeth to be able to talk and chew during the healing process. Once your gums have healed, then we can place your permanent dentures.


These false teeth sit on top of the gums but are held in place with dental implants. Implants are metal posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone to take the place of missing tooth roots. Depending on how many teeth you are missing, implants can support your partial or full dentures.

If you’d like to get dentures here in Midland, MI, our family dentist Dr. Winkel can provide you with this custom dental appliance to restore your smile. To find out if you’re an ideal candidate for dentures, call us today at (989) 631-6680 to schedule a consultation.

By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
July 08, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dentures  

Dentures can help restore chewing, make speaking easier and even improve your confidence.

If you are missing most or all of your teeth then you may be considering getting dentures from our Midland, MI, dentist Dr. Kathryn Winkel. While there are many ways to replace missing teeth these days, many people still turn to dentures because they provide a fast, easy, non-surgical and inexpensive solution to getting teeth back.

Who is a good candidate for dentures?

An ideal candidate is someone who is dealing with significant tooth loss. Most people coming into our Midland, MI, office are visiting our dentist because they are missing all or the majority of their teeth but still have healthy gum tissue and a strong jawbone. If you are only missing a couple of teeth, you may not be an ideal candidate for dentures but there are other ways to restore your smile.

What types of dentures are available?

The number of teeth that we need to replace is going to be the determining factor as to which type of dentures will be the best solution for you. Types of dentures include,

Full dentures: If you are missing an entire row of teeth then full dentures are going to be able to replace all of your teeth. Full dentures can be used on both the upper and lower jaws.

Partial dentures: If you are missing several teeth but still have some healthy teeth remaining then partial dentures will be able to fill these gaps. These false teeth attach to neighboring teeth to hold them in place.

Immediate dentures: This type of false teeth is placed immediately after someone has had a tooth extraction. These are not considered a long-term fix but rather a set of teeth for patients to wear temporarily until their mouths fully heal from surgery and they can get their permanent dentures.

Implant-supported dentures: If you are interested in getting dental implants but need to replace all of your teeth, we can still place dental implants along the jawbone to hold your dentures firmly in place.

Do you have questions about getting dentures? If so, the next step is to talk with our Midland, MI, family dentist to find out if you are an ideal candidate for dentures or any of the tooth replacement options we offer. To get one step closer to restoring your smile, call our office at (989) 631-6680 to schedule a consultation.

By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
July 16, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dentures  

If you are living with damaged teeth, or you are missing your teeth, you need to get your beautiful smile back! The right denture can make all the difference in your smile, and in your life. Dr. Kathryn Winkel in Midland, MI, offers a full range of dental services, including dentures, to get you smiling again.

Your smile is often the first thing people notice when they meet you, and not having a smile can damage your self-esteem and self-confidence. You deserve a great looking smile, and a denture can help you achieve it.

These are just a few of the important benefits of a denture:

  • Enhanced chewing ability, so you can enjoy the foods you love; full chewing function also helps your digestion, which aids your general health.
  • Restored facial fullness and renewed facial contours, which can help you look younger
  • Creation of a beautiful new smile that will make you confident and proud to smile again

Modern dentures are made to last, giving you many years of beautiful smiles. Denture materials are durable and sturdy, but also beautiful. Dr. Winkel can help you choose the right denture to make you smile.

Types of Dentures

Consider full dentures if you need to replace an entire arch of teeth; they come in several types:

  • Conventional dentures, which are made after your tissue has healed completely, at around 6 to 8 weeks. They have the advantage of you only getting used to one denture.
  • Immediate dentures, which are placed right after your teeth are removed; a conventional denture will be made for you after 6 to 8 weeks. Immediate dentures have the advantage of you never having to go without teeth.
  • Implant-supported dentures, also called overdentures, which are snapped in place over dental implants; overdentures have the advantage of helping to maintain bone, to prevent facial sagging.

You can also choose partial dentures if you need to replace several missing teeth but not an entire arch.A partial denture is made as a conventional partial, which is strong and sturdy and meant for permanent tooth replacement, or transitional partial, which is a temporary tooth replacement solution while you are waiting for dental implants.

You deserve a great new smile, and the right denture can help you achieve it. To find out more about dentures and other restorative, cosmetic, and preventive dental services, call Dr. Kathryn Winkel in Midland, MI, today!

By Kathryn Winkel, DDS
June 06, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  

DenturesFind out whether or not dentures could restore your smile and your appearance.

When people think about tooth loss they often think about dentures. This is because this oral prosthetic has been around for centuries. Of course, modern-day dentures have been vastly improved to provide a more realistic and comfortable tooth replacement for those missing several or all of their teeth. Our Midland, MI, dentist, Dr. Kathryn Winkel, is here to tell you more about dentures to help you determine if this is the right option for you.

Complete Dentures

Just as the name suggests, complete dentures are recommended when you are missing all of your natural teeth. They can be used to replace either the upper or lower teeth, or both. They are made to look just like real teeth and even contain a foundation that resembles natural gum tissue.

Complete dentures stay in place by suctioning themselves to natural gum tissue or by using denture adhesives. While adhesives can help dentures stay in place, often times these removable prosthetics can shift or move around when speaking or chewing.

Partial Dentures

This type of denture can be used when you are missing some of your teeth but you still have some natural teeth remaining. Just like complete dentures, partial dentures also contain a gum-like acrylic base that contains a row of artificial teeth. Partial dentures usually have some metal clasps or attachments that are connected to neighboring natural teeth to secure the false teeth in place.

Immediate Dentures

If our Midland general dentist has to extract one or more natural teeth we may place immediate dentures right after the extraction so that you have a full set of teeth the same day. Of course, immediate dentures are not custom-fitted and are usually only temporary until your gums have fully healed. Once the gums have healed we can fit you with a permanent set of dentures.

Implant-supported Dentures

While the fit, feel, and design of dentures have certainly changed for the better, we know that they won’t feel or look exactly like real teeth. We understand that it can be frustrating to feel your teeth move, shift, or make noise when trying to enjoy your favorite foods or talk to your colleagues; however, if you want a more stable tooth replacement, we can place four implants into the jawbone to help stabilize and hold your dentures in place. You’ll never have to worry about your teeth moving around on you again, and chewing and speech will be restored.

Do you have questions about the different kinds of dentures offered in Midland, MI? Do you want to sit down and discuss which kind is right for you? We would be happy to help you get back that beautiful smile. Call our office today to schedule a consultation.

By Dr. Kathryn Winkel, DDS
July 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

Missing several or all of your teeth can put you in an uncomfortable position when you need to make a good impression. Whether you're dentureson a date or in a job interview, a great smile makes you appear approachable and confident. Trying to hide your teeth's flaws - or putting them on full display - can have the opposite effect, giving other people the wrong idea about you. That's why your Midland, MI dentist, Dr. Kathryn Winkel, suggests dentures as a way for her patients to not only improve their smile, but enhance their entire life.

How do dentures work? 

Most people are familiar with the basic concept of dentures: "false teeth" that are worn when someone is missing their natural teeth. They fit over the gum ridges using a combination of suction and denture paste and are removed for cleaning and sleeping. However, because dental technology has made such great strides in the past few decades, dentures are no longer the artificial-looking and often uncomfortable replacements that they once were. The materials used for both the teeth and the base appear much more realistic, and the measurements taken by your Midland dentist are digital and far more accurate, giving you optimal comfort and support. Even the ingredients in denture paste are more efficient and long-lasting than they were in years past.

How can dentures help me?

In addition to filling in your smile with beautiful tooth restorations, dentures from your Midland dentist give you the ability to chew foods that might have been off-limits before, especially raw vegetables and meat, giving your diet the much-needed nutrients that come from them. Dentures also help to "prop up" the muscles in the face, which naturally sag when teeth are missing and the jawbone begins to deteriorate from lack of use.

If you think dentures sound like a great solution for your dental problems, we encourage you to contact your Midland, MI dentist, Dr. Winkel, to set up a consultation today!