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36th Street Dental | Dentures in St Louis Park

5806 West 36th Street, Suite A

Saint Louis Park, MN 55416

(952) 929-5292


36th Street Dental in St Louis Park MN


36th Street Dental in St Louis Park MN


A note from Dr. Dunlavey  "When seeing a before and after picture of this patient, two things should jump out at you.  The chipped and missing teeth are now present in the after photo.  By seeing the lower portion of the teeth we designed her smile to look younger!  She has a bigger and more lifelike smile.  I think the top denture looks like a denture and the after picture looks as if they are her own teeth.  The same principles are used if we build a patient a denture or do a full arch veneer case, we want them to look great"

Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as you please. Depending on each individual patient case, they may receive full or partial dentures. Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of dentures. There are two types of full dentures.

  • Conventional Full Dentures - This is when all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal before the dentures are placed. It could take a few months for the gum tissue to heal completely, and during this time you will be without teeth.
  • Immediate Full Dentures - Prior to having your teeth removed, your dentist takes measurements and has dentures fitted for your mouth. After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. The benefit is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth. You will, however, need to have a follow up visit to refit your dentures because the jaw bone will slightly change shape as your mouth heels. The dentures will need to be relined after the jaw bone has healed which usually takes 6 months.

Your dentures may take some time to get used to. The flesh colored base of the dentures is placed over your gums. Some people say that it feels bulky or that they don't have enough room for their tongue. Other times the dentures might feel loose. These feelings will affect the way you eat and talk for a little while. Over time, your mouth becomes trained to eat and speak with your dentures and they begin to feel more and more like your natural teeth. They may never feel perfectly comfortable, but it is much better than the alternative of not having teeth.

A Note from Dr. Dunlavey

You should always take your dentures out at night to let the gums breathe or you might get a fungal disease underneath the denture.  I usually tell patients to clean there dentures with Efferdent nightly and brush the denture with a toothbrush and water daily.  It is important to never use toothpaste on a denture as it is abrasive and will cause damage.


Please give us a call at 952-929-5292

St Louis Park Dentist | Dentures. Ryan Dunlavey is a St Louis Park Dentist.