Full Dentures in Duarte, CA
Losing a tooth, or teeth, and getting it replaced can be an overwhelming process. First, a patient’s self-confidence can be impacted when there’s a gap in his or her smile. The smile is often the first thing that people notice when they look in the mirror and it has a big impact on the way we view our appearance. Next, there are many options for replacing a missing tooth. From bridges to implants to dentures, it may feel overwhelming to make the decision.
Dentures are a popular choice because they look and feel like natural teeth but are typically less expensive than bridges or implants. There are several options when choosing dentures.
Complete, or full, dentures are used when all of a patient’s teeth are missing or have been extracted due to disease, trauma, or for medical reasons. This type of denture replaces the full set of teeth and some of the surrounding tissue of either the top set or bottom set of teeth, or in some cases both sets.
Partial dentures are used when only some teeth need to be replaced. This denture option is made up of replacement teeth that are attached to a plastic base that matches the color of the inside of your mouth. These dentures are held into place using metal framework. The partial denture fills in the gap created by missing teeth and keeps the other teeth from shifting or changing position.
The denture process usually takes three to six weeks and several appointments. First, the dentist will make impressions and take measurements of your jaw. Next, models or wax forms will be created to test the fit, shape, and color prior to casting the final denture. After the final denture is created, final adjustments will be made.
Patients with dentures find that their new teeth, which are created individually and uniquely for each patient, look and function much like their natural teeth. Getting used to the dentures may take a week or two, but once the patient’s mouth muscles adjust to the appliance patients can eat, drink, and speak just like before they lost a tooth.
Dr. Brianne Luu of Gentle Care Dentistry in Duarte, CA, is skilled at helping patients with all of their dental care needs. If you are looking for a family dentist who can help determine the right treatment path to replace missing teeth and help you get the smile you loved back, call the office of Gentle Care Dentistry today.