Dentures are removable appliances that are used to replace missing teeth and improve your smile. When you lose all your natural teeth due to decay, gum disease, or an injury, replacing the missing teeth will improve your appearance as well as your overall oral health. Dentures are designed to match your natural teeth closely so that your appearance doesn't attract negative attention.
Types of Dentures
Full dentures are composed of an acrylic dental base and are colored to resemble gum tissue. It also can be used to support a complete set of porcelain or plastic teeth. The conventional full denture is placed by creating a seal between the gums and may be fixed to dental implants.
They are created using an acrylic base or a metal structure to support the teeth. The framework is secured in the mouth using clasps and rests, adjusted to fit around your natural teeth. The partial denture with an aluminum framework is the most traditional because of the metal's strength, rigidity, and durability. Plastic dentures are utilized as temporary or emergency replacements for missing teeth. They allow the bone and gums to heal till a permanent replacement is in place.
How are Dentures Made?
After extracting or losing a tooth, the socket starts to fill up with bone, the gum tissue heals and changes shape. It can take a few months before the bone and gums reach an ideal shape. After that, a standard full denture can be made in 8 to 12 weeks after removing the teeth.
The process begins with taking several impressions or molds of the dental tissues that serve as the foundation for the denture. The dental laboratory utilizes these impressions to create models of the mouth of the patient. Our dentist will transfer them to the patient's mouth at each step to ensure a proper fit and a healthy bite. We make sure that both the fit and aesthetics of the denture are pleasing. The patient should visit our dentist every week for approximately 4 to 5 weeks until the process is completed.
We offer immediate dentures so that patients have something to wear on the day they get their teeth removed. It is a temporary device until a traditional denture is created.
Care of Dentures
- Just like your teeth, clean your dentures daily to get rid of plaque and foods particles.
- Brushing prevents your dentures from staining.
- Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and a non-abrasive cleanser to clean the surfaces of your dentures.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Pleasanton, CA, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Dogra. Please call us at (925) 600-9006 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.