Have you had one or more teeth removed and are looking for replacements? After having a tooth extracted, you must find a suitable replacement for it. Gaps in your mouth caused by the missing teeth could have serious long-term effects on your oral and overall general health. Complications such as facial muscle sagging, shifting of remaining teeth, and tooth infection could occur.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are suitable replacements for missing teeth. These dental appliances are specifically designed to fill in gaps or to replace entire rows of teeth to give you an improved bite and a more attractive smile. If you need a partial, upper or lower denture, our dentist Dr. Tracy Ngo at Stevens Creek Family Dentistry can provide you with dependable, cost-effective solutions for your needs and budget.
What Are the Benefits of Dentures?
- Dentures will provide you with a beautiful, natural-looking smile.
- Your speech and confidence will be enhanced.
- There will be fewer dietary restrictions.
- The sagging of the facial muscles can be prevented.
- They are fully functional and comfortable.
Types of Dentures
Complete dentures are removable false teeth that replace all the teeth in your mouth or arch. With a gum-colored plastic base, traditional dentures hold a complete set of artificial teeth. When receiving a full denture, you will need to undergo extractions if there are still any remaining teeth present. Following your teeth extraction, impressions of your mouth are taken to prepare the dentures. Proper care is taken to make certain that your dentures fit perfectly on your gums, staying in place even without denture adhesive.
Partial dentures provide an excellent alternative for patients who only need replacements for a few teeth. The replacement teeth, often made of porcelain or acrylic, are attached to a pink plastic base similar to regular complete dentures. Partials use metal clasps to attach themselves to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth gap, holding them in position while speaking and eating.
Immediate dentures, or temporary dentures, are artificial teeth created so that the patient does not go without teeth following extractions. To fabricate the temporary dentures, your mouth impressions are taken before your teeth are removed. However, because your bones and gums may shift over time, they often need some adjustments to the denture base to make it fit more comfortably.
- Implant-Supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures offer a perfect solution for patients looking to significantly improve their ability to chew and smile. Implants are metal screws anchored and fused to your jawbone through surgery. They are attached to your dentures by a piece called an abutment. While the implants are not removable, your replacement teeth make them just as easy to maintain and clean as other dentures.
Dr. Tracy Ngo at Stevens Creek Dentistry in Santa Clara could help you get your complete smile back. Call us today at 408-261-8882 to schedule your dental consultation and know more about affordable dentures.