Dentures provide an excellent solution for patients with moderate to severe tooth loss. If the missing teeth are not replaced, patients’ facial muscles will begin to sag over time, accelerating the aging process. Dentures help retain the structure of the face, assist in chewing, and keep your smile whole and radiant.
Tooth loss may be inevitable, but that should not prevent you from regaining your smile. At our office, Roshan Emam D.D.S. in Palo Alto, CA, we are dedicated to building beautiful and wholesome smiles. You can be sure that we will design a denture that will be comfortable to wear, look good, and provide you with a proper bite and smile that will last for years.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are removable applications that are designed to precisely and comfortably rest on top of the gums. They are composed of natural-looking artificial teeth attached to a metal frame. Besides being cost-effective, dentures are pretty versatile. They can be used to replace a few lost teeth or all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaws.
Types of Dentures
Full dentures are removable artificial teeth that are designed to replace all the teeth in the mouth. This is the best alternative for patients who have lost all or most of their teeth. In case of any remaining teeth, they may have to be extracted to ensure a proper fit and comfort of the denture. Full Dentures can sometimes be fitted over the remaining teeth, especially when they are preserving the jaw bone structure.
Partial Dentures are used by people who still have several remaining teeth. They are created by attaching replacement teeth to a piece of plastic molded to fit over the roof of your mouth. The replacement teeth are created to fit around the existing teeth when in place. A partial denture also stabilizes the dentition and bite and prevents undesirable shifting of the remaining natural teeth.
What Is the Process of Making Dentures?
Making dentures could take a few weeks and you will have to visit your dentist several times. After selecting the type of dentures that suits you best, a series of impressions are taken of your mouth. Measurements of your jawbone are taken to check the correlation of the jaws and the amount of space between them. Models are created in the precise shape and position of the denture to be fabricated. This model is tested on the patient several times, and it is assessed for the shape, color, and fit before the denture is cast. The permanent denture is cast after the required adjustments are made.
If you are interested in learning more about your denture options, call Roshan Emam D.D.S. in Palo Alto, CA at (650) 321-0340 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Emam.