When your teeth go missing, your jawbone gradually declines, and the empty void can cause substantial changes to the mouth and facial structure. Eating your favorite foods, smiling open-heartedly, and your self-confidence will take a hit. Tooth loss can also lead to decay, cracks, and increased sensitivity to your remaining teeth since they take on the additional burden. If you have lost a few or all your teeth, at Roshan Emam D.D.S., in Palo Alto, California, we provide several denture options to help restore your oral function and smile appearance.
Types of Dentures
Complete dentures are a viable tooth replacement option when all of your teeth are missing. Dental technology has advanced in recent years, making dentures more comfortable and natural-looking than possible previously. If you opt for a complete set of dentures, your gums need to heal for eight to twelve weeks after any remaining teeth are removed. The bones and gums will begin to shrink following your extraction. A waiting period of twelve weeks will ensure that your complete denture set will fit securely. Another alternative is to get immediate dentures, and it does not require a waiting period. Dr. Emam will perform a few adjustments after your gums and bone change shape.
Partial dentures are a perfect remedy for replacing a few missing teeth. This denture is held in position by a gum-colored plastic base. A metal framework is generally fabricated to secure the base and prevent it from falling out. Partial dentures provide vital support for your jawbone and remaining teeth, minimize problems such as sensitivity and alignments.
This advanced restoration option offers a better fit than conventional dentures for improved confidence when eating, speaking, and smiling. If you are a suitable candidate, Dr. Emam will drill holes into your denture to align perfectly with the new dental implants, which have small ball joints on the top. The denture snaps firmly into place over the ball joints, holding the restoration in the area to prevent it from falling off or irritating your gums.
How Are Dentures Made?
First, Dr. Emam will examine your gums and remaining teeth to determine the type of dentures needed for your condition. Typically, Dr. Emam will capture several impressions to assess your jaw functions and movements. Based on these impressions, the dental lab will construct a set of dentures that fit perfectly and look natural and fit. During your fittings, the necessary adjustments can be made to give you a comfortable fit and bite.
To learn more about our denture treatments, visit our office, Roshan Emam D.D.S., at 850 Middlefield Rd. Suite 8, Palo Alto, CA 94301. You can also reach us at (650) 321-0340.