Replace missing teeth with dentures
While the goal is to always keep our permanent teeth, there are various reasons that tooth loss may occur. Sometimes it is due to trauma or injury, and other times it can result from decay or disease. Regardless of the reason, loss of permanent teeth needs to be addressed to halt any future damage to your oral health. Fortunately, dental technology has advanced to allow us to provide high-quality dental prosthetics that can restore your smile after tooth loss. Both full and partial dentures from Dr. Bostani’s Advanced Dental in Burbank, California, can give you back functionality and your oral health.
What are dentures?
Missing teeth can make it difficult to bite, chew, and speak and can even impact the structure of your face and make your cheeks appear to sag. Dentures are an affordable solution for tooth loss that can address all those issues. There are two main types of dentures: full and partial.
Full dentures are custom-made prosthetic devices that replace an entire arch of teeth. Once the teeth are extracted, the gums need to heal before dentures can be fitted.
Full dentures consist of a gum-colored base made from plastic or acrylic that sits over the gums. The custom-fit dentures are designed to fit snugly and look like your natural teeth. Full dentures can be removable, or they can be held in place with dental implants that are placed into the jawbone.
Partial dentures are a solution for patients who still have some healthy teeth remaining. These teeth will serve as the base for the partial dentures with one or more artificial teeth attached. Partial dentures are made using the same base type as full dentures and can be used on either the upper or lower arch of teeth. They should be removed each night before bed and soaked in a special denture cleansing liquid.
How long does it take to get dentures?
With both full and partial dentures, teeth needing extraction will be removed first, and the gums must heal. Once they have healed, impressions are taken and sent to a laboratory for custom fabrication of your dentures. While the entire process can take a few months, in the end, it’s worth it for a comfortable, natural fit.