Dentures and Partial Dentures in American Canyon
Modern dentures are comfortable, stable and great looking – quite unlike the bad reputation that they have! Book your visit as the first step to getting your smile back.
Benefits of Dentures
There is no doubt that having dentures when teeth have fallen out, can greatly improve the quality of life. With dentures in place, chewing is made easy. Healthy, solid foods that were eliminated or reduced from the diet, can make a come-back. Better chewing results in better digestion which in turn results in better overall health.
Lack of teeth causes the muscles in the face and jaw to sag which eventually changes the shape of the face making it look more aged. Having a full set of teeth can improve speaking, appearance, confidence and thus improve social life.
Consult with us for the kind of denture best suited for you. Several factors come into play while narrowing down denture options. How many of your natural teeth are left and the integrity of your jawbone will be especially important to determine what dentures would be best for you.
Before and After Denture
Immediate Complete Dentures
If you want to have a denture soon after extractions are done, you can ask for an immediate denture. These dentures require impressions of the mouth to be taken and sent to the lab in advance. This way, you don’t have to walk out of the clinic without teeth. Due to the lack of teeth, bones and gums shrink over a few months till they come to a stable shape. This requires the immediate dentures to be adjusted over many sittings to fit over shrinking gums and bones. These dentures are transitional. They are eventually replaced by permanent ones.
Conventional Complete Dentures
A conventional denture is made to replace the entire set of teeth. The set of dentures fits over the upper and lower gums, providing the functionality and look of having all teeth (although artificial).There are cases where it’s better to remove the remaining teeth, if they are not healthy, to accommodate for a conventional denture.
After any extractions or other required procedures, the gum and bone are allowed to fully heal. With no teeth in the mouth, the bone and gums shrink to some degree. After 8-12 months they come to a stable shape. A series of molds and impressions of the mouth are then taken to help make dentures that fit the mouth perfectly.
Dentures are made of acrylic base that look like gum tissue and acrylic or porcelain teeth. We can examine to see if you’re a good candidate for a conventional denture – this usually depends on whether you have enough bone structure to support the denture.
Full Upper and Lower Dentures
When there are still some natural, healthy teeth remaining, partial dentures can be made to fit around them. Partial dentures have clasps that go around natural teeth to hold them in place.
Metal Partial Dentures
Metal partial dentures have a metal framework and metal clasp. They are less bulky as compared to acrylic, stronger and long lasting.
Metal Partial Before Being Placed
Metal Partial On Being Placed
Acrylic Partial Dentures
Acrylic partial dentures can have metal clasps or can be fully acrylic. They can look more natural without the metal clasp showing.
Acrylic Partial Denture
Valplast Partial Dentures
Flexible partials or Valplast partials are made from nylon and thermoplastic resin. They offer a high degree of flexibility and fit seamlessly in the mouth making them virtually invisible. They are aesthetically far superior to other kinds of partials. These are BPA free, non-allergenic, don’t absorb odors or stains and are biocompatible.
Valplast Partial Denture
Implant Supported Dentures
For even more stability in the mouth, dentures can be supported with implants. Especially the lower arch denture tends to come under the force of the tongue and shift. This problem can be fixed by inserting 4 or more implant posts in the jaw and having the denture snap into them.
Implant Supported Partial Denture
Ball-lock dentures lock in with a ball closure
Bar-lock dentures lock in to a metal anchor