Full and Partial Dentures
Depending on how many teeth are missing, you may need full or partial dentures. If many or all teeth are missing, a full set of dentures is appropriate. A full set of dentures is made of a plastic base that is designed to resemble natural gums along with a full set of artificial teeth. The teeth may be composed of porcelain or plastic. The dentures are removable and, when being used, are held in place by natural suction, forming a seal with the gums.
When only a few teeth are missing, partial dentures can be made. Like full dentures, partial dentures have a plastic base or may have a frame made of metal. Clasps that are attached hold the partial denture in place. Dentures are made about eight to twelve weeks after the teeth are lost to allow the gum tissue to heal and the tooth socket to become stable. Impressions are made of the patient’s mouth so that the dentures can be made in a laboratory.
Implant Supported and All On Four Dentures
Many patients are choosing to get dental implants or implant supported dentures as an alternative to traditional dentures. Implants are metal (usually titanium) posts that are inserted into the bone of the jaw. A crown is then placed over the implant to create a new tooth. This can also be done to create a denture by using several implants that are strategically placed to support a group of artificial teeth. An example of this is the All-On-Four dental implant procedure that uses four dental implants as the base for an entire upper or lower set of teeth. The implants eventually fuse with the jaw bone and provide a strong base of support for the artificial teeth, which need never be removed and can last for many years.
Call to Schedule an Appointment With a California Denture and Prosthetic Dentist Today
If you have many missing teeth and are considering a set of dentures, call to schedule an appointment with a California denture and prosthetic dentist today. At Hilltop Dental, our experienced professionals will evaluate your unique situation and help you decide what sort of tooth restoration plan will work best for you. We serve the cities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Westlake Village, Malibu, and surrounding areas. Check out our web page at hilltopdentalcare.com or give us a call at 818-303-2241 and let us help you get a set of dentures that will restore the function of your mouth for a long time to come.