When you lose permanent teeth, the risk of oral health problems increases, and it becomes increasingly difficult to bite and chew. Dentures lower the risk of potential complications and restore your smile to its near-original condition. At Image Aesthetic Dentistry, Roger Gilbert, DDS, and the team offer several types of dentures, including complete, partial, and implant-retained overdentures. To make an appointment at the practice in Loma Linda, California, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
Dentures are oral prosthetics that replace your natural teeth and gum tissue. They’re made of long-lasting materials like acrylic, metal, or nylon, and with proper care, often last decades.
Aside from restoring your smile, dentures improve your oral health. That’s because if you’re missing teeth, you’re more likely to experience gum recession and bone loss.
Dentures are affordable and provide an alternative to dental implants. If you have a history of gum disease or low bone volume, dentures are an excellent restorative option.
At Image Aesthetic Dentistry, the team offers several types of dentures, including:
Partial dentures replace only some of your teeth. They look similar to a retainer in that they feature a wireframe. The frame connects to small metal clasps that your provider bonds to your remaining natural teeth. At night, you remove your partial dentures and soak them in a cleaning solution.
Conventional dentures restore your entire smile. They have pink plastic gums, a metal tongue-shaped base plate, and a full row of artificial teeth. You apply adhesive to the base plate and insert it into your mouth. The adhesive sticks to your gums, preventing the dentures from shifting.
Implant-retained overdentures are like conventional dentures. The only difference is that they connect to dental implants, which are posts that replace your natural tooth roots. Because they attach to dental implants, there’s no need for sticky or messy adhesives.
The process for getting dentures depends on the type you want.
If you elect to get partial or complete dentures, your provider conducts an oral exam and takes a series of digital impressions. Afterward, they send the impressions to a lab that uses them to design and manufacture your new dentures.
When the laboratory finishes your new appliances, you return to Image Aesthetic Dentistry to try them on. Your provider makes adjustments as necessary and provides care instructions.
If you opt to get implant-retained overdentures, the team refers you to a local oral surgeon for implant placement. When your mouth heals, you return to Image Aesthetic Dentistry. The team takes digital impressions of your mouth and sends them to a laboratory that designs and manufactures your overdentures.
When the overdentures are ready, you return to the office. Your provider attaches them to the implants and provides care instructions.
To see if you’re a candidate for dentures, make an appointment at Image Aesthetic Dentistry by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.