Most people worry about their appearances when they lose teeth, but a gap-toothed smile isn't the only drawback of tooth loss. Without a full set of teeth, it's difficult to speak clearly or eat a varied diet. Luckily, the dentures offered by Santa Rosa, CA, dentists Dr. Jeffrey Elliott or Dr. Luke Landeros can help restore your smile and ability to chew easily.
What types of dentures are available?
Your denture choices will depend on the number of teeth you've lost, your oral health, your preferences, and your budget. Options include:
- Partial Dentures: These dentures replace a few missing teeth. Removable partial dentures are held in place with tiny hooks that loop over teeth on either side of the gap in your mouth. Partial dentures can be removed for easy cleaning. If you prefer a more permanent option, you may want to consider an implant-supported partial denture. The denture attaches to dental implants that fuse to your jawbone.
- Full Dentures: Full dentures replace the teeth in your upper or lower arch or in both arches. You'll receive these dentures after your mouth has healed fully from your extractions. Full dentures can help improve your self-confidence and restore your ability to chew.
- Immediate Dentures: Immediate dentures are placed in your mouth immediately after your last tooth is extracted. A few weeks before your extraction, your Santa Rosa dentist will make an impression of your mouth which be used to make your new dentures. Immediate dentures reduce bleeding, ensure that you're never toothless during your treatment and make it easier to adjust to your restoration. Immediate dentures must eventually be relined, rebased, or replaced with full dentures.
- Overdentures: Preserving remnants of teeth may not seem crucial, but as long as the roots of the teeth are strong, they're serving an important purpose. Tooth roots help prevent jawbone resorption, a problem that occurs when the bone shrinks after tooth loss. Fabricating dentures to fit over tooth remnants helps you continue to take advantage of your healthy roots.
- Implant-Supported Dentures: Because implant-supported dentures are secured to dental implants firmly attached to your jawbone, they don't slip or slide when you eat and offer better biting power than full or immediate dentures. Your existing dentures can even be modified to work with dental implants.
Restore your smile with dentures! Call Santa Rosa, CA, dentists Dr. Jeffrey Elliott or Dr. Luke Landeros at (707) 921-1970 to schedule an appointment.