Dentures can provide patients with a simple solution for replacing missing teeth.
There are so many ways to replace missing teeth that you may be a bit indecisive when it comes to choosing the right treatment for you. Fortunately, our Long Beach, CA, dentist, Dr. Joseph DuRoss, understands the importance of choosing the ideal solution based on your lifestyle, health, and budget. If you are considering undergoing tooth-replacement treatment, here are the different types of dentures that can restore your smile:
Full dentures are used in cases when you need to replace all of your teeth. Sitting on top of the gums where they naturally suction to the tissue, these dentures can be placed on the upper jaw, the lower jaw, or both. In order to place full dentures our Long Beach, CA, dentist will need to take impressions of your mouth to get the exact measurements. These measurements will ensure that the dental lab creates dentures that fit just perfectly. This creation process can take anywhere from 8-12 weeks.
Partial dentures are used when a patient has some missing teeth but still has some healthy teeth remaining, as well. This oral prosthetic attaches to the healthy neighboring teeth to hold the false teeth in place. The false teeth are on a pink plastic base designed to look like gum tissue. Since partial dentures require healthy teeth to hold them in place, this type of dentures is removable. By wearing these dentures every day, you can prevent the rest of your teeth from shifting into the open gap in your smile.
We know that no one wants to be without teeth; however, if a tooth needs to be extracted, we will need to wait until the gums have fully healed before placing your custom dentures; however, immediate dentures can be placed the same day as your extraction so that you don’t have to be without teeth. It's important to note that immediate dentures are not a permanent solution, just a way for patients to have teeth while their mouth heals.
Dental implants can also be placed along the arches of the jawbone to hold dentures in place. Some patients find that their full dentures shift and move around when eating or speaking. To prevent this from happening and to make your dentures function and feel more like real teeth, our Long Beach, CA, restorative dentist can place implants into the jawbone to support your dentures.
Tooth loss can be overwhelming—let your dentist, Dr. Joseph DuRoss, make it easier. Here at our Long Beach office, we offer a wide range of tooth replacement options and we will be happy to talk to you about your options when you dial (562) 424-8537.