Elk Grove, CA
If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be wondering about possible solutions. At Laguna View Family Dental, we offer a wide variety of tooth replacement options to get your smile back on track. Many of our patients opt for dentures, which are time-tested, cost-effective, and minimally-invasive.
A denture is a removable appliance that consists of prosthetic teeth and an acrylic base. The type of denture you receive depends on the number of missing teeth and your personal preferences. We will be able to determine which dental restoration is right for you during your initial consultation.
We recommend a partial denture if you still have healthy teeth in either jaw. Partials for the upper jaw involve prosthetic teeth that attach to a retainer-like base. Partials for the lower jaw involve a metal wire or bar, instead of a plastic base, to prevent problems with the tongue. Both types usually have metal clasps that attach to the surrounding teeth and keep the denture secure.
Some patients opt for partials that contain precision attachments as they are more esthetically-pleasing than metal clasps. This type of attachment acts like a removable dental crown, a passive retention mechanism somewhere between a conventional partial and a fixed bridge. As with any partial denture, you will need to remove your appliance for cleaning and maintenance.
A complete denture is a removable appliance that, as the name suggests, replaces an entire arch of missing teeth. There are two types of complete dentures: immediate and conventional. Both types consist of prosthetic teeth set in a flesh-colored acrylic base that rests on the gums.
Most people in need of a complete denture still have a few problematic teeth remaining in the jaw. An immediate denture is a prefabricate appliance that we insert immediately following any necessary tooth extractions. This type of denture ensures you do not have to go without teeth during the healing process.
It is important to note that an immediate denture is usually a temporary solution. During the healing process, the gums and underlying bone may shrink or change shape. This can result in a loose or misaligned denture.
We typically place a conventional complete denture a few months after your extractions. Once your mouth has completely healed Dr. Leo Townsend will take an impression of your gums and use it to fabricate your appliance. This allows us to provide you with a comfortable and precise denture.
Advancements in technology and technique have led dentures that are better than ever before. However, some patients still prefer fixed alternatives. For this reason, we also offer traditional bridges and dental implants. Both of these options are non-removable, which provides several benefits.
A fixed bridge consists of two dental crowns linked together by one or more prosthetic teeth. During a minor procedure, the crowns are permanently bonded to the two teeth surrounding the open space.
A dental implant is a small titanium post that acts as the root component of a prosthesis. During a process known as osseointegration, the implant fuses to your underlying bone. Because the implant becomes a part of you, your restoration will look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. These days, implants can be used to support a single crown, a fixed bridge, and even a full-arch restoration.
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