Your smile is vital to your quality of life, and if you’re missing a significant amount of teeth, dentures give you the opportunity to rediscover a better way of living. If you want to reclaim your smile, schedule a consultation with Olga Belova, DDS, and the dentures experts at Almaden Dental Associates in San Jose, California. You can book your visit by calling the office or making an appointment online.
Dentures are an oral prosthesis that replaces many or all of the teeth in your mouth. They’re composed of artificial teeth (which are typically made from porcelain or acrylic) that are attached to a gum-colored base that fits over your gums.
Dentures have seen amazing technological advances in recent years, and today’s dentures are much more comfortable and natural-looking than they used to be. 90% of people without teeth have dentures, enabling them to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.
Dentures give you your smile back, and in doing so, have a number of advantages, including:
You’re meant to have your smile, and if you’ve lost all or most of your teeth, dentures allow you to get it back.
Almaden Dental Associates offers a few different types of dentures, including:
Traditional full dentures replace all of the teeth in your smile and are held in place over your gums with suction or adhesive.
If you still have healthy teeth left in your smile, partial dentures can replace the missing ones while allowing you to keep your remaining teeth in place. The base of partial dentures is custom-designed to have openings where you still have natural teeth, enabling your natural teeth to stick through so they can work side-by-side with your dentures.
If you need to extract teeth to make room for full dentures, immediate dentures enable you to start wearing your prosthetic on the same day that you get your extractions. This is a huge benefit for patients who don’t want to be toothless while they wait for their smile to heal.
Your dentist takes an impression of your mouth before your remaining teeth are removed and creates a set of dentures based on an estimation of how your mouth will be after your extractions. Because your gums will inevitably change in shape after your extractions, immediate dentures typically require more relining than traditional dentures.
For added comfort and stability, you can use dental implants to hold your dentures in place. Implant-supported dentures also have the added oral health benefits of providing your jawbone with healthy stimulation. This helps to prevent the bone loss that typically results from having missing teeth.
To learn more about how Almaden Dental Associates can help you rediscover your smile with high-quality dentures, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.