More than 40 million Americans with missing teeth wear dentures. At Queens Dental Group in West Covina, California, general and cosmetic dentists AJ Suchak, DDS, Om Suchak, DDS, and their team regularly use dentures to restore smiles. Depending on your needs, they might recommend partial or complete dentures. Call the Los Angeles-area practice or book online to request a dentures consultation today.
Dentures are removable prosthetics that replace your permanent teeth and the surrounding tissues. They’re made from tough materials like acrylic, nylon, and metal. As a result, they can withstand the daily wear-and-tear caused by activities like biting, chewing, and speaking.
Consider dentures if you’ve lost one or more permanent teeth. Filling the gaps in your smile is one of the easiest ways to reduce your risk of more serious oral health problems, like gum recession and bone loss.
At Queens Dental Group, the team offers several types of dentures, including:
Partial dentures replace several teeth. A partial denture has a metal framework, one (or several) false teeth, and a plastic or acrylic base. The metal framework attaches to small metal clasps that your provider bonds to your existing permanent teeth.
If you’ve lost all of the teeth on your upper or lower dental arch, the team recommends complete dentures. A complete denture has a metal baseplate, pink gums made of plastic or acrylic, and a full row of false teeth. You apply a denture glue or adhesive on the bottom to hold complete dentures in place.
Consider implant-anchored dentures, if you’ve lost all of your permanent teeth because of trauma or extractions. Implant-anchored dentures attach to dental implants –– titanium posts that your Queens Dental Group provider inserts into your empty tooth sockets. After placement, the implants fuse with your bone, acting like your natural tooth roots.
At Queens Dental Group, getting dentures takes several appointments a few weeks or months apart.
If you’re getting partial or complete dentures, the team takes impressions of your existing teeth and gums and sends them to a denture lab. The lab uses your impressions to create a partial or complete denture that fits perfectly.
A few weeks later, when your denture is ready, you return to Queens Dental Group and try it on. Your provider makes adjustments, ensuring they fit.
Getting implant-anchored dentures takes a little bit longer. That’s because you have to undergo an implant placement procedure first. After your Queens Dental Group provider places your implants, it takes three or four months for them to integrate with your bone.
To see if you can benefit from dentures, call Queens Dental Group, or book an appointment online today.