Losing multiple teeth or all of your teeth has serious implications for your
ability to enjoy your favorite foods as well as speak and smile confidently in
public. You need a replacement that you can rely on, and Dr. Glen, along with
the rest of our team at our Long Beach practice, can offer precisely that with
natural-looking, affordable dentures. You’ll once again have a
beautiful, functional smile that lets you feel good about yourself.
Contact our office
today to set up a consultation.
Types of Dentures
There’s more than one kind of denture; the kind you get depends on A)
how many teeth you’ve lost, and B) the state of your oral health. Your
three main options are:
Full Dentures: An entire row of artificial teeth is
attached to an acrylic gum covered base in order to replace an entire arch
at once. Any remaining teeth will need to be removed from the arch in
question before full dentures can be placed. The restoration is held in
place by natural suction between the base and the gum tissue.
Partial Dentures: You can think of a partial denture like
a puzzle piece; it’s specially designed to fit right into your
smile, replacing teeth wherever the gaps happen to be. Metal clasps are
used to secure it in place.
Implant-Retained Dentures: About 4 to 6 dental implants
are placed in the gums so that they can support your dentures, giving them
greater stability and permanence. Your dentures will be permanently
attached to your mouth and can be brushed as if they were real teeth.
Who is a Good Candidate?
You may be a candidate for dentures if:
You have lost multiple teeth along the top or bottom arch, and they cannot
be replaced with a single dental bridge.
- All or most of your upper or lower teeth are gone.
You still have healthy gum tissue and a strong jawbone that can easily
bear the burden of replacement teeth.
Also, if you plan to have your dentures supported by implants, then we need
to confirm that there’s enough healthy bone tissue that can both join
with the post and support it over the long term. Sometimes a bone graft is
required to strengthen weakened areas of the jaw.
Benefits of Dentures
Dentures have been around for centuries, and during that time they’ve
been improved so that they can provide beautiful smiles of the highest
quality possible. Many of the common benefits include:
- A lifelike prosthetic that you can be confident in.
Improved biting and chewing capabilities, especially if the dentures are
supported by an implant.
- The ability to speak clearly again.
Durable restorations that can last for many years with the right
- Improved oral health and a more nutritious diet.