Dentures are removable dental appliances placed into the mouth to replace natural teeth and support the lips and cheeks. They are the best-known method of restoring lost teeth.
How are Dentures Made?
Dentures are usually made of acrylic and are fabricated in two different ways:
Upper dentures usually have flesh-colored acrylics that cover the palate (the roof of the mouth), whereas lower dentures are shaped like horseshoes but leave room for the tongue. The prosthetic teeth are made of porcelain, plastic or a combination of both. The dentures are held in place through dental adhesive or suction.
Modern technology allows us to craft dentures that look like natural teeth and allow you to chew and speak normally, restoring your quality of life. These custom dentures will build your confidence and eliminate the anxiety you might have regarding lost teeth.
Customization for Individual Patients
We craft each partial denture specifically for each patient to fill as many gaps as is necessary. These partials are attached to adjacent natural teeth by way of clasps. The partial will fill up the remaining teeth to complete the smile, hinder natural teeth from shifting their position and provide chewing and biting functionality. Partial dentures allow patients to improve their appearance and confidence, allowing them all the benefits of a strong and healthy smile.
Ninety percent of dentures made in the United States are made from resin or plastic. Unfortunately, prosthetic teeth made from resin wear out more easily. Porcelain is far more durable and won’t wear out as time goes on. When we prepare the teeth, we design them with a few small imperfections so they’ll appear more natural.
Not only do we take impressions of the gums, but we also record how the muscles in your tongue, lip, and cheeks work. We do this because these are factors that matter when the denture is in use, and we need to ensure that it fits, bites, and chews exactly the way it’s supposed to.
We also measure the movements of the jaw and align the denture accordingly, so it works with the jaw’s natural contour. The bite is tested on a computer program that shows precisely how and where the teeth are touching. This allows us to adjust the denture accordingly to get it balanced out properly.
Maintenance of Dentures
Unfortunately, dentures and partial dentures wear out as time goes on. You will need to replace or readjust them to keep the jaw aligned properly. After teeth are extracted, the jawbone will no longer receive stimulation from tooth roots. The jawbone will thus begin to deteriorate, and the gum ridges will shrink and recede, changing the jaw’s alignment.
We suggest readjusting the dentures once every three years so that they fit properly. You’ll still need regular dental examinations so we can check your mouth for damage, disease or decay and make any necessary changes.
For more information, please contact our office at (425) 688-1345.