San Marcos Dentures
Dentures are removable prosthetic replacements for missing teeth and the surrounding gums. There are two types of dentures; complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when the patient is missing all of their teeth, while the partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. Conventional dentures, both complete and partial, are removable, but many different denture options are available. Other options include bonding of the dentures to existing natural teeth or on dental implants. While missing teeth can make some of life’s most enjoyable activities (smiling, laughing, talking, and eating) difficult, dentures can restore your mouth to full functionality and aesthetic appearance.
The Differences Between Complete and Partial Dentures
Complete dentures are used when all of a patient’s teeth are missing or have been removed. Partial dentures are an option when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. A removable partial denture or bridge will contain replacement prosthetic teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base. This type of partial denture is held in place in the mouth with a metal framework. Similarly, a fixed bridge can also be a solution to restoring a smile that may be missing teeth. A fixed bridge replaces one or more teeth using crowns. The crowns are placed over the existing teeth that immediately surround the gap where the missing tooth or teeth have been. The bridge contains customized prosthetic teeth and is held in place by the crowns that have been placed over the existing teeth or by dental implants. A partial denture is important not only for aesthetic purposes but also because it fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, preventing the existing teeth from moving. Precision partial dentures are removable and have internal attachments rather than clasps that attach to the adjacent crowns, giving the patient a more natural look. At Allred Dental, dentures are custom made to fit perfectly and comfortably in the wearer’s mouth.
How Are Dentures Made at Allred Dental?
Dr. Allred works closely with his patients to devise a plan of treatment that best suits their needs and budget. Once the best course of treatment has been determined, the custom denture development process begins. A series of impressions of the jaw are taken, to measure how the upper and lower jaw relate to each other. An exact model of the custom denture will be made to ensure its aesthetic appearance and superior fit. Then the final custom denture will be cast and any necessary adjustments will be made. At Allred Dental we have the distinct advantage of an in-house lab, allowing us to provide patients with the best dentures in the shortest amount of time. In the Allred Dental laboratory, our knowledgeable staff use state-of-the-art equipment to custom make dentures for each of our unique patients.