Dentures are oral prostheses made from a combination of tooth-colored ceramic and gum-colored acrylic. Together, they form a complete restorative appliance that is removable when required. Dentures not only enhance the aesthetics of your face and smile as a whole but also help you get back your natural oral functionality.
What Are the Types of Dentures?
Conventional dentures are the most commonly preferred ones, owing to their simple nature and amazing benefits. At Bradley C. Jones, DDS Family Dentistry, the dentist will remove all the existing teeth in your mouth and create digital impressions of its contour using x-rays and scans. Once the wounds heal, the dentures will be provided to you, which you can use as prescribed by the dentist.
Immediate dentures, as the name suggests, are fabricated in a shorter time. During the initial consultation, the dentist will scan the mouth and use it as a reference for fabricating the dentures. Once the dentures are ready, we will extract the teeth, suture up the wounds, and place the dentures on them. The wounds would be allowed to heal under the dentures. This keeps you from having to go around without teeth for a few days, as in the case of conventional dentures.
What are Partial Dentures?
A common misconception about dentures is that they replace all the teeth in the mouth. The advancements in dentistry allow us to make dentures to replace only a selected set of teeth. Such dentures are backed by a metal framework along with ceramic and acrylic, and the prosthetic teeth sit in the gaps right beside the natural ones. Just like conventional dentures, partials can be removed when required.
How are Dentures Fabricated?
Having dentures made usually requires two visits to the dentist’s practice. During the first consultation at Bradley C. Jones, DDS Family Dentistry, we will thoroughly screen your mouth and determine your need and eligibility for dentures. If you are eligible, we then administer local anesthesia to numb your oral tissues, after which the remaining teeth that are decayed or damaged will be extracted. Scans and X-rays will then be taken to serve as a reference for making dentures in a dental laboratory, which usually takes a couple of weeks.
Once the dentures are fabricated, we will place them in your mouth and check if it suitably fits through a bite test. Your feedback would be vital in this case as it helps us make the necessary modifications to the contour of the dentures. Once their shape and form are finalized, we will polish them to enhance their luster and overall appearance.
We invite you to schedule a consultation with our team of dental experts at Bradley C. Jones, DDS Family Dentistry at Napa, CA to get all your oral concerns addressed at the earliest. Please call us at (707) 224-6006 or reach out through online consultation and we’ll be happy to help.