Santa Cruz Dentist – Heit Family Dentistry offers dentures, including denture creation, denture maintenance, denture repair and denture care. Dentures are one solution to consider when you are missing teeth. They make eating and speaking more natural, while boosting self confidence. Dentures can be removable, or for those that prefer an alternative to removable dentures, we also offer the option to have dentures attached permanently to dental implants.
Dentures resemble natural teeth. Although they take some time to get used to wearing, modern advances in dentistry have resulted in dentures being more comfortable to wear than in years past while also offering a more natural appearance. There are two basic types of dentures – full dentures and partial dentures. Which one you choose will depend primarily on how many teeth need to be replaced.
- Full dentures – A full denture is used to replace all teeth on the upper or lower jaw. The denture includes an acrylic base that looks like natural gums, which then sits over the gums after any existing teeth have been removed.
- Partial dentures – A partial denture is a solution when only a few teeth need to be replaced. The partial denture either attaches to crowns on either side of the denture or to a metal framework that is attached to the teeth on both sides of the partial denture. Partial dentures can be removable or they can be anchored in place by attaching them to dental implants.
For long term use of dentures, it is important to follow proper denture care procedures. Dentures will also require periodic maintenance and may need to be relined, rebased (creating a new base for the teeth to sit on) or completely remade. Denture maintenance may be necessary due to changes that occur naturally in the mouth, or do to normal wear and tear of the dentures. It is important to follow proper denture care and maintenance to ensure that dentures remain comfortable to wear and continue to look their best.
If you are interested in learning more about dentures in Heit Family dental office, contact us today at831-423-3364.