Dentures are removable appliances designed to replace missing teeth and restore a natural looking smile. Patients who have lost multiple teeth in the upper or lower jaw, or both, can have them replaced for functional as well as aesthetic benefits. The procedure is ideal when all or most of the teeth are lost, or the patient is looking for a less invasive and more affordable solution.
Dr. Rob Strain is a leading cosmetic dentist providing dentures and various other restorative treatments for teeth and gums. Dr. Strain will carefully evaluate a patient’s oral health condition and their personal aesthetic goals before recommending dentures. Patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and surrounding locations have an opportunity to receive dentures from Dr. Strain.
Dentures offer both functional and aesthetic benefits. At a functional level, the patient will find it easier to eat and speak better than they could without teeth. High quality dentures can be produced to resemble natural teeth, which can restore or even improve the smile.
When an individual has lost all or most of the teeth, it can cause the facial muscles to sag and make the person appear older. Dentures will help to fill out the appearance of the face and enhance facial profile.
Types of Dentures
Advancements in dentistry have led to improvements in the fabrication of dentures. Different types of dentures are available today to suit the unique needs of patients.
These are full, removable dentures that are customized according to the natural dimensions and position of the teeth. If any teeth are remaining in the upper or lower jaw, the dentist will remove them to create complete space for conventional dentures. These will be fabricated once the tissue healing is completed after extraction. The procedure may take several months, but the results are highly satisfying and sustainable in the long run.
These removable dentures are fitted the same day that the remaining teeth are extracted. This is a temporary arrangement to ensure that the patient does not have to be without teeth during the period of healing. The dentist will take measurements and create models of the jaw. Once the jaw healing is completed, new permanent dentures may have to be created or the existing immediate dentures may be relined in some cases.
Sometimes it may be possible to preserve some of the teeth to sustain the jawbone and provide support and stability to the denture. An over-denture fits over a small number of remaining healthy teeth after they have been prepared. The same function may also be served by dental implants, if needed. Dr. Strain’s dental office receives patients from Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and nearby areas for dentures.
New dentures are likely to feel uncomfortable or awkward for a few days until the patient becomes accustomed to them. The muscles of the tongue and cheek will gradually learn to keep them in place. Minor soreness or irritation may occur initially, and saliva flow may increase. These temporary problems will go away in a few days.
If you would like to learn more about the dental procedures and treatments performed by cosmetic dentists Dr. Rob Strain, DDS and Dr. Laura Wittenauer, DDS please call us at 760.568.9494 or click here. Serving new patients in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, Palm Desert and surrounding areas.