Dentures can improve dental health in Hanford, CA

Losing one or more teeth, and getting them replaced can be an overwhelming process. First, a patient's self-confidence can be affected when there's a gap in his or her smile. The smile is often the first thing that people notice when they look in the mirror and a gap where a tooth used to be can negatively influence the way he or she feels. Next, it can be overwhelming to decide which of many replacement options to choose.

From bridges to dentures to implants, there are many tooth replacement options available. Dentures are a popular choice because they look and feel like natural teeth but are typically less expensive than bridges or implants. There are several options when choosing dentures.

Complete, or full, dentures are used when an entire arch of teeth need to be replaced following disease, trauma, or for medical reasons. This type of denture replaces the full set of teeth and some of the surrounding tissue of either the top or bottom arch, or in some cases, both.

Partial dentures are used when only some teeth need to be replaced. This denture option is made of replacement teeth that are attached to a plastic base that matches the color of the gums. These dentures are held in place using a metal framework. Some patients wonder if it's necessary to replace a single missing tooth. Not only does this type of denture complete the smile, it also gives necessary support to the remaining teeth and protects a patient's oral health.

The denture process usually takes three to six weeks and several appointments. First, the dentist will make impressions and take measurements of the jaw. Next, models or wax forms will be created to test the fit, shape, and color prior to casting the final denture. After the denture is created final adjustments will be made.

Patients with dentures find that their new teeth, which are created individually and uniquely for each patient, look and function much like their natural teeth. Getting used to the dentures may take a week or two, but once the patient's mouth muscles adjust to the appliances, patients can eat, drink, and speak just like before they lost a tooth.

Dr. Nikunj Raiyani of Hanford Family Dental Center in Hanford, CA, is skilled at helping patients with all of their dental care needs. If you are looking for a family dentist who can help determine the right treatment path to replace missing teeth and help you restore the smile you loved, call the Hanford Family Dental Center office today.

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