Complete and partial dentures to replace missing teeth
Dr. Tom Alexander and his team in Irvine, California, are committed to helping patients with tooth loss find solutions to replace their teeth. This restores both function and appearance of the smile. He is pleased to offer a variety of dentures, including full dentures, partial dentures, and implant-supported dentures, for patient consideration.
What types of dentures are available at Sterling Plaza Dentistry?
- Partial dentures. With partial dentures, patients can choose from several types of dentures, including metal-supported or non-metal supports. Metal-supported dental appliances are made either with a base metal alloy (which is not as strong and wear-resistant as the commonly used alloys) or gold alloy. The non-metal supported partial denture includes porcelain teeth, zirconium dioxide teeth, and plastic acrylic.
- Removable partial dentures are also referred to by dentists as “partials.” Patients who have a few missing teeth or maybe even only one tooth that is too badly damaged to be restored may wear a partial denture to replace their lost or damaged teeth. Partials complete a set of teeth, but they do not fit entirely over the patient’s gums. Instead, they can attach with metal clasps that snap on the edges of existing healthy teeth to anchor them into position. Some partials can even be attached by wiring around natural teeth without the need for clasps at all.
- Complete dentures. Complete dentures are custom-fitted to replace an entire upper or lower arch of missing teeth in a single piece. Complete dentures are removable appliances that patients can remove when they brush and floss their natural teeth. The full denture may be attached to wire clips that keep it securely anchored in your mouth during function. This will allow you to place and remove the denture quickly for cleaning.
- Implant-supported dentures. Implant-supported dentures are a type of complete denture that is anchored into place by dental implants. These are titanium metal posts surgically placed into the jawbone to act as artificial tooth roots. Once the implants have healed and have bonded with the jawbone, they can support a complete set of upper or lower teeth. Implant-supported dentures are highly desirable as they are a permanent, fixed option that can last a lifetime!
How do I find out if dentures are right for me?
Modern dentures have come a long way from the artificial teeth your grandparents had! If you are interested in finding out more about today’s denture options, call Dr. Tom Alexander of Sterling Plaza Dentistry of Irvine, CA, today at (949) 868-2224.