Dentures


Woman with denturesIf you have lost teeth or are facing the loss of your teeth, dentures are a good tooth replacement option. They can help brace teeth to avoid drifting, allow you to eat more easily, and even look good so no one has to know that you’ve lost a tooth. Denture technology is always improving, so if you’re reluctant about dentures because of older ones you’ve seen, you need to check out the look and fit of the newest style. These LVI Extreme Makeover Dentures not only have improved fit and function—they can restore a more youthful appearance to your face.

To find out whether dentures or another tooth replacement option is best for you, please call 559-431-4488 or email Dr. Donna J. Blair in Fresno today for an appointment.

Advantages of Dentures

If you have lost a tooth or teeth, dentures are a much better choice than leaving a gap in your smile. Dentures can:

  • Prevent drifting and damage to other teeth
  • Improve your appearance
  • Improve your self-confidence
  • Make it easier to eat a wider variety of foods

As a result you will have a higher quality of life and better overall health and nutrition. The lower initial cost of dentures may also be a benefit for some people.

Virtually everyone is a candidate for dentures, so even if you are unable to get another tooth replacement option, dentures can help you get replacement teeth for improved health and happiness.

LVI Extreme Makeover Dentures

One of the most recent advancements in denture technology is the use of neuromuscular dentistry principles in the making of dentures. These dentures don’t just sit on your gums, they are designed to work in concert with all the parts of your dynamic jaw system to give:

  • Better fit
  • Better function
  • Better appearance

The appearance improves not just the look of your smile—they improve the look of your face by filling out your facial structure the way that natural, healthy, youthful teeth did.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are used when you are missing one or more teeth, but less than a full arch (either all your upper or lower teeth). Partial dentures have aesthetic teeth attached to a support that fits over your gums, although usually only over the lingual (tongue) side of your gums, so they’re not visible. The supports are sometimes metal, but these days they are usually a more comfortable and aesthetic plastic.

Partial dentures are secured to your neighboring teeth by means of hooks or wires. They are removable and should be removed nightly to be cleaned.

Full Dentures

Full dentures are designed to replace a full arch of teeth. They have attractive replacement teeth in a plastic support that fits over your gums. The upper denture also has a flat plate that goes over the palate, or roof of your mouth. The plate helps secure the denture, which means that upper dentures often fit more securely than lower dentures.

Implant Secured Dentures

In this style of denture, dental implants are used to hold the denture in place. This helps secure the denture so it won’t come loose or click when talking. It can also improve chewing strength and reduce denture pain in the gums. If you are having trouble with a conventional denture, this is a good solution to give you greater comfort and function.

Denture Alternatives

Dentures aren’t the only option for replacing missing teeth. A dental bridge can be used to replace a missing tooth. A bridge has a replacement tooth attached to two dental crowns that are placed on teeth on either side of the gap (or sometimes a tooth and a dental implant). This is a good option if your teeth on either side of the gap are already damaged.

Dental implants mimic the structure of your natural tooth. They are secured in your jawbone, so they allow you to eat all your favorite foods and require no special care beyond the normal routine for your natural teeth.

Are Dentures Right for You?

If you want to learn more about dentures and find out whether they are the right tooth replacement option for you, please contact Dr. Donna J. Blair in Fresno today for an appointment.

559-431-4488
Donna J. Blair, DDS
5777 N. Fresno Street, Suite 108
Fresno at Bullard
Fresno, California 93710