Missing teeth are not a condition that most people would want to smile or even eat without. These days the choices for replacing those missing teeth are broader than ever with new technologies and techniques that make the replacement teeth look and function as well as the ones they replaced. Dentures have been around for a long time, and they remain a popular choice for replacing several or even all of the teeth on your jaw for some very good reasons: they work, they’re cost-effective, and they have flexibility because you can remove them for cleaning and to perform oral hygiene. At our Tehachapi dental office, you can get our dentures as complete or partial, depending on your need. And while there will be a period of adjustment, we’ll help you to do so. Before long, you’ll be feeling very comfortable and natural with your new dentures.
Our Tehachapi dental office offers several options for restoring teeth. The first option is the use of a bridge, where one or more artificial teeth are supported by the natural teeth on either side of the bridge. Bridges can be made of gold alloys, porcelain or a combination of these. Bridges also help maintain the shape of the face and can be used to alleviate stress on the bite. Bridges that are bonded onto the supporting teeth are permanently fixed. Those that rest directly over the gum are removable for daily cleaning.
If most or all of the teeth on the upper or lower jaw are gone or need to be extracted our Tehachapi dental office will recommend dentures. Full dentures replace the whole upper or lower line of teeth. Our office will take impressions and have a lab fabricate a set of artificial teeth that are placed into a gum-like substrate, which fits snugly over the gum. Dental adhesive will be used to help keep the dentures snugly in place. Dentures will also be removed daily for cleaning. Dentures can also be attached with implanted anchors that are inserted into the jaw. These anchors will hold the dentures securely without adhesive. Anchored dentures can be placed permanently or be removable. If missing teeth are a problem for your smile please come see us and we’ll help you regain a mouthful of beautiful functional teeth.