Dentures & Partials
Walnut Creek, CA
We can restore missing teeth with the placement of customized partial and full dentures, improving your bite, your function, and your aesthetics. At the Dental Implant Center at Walnut Creek, Dr. Keith and Dr. Gibbs, will evaluate your oral cavity, discuss your needs, and review your options with you before making recommendations in restoring your bite. We can place partial or complete dentures with or without implant retention.
Complete dentures replace all of the missing teeth in the upper and/or lower jaws. With complete dentures, our goal is to provide a pleasing, natural appearance as well as restoring the patient's ability to eat and speak. Full dentures are not known for their comfort, but they can provide considerable relief when the patient no longer has healthy teeth. We will discuss various retention options with the patient, and if placing implant posts is an option, this can significantly increase the patient's overall happiness.
Without your natural teeth, the bone in the jaws reduces greatly, and continues to resorb over a lifetime. This brings changes to a person's appearance as well as to the fit of their dental prosthesis. Long-time denture wearers experience loosening of their dentures as the jaw loses its bone mass.
To slow down or prevent this bone loss, we can try to save some tooth roots or place a few dental implants to fabricate an "overdenture." An overdenture looks like a complete denture but it has some support underneath it that will preserve bone mass and may even increase denture stability!
Removable Partial Dentures
Removable partial dentures replace some, but not all, of the teeth in a dental arch. They are made of a cobalt-chrome metal framework to which artificial teeth are attached. The prostheses vary in design depending on the number of teeth to be replaced, and are customized for the patient. Removable partial dentures can be combined with crowns to create a prosthesis with precision attachments that show no clasps.
Partial dentures are less costly and are less comfortable than a non-removable solution such as bridges or dental implants. However, in certain situations, often medical-related, they may be the only solution to increase function and will provide patients an aesthetic result that increases their happiness. We are happy to review your options with you, and help you get the look and function that work best for you.
Dental implants can be used to stabilize partial dentures until the remaining teeth need to be replaced with additional implants. Dr. Keith and Dr. Gibbs will evaluate your status and discuss this with you.
Contact our East Bay office in Walnut Creek, CA. Our dentists, Dr. Keith and Dr. Gibbs are here to answer your questions about partial and full dentures which can replace multiple missing teeth or even all of your teeth. We can attach your appliance with healthy teeth or implant posts. Contact our front office at (925) 266-3550.