Why Get Dentures?
Missing teeth can negatively affect eating, speaking, and the aesthetics of your smile. They also can also cause your jaw to lose bone mass, your remaining teeth to shift, and your face to suffer alterations in appearance. Perhaps most importantly, missing teeth mar the beauty of your smile and take away your ability to smile and laugh freely.
Dentures restore the look and function of your smile, are custom-crafted just for you, and are easy to maintain. Today’s dentures are natural-looking, more comfortable than ever, and last for decades with proper care. If you are missing one or more teeth, you should look into dentures as a long-term solution, as well as alternatives such as dental bridges and dental implants.
Types of Dentures
There are many types of dentures, each designed to remedy specific dental problems.
If you are missing only a few teeth, partial dentures may be a great choice for you. If you are missing more teeth, complete dentures may be needed. Complete dentures can only be fitted after any remaining teeth are extracted and the gums have healed.
We also offer immediate dentures, upper dentures, and over dentures.
Immediate dentures are placed immediately after any remaining teeth are extracted, and may need to be adjusted later as your gums heal. Only certain patients are candidates for immediate dentures.
Upper dentures replace your upper teeth only.
Over dentures use one or more of your remaining teeth for support. The advantage of this type is greater stability when chewing.
Implant-retained dentures lock onto dental implants placed with the Mini Drive-Lock™ system.
Mini Implant-Supported Dentures
Implant-supported dentures provide an excellent restorative solution for patients missing all of their teeth from either jaw or both jaws. Mini implants are slimmer in diameter than traditional implants and can be placed in a smaller or weaker amount of bone. This means that some patients who are not good candidates for traditional implants can benefit from the procedure. Once they are in place, implant-supported dentures are unparalleled in their stability, and are nearly indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Crafting and Fitting Dentures
Regardless of type, crafting and fitting dentures is a multi-step process. At our office serving Los gatos and surrounding communities, we work to make the process efficient and comfortable, while taking all the steps to ensure a superior fit and a natural-looking result.
In your first appointment, Dr. Mortazavi will take a wax bite impression. This impression provides exacting measurements of your teeth, gums, and mouth.
Next, your dentures will be carefully crafted in a dental lab. During your follow-up appointment, she will work with you to fine-tune the shape, color, and fit of the dentures.
When this process is complete, you should be free to enjoy your dentures for many years to come!