When all of your permanent teeth need to be extracted from either your upper or lower jaw because of decay, periodontal disease or trauma, complete dentures are created in a dental lab to replace your missing teeth. Over time, dentures can loosen because of the loss of gum tissue and jawbone that deteriorate when they no longer have tooth roots to keep them stimulated. This can result in the use of dental products to keep them adhered to your gums. The other option is to have your dentures secured with implants that are placed in your jawbone, and through a process called osseointegration, take the place of a tooth root. In either case, your dentures are easily removable for cleaning.
If several teeth are missing in either your upper or lower jaw, a removable partial denture – that is supported either by adjoining teeth or by an implant – can be used to replace the missing teeth. This gives you the ability to chew more naturally, keep your remaining teeth from moving into the space left by the missing teeth, ensure proper jaw alignment and support the structure of your face. A removable partial denture is held in place either by clasps that hook on to adjoining teeth or by securing to the abutment of a titanium screw that is implanted in your jawbone. Partial dentures are easily removed for brushing and cleaning. If you are considering full or partial dentures in Pasadena, California, please give our team a call today at 626-795-3301 and set up an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Joseph E. Abe, and explore your treatment options.