San Francisco, CA dentist describes the procedure for denture preparation
Patients in San Francisco, CA who are faced with tooth loss have a variety of options to consider when it comes to replacement. At West Portal Family Dentistry, Drs. Terri Nguyen and Laura Huynh may find dentures are best for certain patients. For patients seeking full or “complete” dentures, procedures may be required beforehand.
Preparations for dentures
Full dentures are a wonderful way for patients to replace an entire arch of teeth. There are several factors that need to be considered before placing dentures. Patients consult with their dentists to discuss if they are right for dentures. Preparations may include:
- X-rays to check the health of the bone
- Discussion of dental implant placement for stability
- Removal of existing teeth to clear the dental arch
- Impressions of the dental arch to create the dentures
Alternatives to dentures
When all the teeth within the dental arch need to be replaced, full dentures are often the only way to go. Placing dental implants along the arch can help hold complete dentures in place, making them a more viable option for patients concerned about stability. However, if patients are only missing a few teeth from the arch, other solutions may be considered. Dental implants are great for one or more teeth. An implant can be restored with a dental crown for a single tooth, or can be placed to anchor a dental bridge. Bridges are used to replace one or more teeth in a row by combining dental crowns and false teeth called “pontics” to create a single restoration. Implants and bridges are also available at West Portal Family Dentistry and may be right for some patients at our practice.
Learn more today!
Call (415) 661-7779 or personally visit the practice at 26 West Portal Avenue, Suite #4 to schedule a consultation appointment.
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