At West Portal Family Dentistry, patients have solutions to consider when they are faced with problems within the smile. This includes tooth loss. The loss of teeth, either through trauma, extraction, or conditions such as periodontal disease or tooth decay, can leave more than just a space in the smile. It can:
Our dentists can help patientsconsider the options available to them, including the fabrication and placement of partial dentures.
The dentists at West Portal Family Dentistry describe partial dentures as special appliances that can be used to replace missing teeth. Partial dentures are fabricated with metal framework and acrylic. They snap into the dental arch, using the existing teeth for support, and provide a false tooth where the natural tooth once was. This helps in keeping the alignment of the teeth surrounding this area. The tooth fabricated to attach to the framework is created to match the existing teeth within the smile, including the proper shape, size, and color, so when the denture is worn, it is difficult to tell which tooth is the false one. Partial dentures are often covered in part or in full by dental insurance, so we recommend patients bring their dental insurance card to their first appointment, so our front office team can get individuals an appropriate quote.
There are other solutions available to patients who are considering tooth replacement for a single tooth. A dental implant is the top-of-the-line option, offering permanent replacement of a tooth with a titanium post that is placed into the jawbone. However, implants can be rather expensive for some patients, and may not always be affordable for their budget. Another option is a dental bridge. A dental bridge uses the adjacent teeth to hold the restoration in place and allow for one or more false teeth to be fused together to create the appearance of a perfect dental arch. This also improves chewing and speaking efficiency. Bridges are bonded in place and do not have to be removed as a partial denture would. They are easy to care for and long lasting.
Many patients choose partial dentures because they are affordable. Partial dentures are also easy to remove and replace, so they can be taken out and properly cleaned every day. The pitfall of partial dentures is that they do not help the patient maintain their bone density after the tooth has been extracted or lost.
Almost everyone who is missing one or more teeth within a dental arch qualifies for the fabrication and placement of a partial denture. It is best for patients to book a consultation appointment with Drs. Terri M. Nguyen and Laura T. Huynh to discuss the options available to them and decide if partial dentures are best for their specific needs. They can learn about the alternatives that can be used and make an educated decision for their smile.
Drs. Terri M. Nguyen and Laura T. Huynh provide San Francisco, CA area patients with solutions for their smile if tooth loss is a concern. They are here to educate patients on their options and help them from start to finish throughout the process. Call the office at (415) 604-9292 and connect with our team to learn more about caring for and enhancing your smile! The practice is conveniently located at 26 West Portal Avenue in Suite #4.
A graduate from UC San Francisco with a Doctor of Dental Science degree, Dr. Terri Nguyen has over 20 years of expertise in the field of dental practice. She is known for her caring and passionate nature towards her patients whilst having a wealth of knowledge and technical skill.
Dr. Nguyen continues to update herself with newer and tested treatment methods and technology to ensure that she is capable of delivering the best possible service to her clients. Her areas of specialty include root canal therapy, implant dentistry and cosmetic treatment. She is also a prestigious member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
Dr. Laura Huynh dedicates herself to providing the highest level of dental care to patients of all ages. While she has over 15 years of experience in all areas of general practice, she especially enjoys pediatric dentistry and cosmetic dentistry for adults.
A UC Irvine graduate, Dr. Huynh obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Arthur Dugoni Dental School at University of Pacific. She stays on top of the latest trends and technologies in dentistry by following continuing education courses annually. She is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and San Francisco Dental Society.