Michael S. Yung DDS
General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Pasadena, CA
People might associate dentures with what grandma or grandpa kept in a glass beside their bed, but the technology has come a long way since then. Michael S. Yung, DDS, and his staff are well-versed in outfitting their patients with dentures, managing everything from product selection to maintenance. Dentures are an investment that improves the quality of your life, so making the smart choice starts with picking the right dental health specialist. If you live in or around Pasadena, California, and require dentures, contact the office, or use the online booking tool today.
Dentures Q & A
What are dentures?
Dentures are prosthetic devices that replace missing teeth. There are two kinds: partial and complete. As the name suggests, partial dentures involve just a few missing teeth. The partials can be removable appliances or fixed in place.
Complete dentures provide a full mouth of teeth, covering either the maxillary arch (the upper teeth) or the mandibular arch (the lower teeth). Complete dentures come out of the mouth for better cleaning and are available as conventional or immediate.
Conventional dentures go into place about eight to 12 weeks after the removal of the teeth and aren’t made until after your gums have healed.
Immediate dentures can go in right away because they are made before tooth removal. Once the gums have healed, the immediate dentures need to be resized so they fit securely after swelling in your gums has gone down.
Which is better for complete dentures: conventional or immediate?
There are benefits to both, but, ultimately, conventional dentures are usually the wiser choice. As the mouth heals, the bones and gum tissue may shrink, so immediate dentures become problematic. Most dental professionals consider immediate dentures a temporary solution until conventional plates are ready.
What are the advantages of dentures?
You need teeth to speak clearly, chew food properly, and give the face a natural appearance. With even a few teeth missing, people may be left with hollow looking-faces, self-esteem issues, and problems eating anything but soft foods.
- Chewing support
- Facial and dental esthetics
- Improved speech
- Greater self-esteem
Both partial and complete dentures fill in gaps left by missing teeth, giving overall support to the mouth and face.
What is the alternative to dentures?
Dental implants are a popular alternative to dentures, but they are costly and not right for everyone. Your provider works with you to provide the best dental solutions. If dental implants are a possibility, she’ll discuss them with you as well.
How are dentures made?
If you and your provider determine dentures are your best option, they will make impressions of your jaw and takes measurements. They create a model of the denture for you to try, to see how they fit before the final casting.
Once the final denture is created, your provider makes necessary adjustments to ensure each plate fits comfortably in your mouth.
To learn more about dentures, call Michael S. Yung DDS, or request an appointment online today.