Dentures are removable replacements for one or more missing teeth. At the premier practice of Alki Dental in Seattle, Washington, Hanbit Chi, DDS, and Sara Park, DDS, provide customized dentures to fill in your smile and restore confidence and function. Call the West Seattle office today or use the online tool to set up your denture appointment.
Dentures are false teeth that replace some or all of your permanent teeth. They consist of prosthetic teeth attached to a plate, which fits snugly over your gums.
Dentures improve your appearance, speech, and chewing. They also support your facial structure by keeping the muscles of your mouth active. Without a tooth replacement, the skin around your mouth begins to sag and wrinkle.
The team at Alki Dental provides several types of dentures, including:
Complete dentures replace an entire arc of teeth on the upper or lower jaw. The prosthetic teeth are attached to a gum plate that suctions your gums. Immediate dentures are a form of complete dentures placed right after your teeth are removed and are considered temporary.
Partial dentures replace one or more missing teeth. They’re customized to your smile and feature a plastic-colored gum plate with strategically placed prosthetic teeth. Partial dentures blend in with your natural teeth, making your smile seamless.
Dental implants are metal posts set directly into your jawbone. With implant-supported dentures, a row of dentures attaches snugly to several of these metal posts placed into your jawbone. The dentures are still removable but don’t need messy dental adhesives for a good fit.
The process of getting dentures depends on the type of dentures you receive. With traditional partial or complete dentures, your dentist takes impressions of your gums and mouth to send to a lab where they fabricate your permanent dentures. The lab matches your gum and face coloration, so your new teeth look natural.
Your dentist places your temporary, immediate dentures as you wait for your permanent set to come in. Once your permanent dentures are ready, the team at Alki Dental replaces the immediate dentures and provides you with information on how to wear, clean, and care for them.
Implant-supported dentures require more time for placement. You first receive dental implants during an in-office surgical procedure. After the posts are set, you wait several weeks or months for them to fuse to your jawbone. Your dentist places temporary restorations in the meantime.
Once the implants are ready, you receive milled, permanent implant-supported dentures that affix directly to the metal posts.
Call Alki Dental or use the online tool to schedule your appointment to learn more about how dentures can fill in your smile.