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Dentures

A denture is a removable prosthetic appliance that replaces several, if not all a patient’s natural teeth and provides support for the lips and cheeks. Though we always make every effort to save teeth, there times when disease or trauma make it impossible. For those patients who have lost all their teeth, or will be losing all their teeth in the near future, dentures provide an opportunity to do a smile make-over.

Dental Fillings & Restorations

Appearing in public without teeth poses social and professional challenges not to mention eating and speech can be greatly affected as well. Nutritional deficiencies can arise as well if certain foods can’t be eaten.

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Dentures are made of a pink colored acrylic with resin or porcelain teeth. The upper full denture will cover and protect the roof of the mouth, while the lower denture is U-shaped to allow free movement of the tongue.

In cases where teeth exist but will need to be extracted, Dr. Frey will make an immediate fitted denture that will be delivered at the same time the teeth are removed. You will never be without teeth. As the gum tissue heals, Dr. Frey may have to add some soft conditioning material to the underside of the denture to re-establish a firm suction. When healing of the gums and tooth sockets is complete, usually in 6 to 9 months, he will reline the dentures with a more durable material.

Before denture treatment, a full teeth cleaning (such as the non-invasive laser dental therapy) may be advised to prevent further complications.

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Generally a full upper denture will be quite stable with good suction to hold it in place. If the gum ridges are highly receded, or there is a shallow palate, suction can prove to be difficult. A full lower denture can be a greater challenge to keep stable, as providing room for the tongue reduces the area available to create suction. In most cases dental implants can be placed in the jaw bone, with an attachment that will fit inside the denture and hold it place.

In cases where several sections of teeth are missing, a partial denture (also known as a removable dental bridge) can be made to fill in the spaces. A partial denture will usually have one or more metal clasps that will engage with some of the existing teeth to keep it stable. A partial denture is generally a more economical way to fill several spaces than multiple implants or bridges. Some patients have a partial denture made as a transitional appliance until they are ready to proceed with bridges or implants.

Lisa G says:

I was appreciative that my recent back surgery was taken into account as far as getting comfortable on the chair. Also my hygentist hand scraped as the water pick made my teeth hurt for quite some time last time. All in all a very nice experience - starting with Angel and ending with Dr. Frey.

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Jann A.
Jann A.
17:33 21 Apr 22
Dr. Frey has been my dentist for years. He replaced eight of my front upper teeth with beautiful crowns! He is a committed professional that will honestly advise you on procedures you need, or more unusual, the procedures you don't or can delay. His staff is knowledgeable and friendly!
Dahye J.
Dahye J.
17:19 22 Sep 21
Megan F.
Megan F.
17:30 08 Nov 18
5 stars! Great Dentist! My son used to have anxiety but today he was calm and relaxed! We are very happy!
Radrodro V.
Radrodro V.
01:09 03 Nov 17
Very friendly staff and thank you Dr Frey for taking time to talk and explain things to me.
Melba M.
Melba M.
21:20 07 Jun 16
I am hoping you make 5 star tooth repair as i do not know where to get any quality dental work here in sonoma calif.If you can e-mail me before 5 pm today it is tuesday my home number is 869-8095 my name is Melba an emergency
Sophie F.
Sophie F.
06:09 18 Jul 13
Hillary R.
Hillary R.
04:00 12 Jul 13
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