If you’re missing one or several teeth, partial dentures can restore your smile and prevent oral health problems like gum recession or bone loss. At Sargon Dental, serving Encino, California, the West Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, and Pleasant Grove, Utah, Sargon Lazarof, DDS, and Dan Dansie, DDS, specialize in the design and manufacture of partial dentures. To schedule an appointment at the office, call to speak with a member of the administrative staff or click the online booking tool.
Partial dentures are custom prosthetics that replace one or multiple gaps in your smile. They look similar to oral retainers and snap into place around your existing, healthy teeth. Partial dentures are easy to maintain. If food gets trapped under them, you can take them out and rinse or brush them.
At Sargon Dental, Dr. Dansie offers several types of partial dentures, including:
Cast metal partial dentures feature a wireframe made from a cobalt-chromium alloy. The wireframe attaches to small metal clasps that Dr. Dansie bonds to your remaining teeth. Because they’re made of metal, these partial dentures are sturdy and less susceptible to damage.
If you have gum disease, Dr. Dansie might recommend acrylic flippers. Acrylic flippers are partial dentures that have a pink, acrylic base. They rest on top of your gums and serve as a temporary tooth replacement option. Following periodontal treatment, you can transition to a cast metal or flexible partial denture.
Flexible partial dentures are made from a soft, malleable material called Valplast®. Valplast is a type of nylon that molds to the unique curves of your gum tissue, ensuring a perfect, comfortable fit.
The type of partial dentures that will most benefit you depends on your age, dental health history, and budget. Following a comprehensive oral exam, a series of CT scans, and a discussion of your goals for treatment, Dr. Dansie can make recommendations that align with your needs.
Getting partial dentures takes two appointments spaced about a week apart.
At your first appointment, Dr. Dansie uses an intraoral scanner to take digital impressions of your mouth. Then, he sends your impressions to the on-site dental laboratory.
About a week later, you return to Sargon Dental. Dr. Dansie has you try on the partial dentures and makes adjustments as necessary. The process is quick and hassle-free.
To keep your partial dentures in optimal condition, it’s important to clean them regularly. Dr. Dansie recommends rinsing your dentures in tap water after each meal or snack and soaking them in an approved denture cleaning solution overnight. In addition, make sure to visit Sargon Dental at least twice a year for an oral exam and checkup.
If you’re interested in learning more about partial dentures, make an appointment at Sargon Dental. Call the nearest office or click the online booking tool.