Dentures in Aliso Viejo CA

Comfort never looked so good!

Many people think that dentures have been left behind in the cosmetic dental revolution; not just denture wearers, but unfortunately a lot of dentists feel this way, too. This simply is not true!

You and many others may think that because you wear dentures, you must sacrifice the look of your dentures for the feel of your dentures. Or more simply, because you wear dentures, you are destined to a life of dentures that present artificial and unattractive looking smiles.

Modern dentures bridge the demands for function, strength, and aesthetics without compromising your comfort. South Coast Dentistry in Aliso Viejo offers exceptionally natural, aesthetic, and individualized teeth for the best in cosmetics and function. We work with you to design custom dentures that can help restore your natural, beautiful smile.

One of the most common complaints we hear from denture wearers is about the “false teeth” look. This artificial look causes them to be self-conscious about their dentures and consequently, smile less. This complaint is usually accompanied by shortcomings in the ability to chew and the overall discomfort they experience. Studies have shown dentures that don’t look good usually don’t feel good either. Interesting enough, we generally find the above research results to be accurate. “A denture that looks better often feels better.”

When it comes to dentures, excellence should almost go unnoticed. The better the dentures, the more natural and lifelike they appear. Dentures from South Coast Dentistry in Aliso Viejo appear more natural because they are designed and handcrafted especially to complement your personality, gender, ethnicity, and physical appearance. We will take special measures to make sure that your smile is absolutely incredible.

Once both you and Dr. Maleki have decided which type of denture is right for you, it’s time to make strength and comfort meet style. Every natural, beautiful smile can be used in our quest to design a denture that is truly a work of art! We can even use a previous picture of you to help replicate a smile you once had or even one you’ve always dreamed of having. Not only can you choose the shape, length, and size of your new teeth, but now you can also choose their color. The many advancements in denture technology can provide you with a vast array of color options for your teeth.

The choices don’t just stop here! Modern technology now enables you to not only choose the color of your denture teeth, but to also choose the color of the soft tissue (your gums) so that it matches you exactly. When it comes to making dentures, we make sure that no detail is overlooked.

There are a variety of customized gum shade colors to choose from, including light pink, brown, and even speckles. We can combine different shades for the most natural look possible. Now you have the option to choose and design your new smile! The end result is that natural look that will make you smile!

Types of Dentures

  • Partial Dentures
  • Conventional Full Dentures
  • Immediate Full Dentures
  • Implant-Retained Dentures

When a person has lost some but not all of their teeth, a partial denture may be the desired treatment choice. In this situation, partial dentures can provide a simple and attractive way to replace missing teeth.

Partial dentures are created from an impression of your teeth and gum which ensures a synonymous fit with the rest of your mouth. These appliances are designed to fill in the empty spaces and to ensure an attractive, gap-free smile. Teeth are selected to match your remaining teeth and complement your individual appearance. Special care is taken to match the size, shape, and color to that of your natural teeth. The result is a seamless replacement that can blend in with your natural teeth.

Retained by small clasps that engage the teeth, the partial denture will secure itself in your mouth. In the right situation, your partial denture will be both comfortable to wear and will function in accord with your remaining natural teeth.

Partial dentures will also help to maintain the spacing of your natural teeth. When teeth are lost or removed, the remaining teeth will often shift to eventually fill the gap created by the lost tooth. This change in teeth spacing can affect the way you bite. This can lead to numerous problems, such temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems that could cause headaches, earaches, clicking or popping sounds, or even difficulty moving your jaw. Partial dentures aim to prevent these problems by working to keep your remaining teeth in their natural position.

There are three types of partial dentures offered at South Coast Dentistry:

  • Conventional Partial Dentures – These have metal frameworks and metal clasps that snap over certain remaining teeth to gain support.
  • Combination Partial Dentures – These partial dentures are made to show as little metal as possible. The clasps can be designed in flexible clear, tooth-colored, or pink acrylic in order to minimize their appearance. Also, attachments may be used. These are little devices built into the denture that lock into crowns or implants for stability, but are not visible to other people.
  • Valplast Partial Dentures – These are flexible, all-acrylic partial dentures that have pink, white, or clear acrylic clasps. The clasps almost become invisible because they blend in so well.

Conventional Full Dentures

Conventional full dentures replace missing teeth and their adjacent tissues with a removable dental appliance made of acrylic resin. Conventional full dentures allow a recovery time (usually four to eight weeks) after all of the teeth are extracted before the dentures are placed in the mouth. This allows the gum tissue to heal. During this time, the patient will go without teeth.

Procedure for Conventional Denture Treatment (Order of Appointments)

  1. First evaluation and denture site preparation: If tooth extraction is required, the teeth are extracted and left to heal.
  2. Impressions are taken. Once the gums are healed and healthy, an impression of the mouth is taken for a wax-up.
  3. Wax-up “try-in”.  The wax-up is used to determine the most optimal position of the jaw and teeth. Tooth dimensions (size, shape, length, width) and shade are determined. The wax-up is sent to a laboratory to construct a “try-in” set of dentures.
  4. Trial of “try-in” set of dentures and adjustments.  The “try-in’ dentures are placed in the mouth to assure comfort, fit, bite position, and appearance. The “try-in” dentures are re-worked at the lab and trial-fitted during next visits until the color, shape, and proper fit is obtained for the final set of dentures to be cast.
  5. Insertion of final dentures. The finished dentures are tried in the mouth and records are taken to ensure a perfect bite. Final bite adjustments are performed in-lab.
  6. Delivery of final dentures

Immediate Dentures

Now there’s no need to go without teeth for any period of time after having teeth extracted thanks to immediate dentures! It’s certainly more aesthetically-pleasing and probably healthier to have teeth placed immediately after the extraction of your natural teeth! Immediate dentures are those which are placed immediately after extraction of one or more teeth. Because the gum and bony tissues that surround teeth begin to change by shrinking and re-contouring immediately after the removal of teeth, immediate dentures require considerably more treatment time and care than the replacement denture someone receives after having had their teeth out for several years.

Depending on the number and location of teeth being removed, an immediate “treatment” denture is placed and allowed to act as a “functional bandage” that protects the area, effectively preserving the jaw relationship as well as normal speech and chewing function during the healing period. During this period, a series of plastic liner materials is added to the denture to help take up the space left as shrinkage and healing occur. These liner materials preserve the health of the tissue and keep the denture tight and properly adapted to the jaws. Approximately 90% of shrinkage occurs within 7-12 months after removal of the teeth.

At about six months, treatment dentures are replaced entirely with a new, “final” denture that accurately reflects the shape and new contours of the jaw tissues. This approach allows healing to occur with a treatment denture that is modified as your tissue heals and re-contours. It also allows the opportunity for you to see a “try-in” (a preview) of your final denture and to make any personalized changes.

Implant-Retained Dentures

For more information on implant-retained dentures, please visit our section on implant dentistry.