Replace missing or lost teeth
Dentures are one of the options available for those patients who have lost their natural teeth. Our goal is to provide dentures that replicate the lost teeth as closely as possible. To achieve this requires Dr. Choi to get exact measurements by taking molds of the gums and surrounding supportive tissue. This will prevent slippage by ensuring as tight a fit as possible and will help create an aesthetic appearance by determining the best position in the mouth. Remember that as a person ages, their gum and mouth tissues can distort, altering the effectiveness of the current dentures. If you have not been measured for dentures recently and this is what you are experiencing, it may be necessary to get a re-fitting. Please call 415-986-1491 or contact us to schedule a consultation.
Partial dentures are an excellent option for patients who have lost just a few teeth in one or several areas of the mouth. Working much like a conventional orthodontic retainer, these dentures use a plastic or metal framework fitted with wires to hold replacement teeth in the desired position. A properly customized fit is essential to keeping these dentures in place because they lock together with your remaining natural teeth, making messing bonding gels unnecessary. Dr. Choi will carefully take an impression of your mouth to get the correct specifications for the dentures. After a few fitting appointments, the dentures will be ready for use and will give provide a tight fitting replacement that can be used normally for biting and chewing.
When patients with sensitive gums experience irritation (or in some cases a full allergic reaction) to the plastic materials used in traditional dentures, vinyl dentures are the best solution for a comfortable prosthetic. Using a soft, high impact vinyl allows for a small amount of flex in the dentures while still maintaining a tight fit in the mouth. This greatly reduces irritation for patients with sensitive gums. Additionally, the vinyl used at Richard Choi, DMD does not contain the monomers (easily bonded molecules) that are present in plastic dentures, so allergy concerns are avoided. As your dentist in San Francisco, CA, Dr. Choi will take a mold of your mouth to get the correct specifications and have your new vinyl partial by your next appointment. For comfortable vinyl partial dentures in the bay area, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
Dentures can be perfect replacements for people who have lost all their natural teeth, but they are not ideal for everyone. Most problems reported by denture wearers concern loose fit, with dentures constantly slipping out of place. For these individuals, Dr. Choi recommends implant-retained dentures as a better solution because they create the strongest possible hold on the denture plate.
Titanium implants are first placed into the upper and lower jaws. Through a process called Osseointegration, the bones slowly grow into the grooves of the implant, making a strong, permanent hold. Attachments are then placed on the exposed end of the implants as well as within the internal surface of the denture. Implant dentures are able to withstand heavy chewing, they function completely normally, and they provide the closest possible feel to natural teeth. Please contact our office for a consultation to see whether implant dentures are the correct procedure for you.