Using dentures to restore the smile after tooth loss or extraction
Dentures, also referred to by patients as “false teeth,” are a prosthetic that is made with natural-looking teeth that replaces one, several, or sometimes all of the teeth in the dental arch. Dr. Tokiko Poppe and her team at Cosmos Dentistry in Bellevue, Washington, work routinely with patients who have experienced tooth loss and extraction to help them decide if prosthetic teeth are right for their unique needs.
What are dentures?
Dental restorations like dentures are a type of prosthetic that can be used to replace one, several, or all of the teeth in the dental arch. They are made with materials to create false but attractive replacement teeth and can be customized to match the patient’s existing teeth. Dentures are typically made from a molded piece of acrylic and can be removable or fixed in place.
What are the benefits of dentures?
Dentures offer many benefits for patients who have experienced tooth loss. They can help restore the teeth’ function, improve the smile’s appearance, and support the facial structure. Dentures also make it easier to eat and speak compared to having missing teeth.
Are there different types of dentures?
Absolutely, and Dr. Poppe offers both. They include partial dentures and complete dentures.
- Partial dentures. Our team describes the partial denture as a removable prosthetic used when one or several teeth in the arch are missing. It has a metal and acrylic framework that clips into place within the arch and slides false teeth where they are needed. Patients can remove the dentures to clean them and care for their smiles as necessary.
- Complete dentures. Also known as “full dentures,” complete dentures are created to replace all teeth in the arch using an acrylic restoration that includes both false teeth and gums. They are held in the mouth with denture solution, natural suction, or in some cases, several dental implants along the arch.
Schedule a visit with Dr. Tokiko Poppe of Cosmos Dentistry
If you reside in Bellevue, WA, and want to speak to our team about the advantages of using prosthetic teeth to restore your smile’s appearance and function, call (425) 448-4770 to request an appointment. We are now open to new patients at our practice, located at 1515 116th Ave NE, Suite #301.