Conventional Dentures:

Complete dentures are either "conventional" or "immediate". Conventional dentures take a three step process. First, the remaining teeth are removed and given time to heal, second, the dentures are fitted to the gums, and third, the denture is placed in the mouth about eight to twelve weeks after the teeth were removed. Dr. Randy Stucki is providing Alpine, UT and the surrounding areas dentures and other tooth replacement options. The things to look for when having dentures done are experience and the use of high quality labs. Dr. Stucki has done hundreds of dentures in his 25+ years as a dentist and is very good at getting the right fit for his patients.

Immediate Dentures:

Unlike conventional dentures, immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. The patient does not have to be without teeth during the healing process. Bones and gums shrink over time, especially during the healing process following the removal of the teeth. This means that a disadvantage of immediate dentures compared with conventional dentures is that they require more adjustments to fit properly during the healing process and should only be considered a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made. Dr. Randy Stucki will be the first to tell you that immediate dentures are an inferior option. He usually opts for conventional dentures, partial dentures or dental implants for his patients' best interest.

Partial Dentures:

A removable partial denture or bridge usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is sometimes connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. Partial dentures are used when one or more healthy natural teeth remain in the jaw. A fixed bridge replaces one or more teeth by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the space and attaching artificial teeth to them. The bridge is then cemented into place. Not only does a partial denture fill the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from changing position which can cause dis figuration of the jaw and face. A precision partial denture is removable and has internal attachments rather than clasps that attach to the adjacent crowns. This is a more natural-looking appliance and a great option. Alpine Dental is your best option for partial dentures in Alpine, UT.

Are There Alternatives to Dentures?

Yes, dental implants can be used to support cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture. The cost for this procedure is higher, but the implants and bridges more closely resemble the feel of real teeth. Dental implants are the best alternative to dentures but not everyone is a candidate for implants. We offer the people of Alpine, UT dentures, implants and crown and bridges. Call us today if you would like to learn about your options for tooth replacement.