Dentures – Tustin, CA

Beautiful, Modern Tooth Replacement

Millions of people deal with the discomfort, inconvenience, and embarrassment of missing teeth. That is unfortunate, but the good news is that we offer beautiful, modern tooth replacement — including solutions like realistic-looking dentures for Tustin, CA, dental patients. Dr. Michael Zhang and our team understand how difficult it can be to live with missing teeth and take the first step toward dentures. You can rest assured that we'll answer all your questions and guide you through each step until the big reveal when you look in the mirror and see your beautiful, complete smile again!

Couple with dentures smiling

Why Choose Zhang Dental Group of Tustin for Dentures?

  • Highly Skilled Dentist
  • Natural-Looking Results
  • Reliable, Durable Prosthetics

Who’s a Good Candidate for Dentures?

Couple with dentures smiling on a hike

If you are struggling with the life-altering effects of missing teeth, dentures may be able to help. For example, they can help individuals who find it difficult to eat a balanced, nutritious diet due to missing or badly damaged teeth. They are also great for people who feel self-conscious due to the aesthetic consequences of missing teeth. When you visit us for a consultation, Dr. Zhang will examine your mouth, learn about your circumstances, and give you his expert opinion on whether dentures are the appropriate treatment for your unique situation.

Effects of Missing Teeth

Teeth are incredibly strong. After all – tooth enamel is the strongest substance in the entire body! However, they aren’t completely indestructible. Tooth loss can occur for a variety of reasons. The most common include tooth decay, gum disease, and trauma to the mouth. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, there are numerous negative effects of tooth loss. They include facial sagging, difficulty speaking, difficulty eating, and lower self-confidence. When you replace your missing teeth with dentures, you can improve all of these things, therefore improving your quality of life.

What Qualifies You for Dentures?

Dentures are a great solution for those who have experienced significant tooth loss. People who get dentures must also be committed to their oral hygiene routine and willing to properly care for their new replacement teeth. The number of teeth that you are missing and where they are located in the mouth will determine which type of denture best meets your needs. One of the many benefits of dentures is that they are more affordable than other options, like dental implants. This makes them great for people who aren’t in the position to invest a lot of money into their smile at this time.

Alternative Tooth-Replacement Options

If you aren’t a good candidate for dentures, or they don’t sound like your cup of tea, you may want to consider alternative tooth replacement options to complete your smile. Here are some of the ones that we offer:

  • Dental Bridges: A dental bridge works by “bridging” the gap with a replacement tooth using dental crowns on the two adjacent teeth. This works well for patients who are only missing one or a few teeth consecutively. To get a dental bridge, you need to have healthy teeth surrounding the gap to support the replacement tooth.
  • Dental Implants: A dental implant is a screw-like titanium post that is surgically inserted into the jawbone to support a replacement tooth. This requires that the patient has a strong and sufficient jawbone structure. Dental implants are more costly than dentures and dental bridges, but they are made to last for many decades or even a lifetime!

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Types of Dentures

Four types of dentures on table

Full and partial removable dentures are a time-tested solution for patients in Tustin who want to replace missing teeth. Our dentist, Dr. Zhang, can also use dental implants to securely anchor dentures in place to eliminate shifting, movement, and awkward moments with friends. During your consultation, he can determine which type of prosthetic may work best for you.

Partial Dentures

Illustration of partial dentures for lower arch

We use partial dentures to address missing teeth in your upper or lower jaw. This type of denture is held in place with metal or plastic attachments that clip onto the remaining teeth. Partials are designed to function like your natural teeth, allowing you to chew normally, keep your teeth from shifting, and maintain proper jaw alignment.

Full Dentures

Illustration of full denture for upper arch

If you’re not sold on the idea of dentures because you think they look fake or unnatural, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised! Each set of dentures we design is carefully custom crafted with your input so that the results we achieve are sure to meet your expectations. Typically, full dentures stay in place with the help of natural suction or a dab of adhesive.

Implant Dentures

Illustration of implant denture for lower jaw

All of our removable full dentures fit well and look great, but many of our patients prefer the stability of implant dentures. A top specialist places 4-6 implants in your upper jaw, which then act as prosthetic tooth roots. Then, Dr. Zhang designs your dentures with special attachments that clip onto the implants. Implant dentures are the most stable and secure tooth replacements available in modern dentistry.

How Dentures are Made

A dentist using a model to explain how dentures are made

Before you commit to dentures, perhaps you want to learn how they’re made. Fair enough – knowing what went into your new teeth helps you appreciate them. However, you likely don’t know where to find the needed facts. Luckily, though, we at Zhang Dental Group can help you out. Below is a primer on how dental labs create dentures. By looking it over, you’ll grasp more about our restorations. Otherwise, feel free to call our office for details.

What are Dentures Made Of?

No matter its type, every denture has a base and artificial teeth. These two parts are the core components of the restoration. So, consider their features as described:

  • Denture Base –  As the main structure, a denture's base will support its many artificial teeth. The latter is thus made from acrylic, nylon, resin, or metal. Full dentures often use acrylic, as this plastic can match your gums. Partials, though, use metal clips with an acrylic base.
  • Artificial Teeth – Of course, the artificial teeth are a denture’s pearly whites. These bits are crafted from lifelike resin or porcelain. That said, porcelain is more popular due to its toothlike looks. It’s typically only suggested for full dentures.

The Denture Creation Process

A given denture is custom-made for a patient's distinct mouth. Therefore, making one involves a multi-step process. The relevant steps are:

  • Step 1: Dr. Zhang will take a dental impression. From there, he’ll make a plaster model that matches the final denture’s size and shape.
  • Step 2: Our office will send the plaster model to a lab. Once it arrives, lab workers will use it to create a wax gumline.
  • Step 3: The lab will set artificial teeth in the wax base. Doing so will lead to a prototype denture, which will be used to make the final one.
  • Step 4: The wax denture will go to the dentist for a fitting. After testing, it’ll return to the dental lab to finish the final restorations.
  • Step 5: A worker will boil the denture to remove its wax. Next, they’ll place the prosthetic in a flask. This flask will receive plaster and sit in hot water.
  • Step 6: A separator will go into the plaster layer, preventing the acrylic from sticking. This acrylic will be injected into the flask to replace the wax.
  • Step 7: The plaster will be removed to reveal the denture. Afterward, the restoration will be placed in a bath to remove lingering residue.
  • Step 8: Excess acrylic will be cut from the denture. Said denture will then be polished.
  • Step 9: The patient will have the denture fitted. At that time, the dentist will adjust your denture to work smoothly.

Adjusting to Your New Dentures

True enough, your mouth may ache when you start using dentures. It could even feel sore and struggle to eat or speak. Even so, rest assured that such effects are normal. They’ll quickly fade as you adjust to the dentures. After this adjustment, your new teeth should feel like your other ones.

If you’d like, you could speed up the adjustment process. One approach would be to exercise your facial muscles. In contrast, eating soft foods for a week is another helpful method. You could even apply denture adhesives to keep the restorations in place. By using these tips, you’d further ensure your dentures feel familiar.

Should your discomfort last a while, call us at once. Your denture may need further adjustment.

The Benefits of Dentures

Happy senior couple preparing meal together

Dentures can provide a number of benefits:

  • Improved chewing power. You should be able to enjoy a wide variety of foods and get all the nutrition your body needs to function well.
  • Enhanced confidence. Dentures are customized to each patient. You can expect your prosthetic to complement your natural features beautifully.
  • A more youthful appearance. Because dentures can prevent your cheeks from looking hollow, they could take years off of your appearance.
  • Easy maintenance. Keeping your dentures in good shape does not require a lot of time or effort.