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When a Tooth Goes Missing

Full and Partial DenturesHarrison Ford took a nasty fall and lost two of his teeth. Thanks to modern dentistry, he went on to become a major Hollywood star. For as long as we humans have been losing teeth, we’ve been filling the gaps. Early dentures were made from ivory, bone, silver, gold, agate, mother-of-pearl, and teeth removed from cadavers. These were held in place with steel springs and silk thread. Only the wealthiest could afford them, and they didn’t hold up well. Worse, they often hurt. People would remove them before eating.

Just over 200 years ago, the age of modern dentures began…with porcelain teeth. The first was held in place by a steel pin. When vulcanized rubber came along, it was used to hold the new durable dentures in place comfortably and inexpensively. Today we have light-weight acrylic resins, and replacements are often created from a combination of metal, porcelain, resin, ceramic, and plastic. Depending on the extent of the loss and the health of the remaining teeth, your replacement options might include…

  • dental implants that use titanium anchors to hold replacement teeth in your gums;
  • dental bridges that connect your new teeth to healthy old ones—great when just a few teeth are missing; or
  • removable dentures, partial or full. Removable partial dentures may involve fitting the artificial gum of the denture with clasps that fit around your remaining teeth for a more natural look and feel.

Missing Teeth?—Customized Dentures

If you’re a denture wearer who’s grown impatient and uncomfortable with their fit and feel (or are considering dental implants) then it’s likely you’ll appreciate our innovative method of denture construction. This new approach to tooth replacement is especially effective with patients who have worn dentures and are now experiencing painful, receding gums. It begins with a special treatment denture, featuring a soft-liner between denture and gums, which gently molds to the shape of your mouth and helps restore gum tissue to health. And it can be changed as needed to further customize fit and function.

You’ll find this service valuable if you’re considering implants. When implants anchor replacement teeth, it’s vitally important that tooth position and the correct bite are determined before implants are placed.

If you seek the very best in personalized denture treatment, please call our office to arrange a consultation.

About Alan Limbird, DDS

Dr. Alan Limbird graduated from the University of California, San Francisco in 1983, in the top 10% of his class. He immediately entered into a residency at Loma Linda University in General Dental Practice. After completing his residency in 1984, he joined a dental practice in Ukiah which he owned and operated for 30 years. At Limbird Dentistry, Dr. Limbird offered his patients the highest quality treatment using state of the art dental technology to create beautiful smiles. Dr. Limbird sold his Ukiah practice in November 2014 and continues to work part-time with the new owners. In April 2017, Dr. Limbird joined Dr. James Hooper’s thriving dental practice in Fort Bragg. Dr. Limbird is excited to be offering dental services to his new patients on the coast. With the new Solea Dental Laser, he can offer an even higher level of care and technology than ever before. Dr. Limbird strives to stay on the cutting edge of dental technology. While working part-time for two years, he filled his free time by attending many dental education courses to fine tune his skills and learn new ones. Recent courses include: Oral Surgery, extractions, bone grafting, implant placement, implant restoration and extensive training with Dental Lasers. These skills will be put to good use in his Fort Bragg office since there are no dental specialists in the area. Dr. Limbird has been using Dental Lasers for over 20 years. Lasers have helped him to provide a higher level of service and excellence to his patients than was previously possible. His most recent technology purchase is the new Solea Carbon Dioxide Dental Laser. With this new laser, Dr. Limbird can prepare and place nearly all of your fillings comfortably and efficiently with NO SHOTS and NO PAIN! No longer do our patients need to fear going to the dentist. Dr. Limbird also has extensive training in Cosmetic Dentistry. He works with only the best dental laboratories and uses the highest quality materials to give you the best smile possible! Dr. Limbird and his wife, Laura, have always loved spending time on the Mendocino Coast. They now live in Mendocino full time and are pleased to be a part of the coastal community.

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