How can we help you?
We welcome all of your questions at Berkeley Prosthodontics and General Dentistry! The more informed you are about oral health care in general, the better equipped you are to make confident decisions about your own treatment.
You aren't meant to be an expert about oral health – that's our job! We're here to guide you and provide you with information so you understand all aspects of your personal oral health. No question is too small, and the only silly question is one that goes unasked.
Here are a few questions we hear frequently, but you probably have others that aren't answered here. Please don't hesitate to call our office or fill out our convenient online contact form.
Full & Partial Dentures
Advances in dental materials, techniques, and technology have given us more methods than ever for creating a smile you will love to show off. These updates, combined with Dr. Amy Au’s experience as a prosthodontist, allow us to deliver just about any type of smile makeover you can imagine.
You may have only minor issues that you would like addressed, like chips or cracks. We can correct these conditions with a tooth-colored composite material that blends perfectly with the rest of your tooth. We use the same material to create fillings that look so natural even you won’t be able to detect them!
Common Tooth Restoration Options
Porcelain crowns and veneers are excellent choices for correcting cosmetic flaws like slight tooth misalignments, uneven spaces between teeth, and severe dental staining. A crown encases the whole tooth while a veneer covers the front surface. Both can be customized to address your condition and leave you with a healthier, more refreshed smile.
Sometimes for the best results and the most conservative method of saving tooth structure, we may recommend working with orthodontists to help move your teeth in better positioning prior to restorative treatment. Dental teeth whitening may also be a step prior to your final restorations to help achieve the results you desire.
We will be happy to sit down and talk to you about your goals for a more attractive smile. Dr. Au will take all your needs into account and develop a personalized plan for treatment so you can enjoy a smile that exceeds your expectations. Please call Berkeley Prosthodontics and we will be happy to arrange a consultation at your convenience.
Many patients who are considering dentures have the same worry. It’s true that the dentures your grandparents wore probably were uncomfortable. Decades ago, when a prosthodontist created new dentures, there wasn’t much flexibility in design or appearance.
But updated materials and techniques have completely changed the way a lot of people think about dentures. Today, we work with master ceramists and skilled technicians to create full or partial dentures for you that restore function and appearance. Modern materials make it possible for us to design dentures for you that are so comfortable you may forget they’re not your natural teeth.
Modern Denture Restoration
Even though dentures today fit better than ever, many patients would prefer a fixed solution that eliminates the worry of shifting dentures. Every patient is different, but generally, we can place four titanium dental implants at different points along your jaw. We design your new dentures with attachments that correspond to the dental implants to create a fit that feels as much like your natural teeth as possible. We can also use dental implants to hold partial dentures securely in place.
Depending on your smile line (i.e. how high your lip goes or how much teeth an gums your smile shows), most partials and complete dentures mimic your natural teeth and oral tissues, and people will be unable to notice that the prosthetics are dentures. Partials and complete dentures also provide masticatory function in edentulous, missing tooth spaces. Denture teeth are custom ordered to match your face shape, jaw size, teeth shade, and gum shade.
Modern Denture Technology
Full or partial dentures have been a great way to replace multiple missing teeth and restore your confidence. Through modern dental technology, dentures are now more secure than ever before. Visit our service page on implant-supported dentures to learn more! Here at Berkeley Prosthodontics and General Dentistry, we want to make sure you get the dental procedure that is right for you. Call our office to speak to one of our wonderful staff and have all of your questions answered.