Reasons for Dentures:

  • Replace missing tooth or teeth
  • Restore chewing function
  • Stabilize bite
  • Restore Aesthetic Appearance

The Solution:

Dentures are an appliance used to replace some or even all missing teeth. Removable, a denture is an appliance used to replace teeth and restore one’s smile. There are several types of dentures, one being a “full” dentures and the other a “partial” denture. Depending on oral health status (having lost all of your natural teeth) from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, the replacement of missing teeth will exponentially benefit your appearance as well as your health. Denture technology now is state-of-the-art and now they are one with you mouth! Making it easier to eat, speak, and do things you would have trouble doing without teeth.

Partial Dentures:

Partial dentures are needed when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. When this is the case, a fixed bridge replaces one or more teeth by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the space. Thereby attaching artificial teeth to them. This “bridge” that is created is then cemented into it’s final placement. A partial denture does not only fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, it also inhibits other teeth from moving position. A precision partial denture is removable. It used internal attachments versus clasps that attach to the nearby crowns. This appliance is a very natural-looking.

Complete Dentures:

Complete dentures can be either “conventional” or “immediate.” Made after the teeth have already been removed and gum tissue has started to heal, the conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth about 8 to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed. Not similar to conventional dentures, immediate dentures are made previously and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. This means, the patient does not have to go without teeth during the healing process. However, bones and gums shrink over time, especially during the healing period following tooth removal which poses a disadvantage of immediate dentures. Whereas, conventional dentures require more adjustments to attain the best fitting during the healing process. Generally, immediate dentures should only be considered as a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made.

Dentures Alternatives:

Of course there are alternatives, dental implants can also be used to support the cemented bridges, which int turn, eliminates the need for a denture. However this option, the cost is usually greater, but the implants and bridges act as well as feel like real teeth. Dental implants are becoming the alternative to dentures, but not everyone is a candidate for implants! It’s best to schedule a consultation to receive the best solution for you.

Whether you are going for your routine dental check-ups and cleanings or looking to dramatically improve your smile, Ericson Dental is the place to go! Dr. Ericson, Dr. Baer, and Dr. Dudley are all very knowledgeable, talented and passionate about making sure you are getting the care you deserve! Just stop in to see the office-you will be very impressed!!

Kala G. (Apr '16)

Both Dr Ericson and Dr Baer are personable, kind, and most importantly, great dentists. The office environment is very inviting, and the staff are happy to be there. Dr Ericson is the first to know and learn about new techniques, and I find that very comforting and exciting. He really wants the best for his patients! Highly recommend.

Shannon C. (FEB '16)

Dr Ericson and all of his staff are amazing. He is honest and gentle... Two important qualities for a dentist! And he's personable and easy to talk to. I always see Lisa for hygiene and love her! She is thorough and also very gentle. And she's really sweet. Not to mention the office is pretty posh! Highly recommend this office!

Rachel H. (Apr '16)

Wonderful office and staff. Dr. Ericson and Dr. Baer are both so professional and make your dental visit as comfortable as possible!

Chris P. (Mar '16)

I have been going to Dr Ericson for a few years now. It is always a great experience. They are all very friendly and professional. Dr Ericson is phenomenal and is always eager to talk to you and find out how you are doing and what you have been doing!

Alex H. (Jan '16)

Love the dental office!! The office has a very nice ocean view, the staff is very nice and welcoming every time . Dr Ericson and Dr Bear make you feel very comfortable .They have a new doctor in the practice, Dr Dudley. His very caring, and does an amazing job as well. I won't wouldn't go anywhere else .

Paola M. (Apr '16)

Dr. Baer and the other staff at Ericson Dental are amazing. This is one of the cleanest, most professional offices I've been to. It is very clean, there is no waiting past your appointment time, everyone is friendly, and clearly this whole team knows what they're doing and have worked together for some time. I highly recommend this dental office!

Ryan O. (Jan '16)

Loved it. No better place in Santa Barbara. Highly recommended!

Nicole K. (Jan '16)

Hands down- the best office I've ever been to! Dr. Ericson, Dr. Baer, and Dr. Dudley are extremely knowledgeable and truly care. They have helped me choose the right treatment and I highly recommend them!

Bob W. (Apr '16)

I have had nothing but great experiences at Ericson Dental. The doctors and the staff are caring and knowledgeable. They even got me in on short notice when I chipped my front tooth. Thank you Ericson Dental.

Mike T. (Mar '16)

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