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Dentures

Complete Dentures

If you have lost all of your natural teeth, whether from periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, complete dentures can replace your missing teeth – and your smile. Replacing missing teeth will benefit not only your appearance but also your health. You’ll be able to eat and speak – two things that most people often take for granted until their natural teeth are prematurely lost.

The framework of the complete denture, called the base, generally is made of gum-colored acrylic plastic. The base of the upper denture covers the palate (the roof of the mouth) while that of the lower is shaped like a horseshoe to allow room for the tongue. The gum and bone tissues of the dental ridge support the denture. The base, which conforms closely to the ridge, is held in place with a thin film of saliva. When the base of the upper denture rests over the gums and palate, a seal is created, which holds the denture in place. Cheek muscles and tongue also help hold the lower denture in place.

The good thing about dentures is that they can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth. There may be little change in your appearance and full dentures may even restore the look of your smile.

Partial Dentures

Replacing missing teeth is important if you want to maintain a healthy smile and good chewing function. When teeth are missing, the remaining ones can change position, drifting into the surrounding space.

If you are missing multiple teeth, a removable partial denture may be for you. A removable partial denture helps you chew your food properly, which often is difficult when teeth are missing. By supporting your lips and cheeks, a removable partial denture also can help improve your speech and prevent your face from sagging.

Removable partial dentures usually have replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases connected by a metal framework. They may attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps or in special cases, devices called precision attachments may be incorporated into crowns to attach the removable partial denture. With our without precision attachments, crowns on your natural teeth may improve the way a removable partial denture fits your mouth. Consult your dentist to find out which type is right for you.

(American Dental Association 2009)

New Reopening Guidelines

Dear Alpine Dental Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up- to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

• Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.

• We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

• You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

• Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

• We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

• We ask that you contact the office once you arrive in the parking lot to let us know that you have arrived. We will then call you when we are ready to seat you.

• Upon arrival we will asking some screening questions and taking your temperature. Anyone with a temp over 99.5 degrees farenheit will be rescheduled.

• We require you to be wearing a mask when you come in for your appointment.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep our patients and staff safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 763-536-1118 or email at patientcare@alpinedentaloffice.com.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,
George Rizkalla, DDS Team

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