Posts for tag: dentures

Have you been asking yourself about cosmetic dentistry? Well, look no further than Moy Dental! Dr. Stephen Moy and Dr. Sandra Guereca provide cosmetic dentistry in San Leandro, CA. Cosmetic dentistry is focused on improving the overall appearance of your smile with dental implants, veneers, dentures, teeth whitening, Invisalign, and more. 

Dental Implants

Dental Implants are a great way to improve your smile if you are suffering from lost or damaged teeth. This procedure uses a titanium screw that is embedded into the jaw and topped with a dental crown. Implants look and feel like natural teeth, so they are a great way to improve confidence in your smile.


Veneers can be a great option if you are suffering from cracked or crooked teeth or even gaps between teeth. The procedure involves a custom porcelain shell being placed on the front of your natural teeth. Your dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from the front of the teeth beforehand. This gives your veneers the perfect fit. One of the great benefits of veneers is that they are minimally invasive.


Dentures offer a simple replacement for lost teeth. Your dentist takes a mold of your mouth to ensure that the replicas on the dentures are an exact fit. Not only do they help restore your smile, but they also ensure that there is a reduced sagging in the face. They are easy to take care of by using a denture cleaner. Talk to your cosmetic dentistry experts in San Leandro, CA, to learn more.

Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening can transform your smile by lightening them up to 8 shades in a single sitting. Your dentist covers your gums and uses a retractor that holds back lips and cheeks for your protection. Next, they use a hydrogen peroxide gel on the teeth which causes oxidation. This oxidation is what whitens the teeth. The results are seen immediately after an hour-long application.

Cosmetic dentistry makes each patient's smile the best that it can be. Visit us in San Leandro, CA, for your cosmetic dentistry needs. Call us at (510) 351-4030 to set up an appointment with Dr. Moy or Dr. Guereca at Moy Dental today!


The timing around losing a tooth may not always sync with your financial ability. It's not unusual for people to postpone getting a dental implant—by far the best option for replacing a missing tooth—because of its expense.

So, if you have to postpone dental implants until you can afford them, what do you do in the meantime to keep your smile intact? One affordable option is a temporary restoration known as a flexible removable partial denture (RPD).

Composed of a kind of nylon developed in the 1950s, flexible RPDs are made by first heating the nylon and injecting its softened form into a custom mold. This creates a gum-colored denture base to which prosthetic (false) teeth are affixed at the exact locations for missing teeth.

Differing from a permanent RPD made with rigid acrylic plastic, a nylon-based RPD is flexible and lightweight, making them comfortable to wear. They're kept in place with small nylon extensions that fit into the natural concave spaces of teeth. And, with a bit of custom crafting, they can look quite realistic.

RPDs are helpful in another way, especially if you're waiting for an implant down the road: They help preserve the missing tooth space. Without a prosthetic tooth occupying that space, neighboring teeth can drift in. You might then need orthodontic treatment to move errant teeth to where they should be before obtaining a permanent restoration.

Flexible RPDs may not be as durable as acrylic RPDs, and can be difficult to repair or reline if needed to adjust the fit. Though they may not stain as readily as acrylic dentures, you'll still need to clean them regularly to help them keep looking their best. This also aids in protecting the rest of your mouth from dental disease by removing any buildup of harmful bacterial plaque on the RPD.

But even with these limitations, patients choose RPDs for the simple fact that they're affordable and temporary. And the latter is their greatest benefit—providing you a “bridge” between losing a tooth and replacing it with a durable dental implant.

If you would like more information on tooth replacement options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Flexible Partial Dentures.”

By Moy Dental
December 18, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

Although teeth are quite durable, we can still lose them—even all of them—to disease or injury. The good news, though, is that we have effective ways to restore teeth after they're lost. One of these, the removable denture, has given people their teeth back for several generations. And with recent advances in technology, today's dentures are even better.

Although more advanced, today's dentures share the same basic structure as those from a century ago: prosthetic (false) teeth set in a plastic resin colored to resemble the gums. The traditional denture is molded to fit snugly over an individual patient's alveolar jaw ridges, which once supported the former natural teeth. The denture stays in place primarily through a suction effect between the denture and the ridges.

Modern technology, though, has greatly improved today's dentures. Digital imaging can be used to generate highly accurate impressions of the dental ridges that can lead to denture bases with better fit. Dentists using photographs of the patient, especially in earlier years, are better able to identify facial landmarks, which enables them to position the new teeth to more closely recreate the patient's former smile.

These technological aids now help dentists to create more attractive dentures with better support and comfort. But the fit that makes this possible may not last due to a particular weakness inherent in traditional dentures—continuing bone loss. When teeth are missing, the underlying jawbone can lose bone volume over time. Dentures don't stop this process and can accelerate it due to constant friction and pressure on the dental ridges.

But a new modification incorporating dental implants with dentures can help solve these problems. By placing a few strategically positioned implants in the jawbone that then connect with the denture, the appliance not only gains more stability, but also produces less pressure on the dental ridges. In addition, bone cells naturally grow and adhere to the titanium implant posts, which helps to stop or slow bone loss.

If you've experienced total tooth loss, dentures are an affordable and effective option. Thanks to modern dental advances, you can get back the smile and dental function you once lost.

If you would like more information on denture restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Removable Full Dentures.”

By Moy Dental
November 09, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  

While both full and partial dentures are made to last for a long time, they are not a permanent dental restoration. They will occasionally need adjustment, repair, or replacement. Trying to wear dentures that no longer fit or function properly can be uncomfortable and cause you unnecessary difficulties; that's why Dr. Stephen Moy of Moy Dental in San Leandro, California wants his patients to have the proper information about the "shelf life" and replacement of their dentures.

Why do dentures need to be replaced?

The most common reason why dentures stop fitting properly is that the jawbone has decreased in both size and density. This is a gradual process, but one day you may notice that it's become difficult to chew or to keep your dentures secure while you're talking. This is a sure sign you need to contact your San Leandro dentist for an evaluation. Other reasons why dentures need replacement is due to loosening or breakage of the metal clasps, the plastic plate, or the porcelain teeth; this is more likely to happen if you do not store your dentures in a safe place when they are out of your mouth.

When do my dentures need to be replaced?

As with most things health-related, it's difficult to determine when your dentures will need replacement or adjustment. On average, most people can expect to wear their appliances for about five years before a replacement or refitting is necessary. Of course, this will depend on how you care for your dentures and if you have any habits that can contribute to tissue damage or bone deterioration, such as smoking or tobacco use.

Regular dental visits might seem irrelevant if you no longer have any natural teeth. However, it's still necessary to keep scheduling checkups with your San Leandro dentist to make sure your gums, jawbone, and other structure in your mouth are still healthy. It's also important to make sure that your dentures are fitting properly. Dr. Moy can make adjustments or take new impressions to replace dentures if needed. Contact Moy Dental in San Leandro, CA at (510) 351-4030 with any questions or concerns you have about your dentures.

By Moy Dental
April 23, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dentures  

How your dentist in San Leandro, CA, can help with your dentures

Dentures are an excellent tooth replacement option. They can restore your great smile, and your chewing ability. If you are wearing dentures, you may be wondering how to keep them looking great and feeling great. Proper denture care at home helps you get the most out of your dentures. Dr. Stephen J. Moy at Moy Dental in San Leandro, CA, offers a wide range of dental services, including providing you with dentures that can change your life.

To keep your dentures looking great and feeling great, you need to follow a few simple steps at home. Remember to:

  • Handle your dentures carefully at all times; dentures are sturdy, but they can break, so don’t ever try to bend the clasps or the plastic.
  • After you eat, remove your dentures and rinse them off; this helps to remove food particles so your soft tissue doesn’t get irritated.
  • After rinsing off your dentures, clean your mouth with a soft toothbrush or piece of gauze; this helps to remove food particles and debris, and also helps reduce bacteria levels.
  • Thoroughly clean your dentures at least once every day; use a denture cleanser to remove all plaque, food debris, and any denture adhesive from your denture.
  • Never leave your dentures in your mouth overnight because bacteria can build up, causing inflammation and infection in your soft tissue.
  • Soak your denture in denture soaking solution or water while you are sleeping; this helps to keep your denture moist and more comfortable.
  • Rinse your denture before putting the denture in your mouth; you need to make sure all residue of soaking solution is removed before the denture goes in your mouth.

Visit Dr. Moy regularly so he can examine your denture. Regular visits help ensure your denture continues to fit well and is comfortable.

Remember to avoid using harsh, abrasive chemicals or sharp tools to clean your denture, and don’t use any whitening products containing bleach. Avoid using boiling or extremely hot water because it can change your denture’s shape and fit.

The right denture can change your life, and the right at-home care can help you fully enjoy your denture. To find out more about caring for your dentures, call Dr. Stephen J. Moy of Moy Dental in San Leandro, CA, at (510) 351-4030. Call today!