Complete & Partial Dentures

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What are dentures?

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    Full dentures replace all of your teeth in one arch

Dentures, or false teeth, are removable dental prosthesis which fill in gaps in your mouth created by missing teeth. Dentures are made from pink and white acrylic which closely resemble natural teeth and gums. Keep in mind, dentures are removable prosthesis, which means that you can take them in and out of your mouth. There are different type of dentures, including partial and complete dentures.

Are dentures a good option for me?

Dentures are an affordable way to replace your missing teeth for improved looks, function and speech. However, since dentures are removable, you may face problems such as:

  • Dentures are never as comfortable as your original teeth. Many denture wearers face problems such as sub-par chewing ability, speech difficulties, sore lesions and reduced confidence.
  • Long-term denture wear damages your remaining teeth and weakens jawbone. As your jawbone continues to shrink, your dentures become looser.
  • Since denture teeth are made from acrylic, they wear out with repeated use. This causes them to have a flattened chewing surface and renders denture teeth ineffective.
  • Lastly, dentures tend to break and crack over time with repeated use. As a result, you typically need to replace your dentures every 3 to 5 years on average.

What are the different types of dentures?

There are several different types of dentures including complete dentures, immediate dentures, partial dentures and overdentures. Here is a bit more about each type of denture:

  • Complete Dentures: Complete dentures, or full dentures, are a false teeth which replace every single tooth in your upper and/or lower jaw. These dentures sit on top of your gums and get their stability from suction against gum tissue. Some full denture wearers do very well with their dentures, while others constantly struggle with them. Complete dentures can be loose, mobile, cause sore lesions and lead to speech difficulties.
  • Immediate Dentures: These dentures are made before your teeth are removed so that you’re not walking around toothless. Essentially, immediate dentures fill in gaps in your mouth to provide reasonable aesthetic and function while the surgery site continues to heal. Typically, we recommend that you wear immediate dentures are for only a short period of time. Once your healing is complete, your permanent dentures or dental implants replace these immediate dentures.
  • Partial Dentures: If you’ve lost some but not all of your teeth, then you have the option of wearing partial dentures. Partial dentures fill in gaps created by missing teeth to improve your looks and chewing ability. These type of dentures primarily rely on clasps which anchor onto remaining teeth to hold them in place.
  • Overdentures: These are dentures which are supported by dental implants. To learn more about overdentures, click here.

What are the different types of partial dentures?

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    Acrylic partial dentures break easily and are typically for temporary use.

There are three basic types of partial dentures including acrylic partials, metal partials and flexible partials. Here is a bit more info about each type of partial: 

  • Acrylic Partial Dentures: These dentures are the weakest and loosest of all partial dentures. Acrylic partials tend to break easily over time because acrylic is too weak to stand bite forces. Also, acrylic partials tend to be quite loose since their clasps are passive. Typically, these dentures are made for temporary use and not recommended as a permanent solution.
  • Metal Partial Dentures: These partial dentures have a metal framework which makes them stable and sturdy. Metal partial dentures are a great option for most patients as they are comfortable and stable. However, metal partial dentures
    can interfere with aesthetics, especially if you’re missing your front teeth. Plus, they break easily if dropped and are very difficult to repair.
  • Flexible Partial Dentures: We make flexible partial dentures from a resilient plastic with pink claps. Flexible partials are comfortable and natural looking. Plus, because of their flexibility, they are very resilient and don’t break as easily if you accidentally drop them.

Which partial denture is best for me?

Both metal and flexible partial dentures are great removable options for replacing your teeth. In fact, there is even a hybrid option which uses metal framework and flexible plastic to give your the best of both worlds. It really depends on how many teeth your missing, where these missing teeth are and what feels more comfortable to you.

If you’re considering wearing partial dentures as a permanent solution, give us a call today. Our dentist, Dr. Jazayeri, will review different treatment options to determine what is the best denture for you. Be sure to bring any old dentures you may have so that we can examine them, even if they are uncomfortable and you’re not currently using them. This helps us get a better idea of what works and what doesn’t work for your case.

What can I do if I’m not happy withmy dentures?

If you’re unhappy with your dentures, you most likely need a new denture or dental implants. Thanks to dental implants, almost all denture wearers now have options involving dental implants. You can use dental implants to improve the fit of your dentures or completely replace your dentures with fixed, permanent teeth. You may be a good candidate for fixed permanent teeth or implant-hybrid dentures which lock onto dental implants.

If you’re an unhappy with your dentures, consider getting a new set or exploring your options involving dental implants. Call us
at (949) 481-2540 or book your complimentary consultation online today. Our dentist, Dr. Jazayeri, will review your treatment options with you. This way you will understand what is the best course of treatment for your mouth. Schedule your appointment with us today to learn more about different types of dentures and dental implant treatments which are available to you.

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