Replacing your missing teeth with false teeth

What are dentures?

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    Full dentures replace all of your teeth in one arch

Dentures, or false teeth, are a removable dental prosthesis that fill in gaps created by missing teeth. You can replace your missing teeth by wearing dentures, whether it’s one tooth, multiple teeth, or all of your teeth. Dentures are made from pink and white acrylic to resemble natural teeth and gum structure. Keep in mind, dentures are considered a removable prosthesis, which means you can easily take them in and out of your mouth.

There are many different types of dentures. These include complete dentures, partial dentures, immediate dentures, and overdentures (implant-supported dentures). Each type of denture has its own implication. Your dentist will help you decide which type of denture is most suitable for your needs. Schedule a denture consultation with your local dentist to learn more about dentures and to see if you are a candidate.

What are the benefits of wearing dentures?

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Wearing dentures gives you natural-looking teeth and a fuller face

Wearing dentures is a cost effective way of replacing your missing teeth. There are many happy denture wearers who function well and hardly miss their natural teeth. Here are some benefits of wearing dentures to replace your missing teeth:

Natural looking teeth

Having missing teeth can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Wearing dentures gives you a more attractive smile, improved chewing function, and a reasonable alternative to your missing natural teeth. However, not everyone enjoys wearing dentures, some do very well with them and other not so much.

Bite stability

Having missing teeth causes lots of dental and skeletal issues over the years. Whenever a tooth goes missing your other teeth start shifting into the resulting missing gap. If you don’t replace your missing teeth your remaining teeth become crooked. Over time, this leads to serious bite issues, teeth crowing, and collapsed facial features. Wearing dentures helps support your bite and prevents your remaining teeth from collapsing into the missing gaps.

Affordable and simple tooth replacement solution

Wearing dentures is the most cost-effective way of replacing your missing teeth. Alternative treatments to denture, such as dental implants or bridges, are much more expensive and they require a lot more work. Denture treatment is simple and quick. You can typically have your dentures made within a few weeks or a month. Some offices even have a lab onsite and make your dentures in one day! On the opposite hand, dental implants, crowns and bridges typically take many months, sometimes even years, to complete your treatment!

What are some problems with wearing dentures?

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Long-term denture wearer can damage their remaining teeth, gums, and jawbone

There are many happy denture wearers who love their false teeth. However, there are others who face varying degrees of pain and discomfort with wearing their false teeth. These problems can range from slight annoyance all the way to the absolute inability to wear their dentures. Here are some common problems you could face wearing false teeth:

Pain and discomfort

Wearing removable teeth is not nearly as comfortable as having your own teeth. If your dentures aren’t stable in your mouth they can cause many problems. This includes sub-par chewing ability, speech difficulties, recurring sore lesions, and reduced confidence.

Damage to teeth, gums and jawbone

Long-term denture wear puts lots of stress on your remaining teeth which causes you to lose more teeth. Wearing dentures for long periods gradually causes your jawbone to shrink and your facial muscles to wrinkle. As you continue to lose teeth and jawbone, your dentures will become looser and looser. This is why many denture wearers have to replace their false teeth every few years.

Wear-and-tear

Dentures age quickly and they usually require replacement every few years. Since denture teeth are made from acrylic, they wear flat with repeated use. This causes your false teeth to lose their chewing efficiency which compromises your chewing ability. Additionally, dentures break easily, especially if your accidentally drop them and they can get lost.

On average, most denture wearers need to replace their false teeth every 3 to 5 years. If you feel like it’s time for a new set of teeth, give your dentist a call. It’s not a good idea to put up with loose dentures, sore lesions, and teeth that don’t cut your food. Contact your dentist to inquire more about replacing your denture or to learn more about your tooth replacement options involving dental implants.

What are the different types of dentures?

Depending on how many teeth you are missing, there are different types of dentures. These include complete dentures, partial dentures, immediate dentures, and overdentures. Here’s what you need to know about each type of denture:

Complete dentures or full dentures

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Complete or full dentures replace all of your teeth

Complete dentures, or full dentures, are false teeth that replace all of your teeth. Your dentist makes complete dentures using pink and white acrylic that closely resemble natural teeth and gums. Full dentures cover your entire jaw and they get their stability from suction against your gum tissue. Many full denture wearers use denture adhesives, such as Polygrip or Fixodent, to better keep their false teeth in place. Denture adhesives prevent your false teeth from moving as much when chewing or speaking.

Partial dentures

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Partial dentures anchor onto your remaining teeth to help support and stabilize your false teeth

If you have lost some, but not all, of your teeth then you need to wear partial dentures. Partial dentures, referred to as partials, fill in gaps created in your mouth by missing teeth. These dentures have anchors that attach to your remaining teeth to better support and stabilize your false teeth. Partial dentures are more stable than full dentures and they are always the preferred option whenever possible.

Immediate dentures

Immediate dentures are made before your teeth are removed and they are designed to be worn immediately after removing your teeth

Immediate dentures are designed to replace your missing teeth before you remove your bad teeth. Your dentist makes immediate dentures using casts of your existing teeth. They instruct the lab as to which teeth are scheduled to be removed and the laboratory makes immediate dentures to replace these teeth. As soon as your bad teeth are removed, your dentist delivers your immediate denture. This way, you won’t be walking around toothless during the recovery period. Immediate dentures are typically designed for short-term use only. Once you’ve completely healed, a permanent set of full or partial dentures will be made to replace your immediate denture.

Fixed immediate dentures

If you are receiving full mouth dental implants or all-on-four dental implants, you have the option of wearing fixed immediate dentures. Fixed immediate dentures are inserted into your mouth immediately after extracting your bad teeth. Your new teeth are adjusted and calibrated to make sure that they are biting correctly. Then, your dentist will use your existing dental implants to anchor the immediate dentures in place. This way, your teeth are locked in your mouth the same day you remove your bad teeth! This process is typically referred to as teeth in a day. This is a great option for patients who don’t want to be toothless during the few months their dental implants are healing. With teeth-in-a-day you walk into your dentist office with broken and missing teeth and you walk out with fixed teeth on the same day!

Overdentures

Overdentures, also known as implant-supported dentures or snap-on-dentures, are false teeth that are supported by two or more dental implants. Overdentures are essentially a set of complete dentures that are anchored onto several dental implants for added stability. You require at least 2 dental implants to stabilize your dentures, but not more than 6 dental implants. Contact a dental implant specialist near you to learn more about overdentures to see if you are a candidate.

What are the different types of partial dentures?

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

Partial dentures are false teeth that replace some, but not all, of your teeth. There are various materials used to fabricate partial dentures, each with its own benefits and risks. Most common types of partial dentures are acrylic partials, metal partials, and flexible partials. Here’s a bit more information about each type of partial denture:

Acrylic partial dentures

Acrylic partials are the weakest and least effective of all partial dentures. This is because acrylic partials are made from acrylic, which is too weak to stand your bite forces over the long-run. Additionally, acrylic partials are typically loose, since their metal clasps engage teeth passively. Typically, acrylic dentures are made for temporary use and they are not intended as a long-term tooth replacement solution.

Metal partial dentures

Metal partials are made from acrylic with a metal substrate. These dentures have a solid metal framework which anchors your false teeth in place. Metal partial dentures are the most common type of partial dentures. They are comfortable, stable, and affordable. However, the metal clasps do occasionally interfere with aesthetics, especially when you’re missing a front tooth. Additionally, metal partials break easily if you drop them. They are also very difficult to repair once they break.

Flexible partial teeth

Flexible partials are made from a resilient plastic that is durable, comfortable, and natural-looking. One of the advantages of flexible partials is that they have pink-plastic claps instead of metal ones. This makes flexible partials a better option for replacing your front teeth, since plastic clasps are much less noticeable than metal clasps. Flexible partials are also very resilient and they don’t break as easily as metal partials. Talk to your dentist about the different types of partial denture to see which option is for your needs.

Which partial denture is best for me?

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There are 3 different types of partial dentures to choose from

The most common type of partial dentures are acrylic partials, metal partials, and flexible partials. There are several different factors you need to consider when choosing a partial denture. This includes how many teeth you’re missing, where your missing teeth are, and the condition of your remaining teeth. Ultimately, only you and your dentist can determine which type of partial denture is best suited to your needs.

What can I do if I’m not happy with my dentures?

Some patients love their dentures, some dislike them, and others never wear theirs. What makes the difference? Here are some of the reasons why some patients are unhappy with their dentures:

Dentures need to be fitted

Most dentures need to be adjusted several times after you receive them. Fitting your dentures eliminates sore spots and makes your false teeth more comfortable to wear. You may be experiencing sore lesions in your mouth and your false teeth need to be trimmed down. Your false teeth may be moving because your bite needs to be calibrated. Sometimes dentures become loose over time and a simple denture reline is all that is needed to improve their fit. Wearing dentures that feel uncomfortable is harmful to your mouth and it can affect your digestion. This has serious consequences that goes beyond your oral health. Talk to your dentist if you’re experiencing problems with your dentures to find out how they can help!

Ill-fitting dentures

You may be unhappy with your dentures because they are not fitting well. This could be due to a poor denture design, the result of wear-and-tear, or caused by jawbone shrinkage. A new and improved set of false teeth can fix your problem. Talk to your local dentist to learn more about your options of receiving a new set of dentures and how you can renew your smile.

You’re not a good candidate for wearing dentures

Unfortunately, some patients simply can not function with their dentures. Some people never get accustomed to wearing their false teeth. They find it a constant struggle to have fake teeth in their mouth. Sometimes this happens because your gag reflex prevents you from wearing your dentures. Other times your tongue keeps moving your dentures to where you can’t function with them. For these patients, even the perfect set of dentures won’t help out much. If this applies to you, then you should consider getting dental implants. Thanks to dental implants, almost all denture wearers now have options of replacing their missing teeth with fixed, permanent teeth. Talk to a dental implant specialist near you to learn more about how to replace your missing teeth using dental implants.

Denture treatment in San Clemente, Orange County

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Be sure to bring any old dentures so that your dentist can use them to troubleshoot your new false teeth!

Give us a call if you need new dentures or have concerns about your existing false teetg. You can reach us at (949)481-2540 or schedule your denture consult online today. We are conveniently located in downtown San Clemente, Orange County. Our dentist, Dr. Jazayeri, will review all your treatment options, explain pros and cons of different treatments, and help you decide on what’s best for your smile. We will also review your treatment costs and present you with financing options if interested.

Call us today to schedule your appointment and get started with your new teeth. Be sure to bring any old dentures you have so that we can examine them. Even if your old dentures is old and uncomfortable, they can still help us get a better idea of what works and what doesn’t work for you. Schedule your appointment today to learn more about your different options involving dentures, dental implants, and more.

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Definition of General Dentistry Terminology

Abscess (cyst)

A pus pocket containing harmful bacteria that forms around infected teeth. Teeth with abscess are considered infected and they either need root canal treatment or must be extracted.

Amalgam (silver filling)

Material used to fill dental cavities. Amalgam is silver colored and contains Mercury. As a filling material, Amalgam is durable and effective. However, there are some concerns about the safety of using Mercury to restore teeth.

Bicuspid tooth

Refer to premolar tooth please.

Canine tooth (cuspid or eye tooth)

A strong, pointed tooth with a single cusp used to direct other teeth as we chew side-to-side. Canine teeth are very strong and typically outlast all other teeth as we age. We have 4 total canines, teeth numbers: 6, 11, 22 and 27.

Cavity (decay)

A hole inside a tooth created by harmful cavity bugs. Dental cavities can cause slight tooth sensitivity, particularly to cold and sweets. They can also be asymptomatic. If left untreated, dental cavities infiltrate the tooth pulp and cause abscess and infection.

Composite resin (white filling)

Material used to fill dental cavities and broken teeth. Composite resin is safe, effective and matches your tooth color. Cosmetic dentists prefer using composite resins to other filling restoration material due to their natural appearance.

Crown (cap)

A large restoration that replaces the majority of your tooth structure above the gum line. Crowns are used to fix teeth which can no longer be salvaged with a simple filling. Crowns are typically made from gold, porcelain-fused-to-metal or ceramic material.

Decay

Refer to cavity please.

Deep cleaning (scaling & root planning)

A type of dental cleaning which focuses on removing plaque and tartar underneath your gum line. Deep cleanings are used to treat gum disease. Most deep cleanings are performed in multiple sessions and often times require anesthesia.

Dental cleaning

Teeth cleaning performed by your dentist or hygienist. Dental cleaning focuses on removing plaque and tartar which can’t be removed by brushing or flossing alone. Dental cleanings are categorized as simple cleaning or deep cleaning.

Dentin

The middle portion of your tooth which is located above the pulp and underneath the enamel. Unlike enamel, dentin has nerve endings which makes it sensitive to tooth decay.

Denture

Removable, false teeth used to replace your missing natural teeth. Dentures are made from pink and white acrylic. The pink portion secures your dentures in place and the white segment replaces your missing teeth. There are many different types of dentures including full dentures and partial dentures.

Enamel

The very hard outer portion of your tooth. In fact, enamel is the hardest tissue found in our bodies. Enamel protects your tooth from cavities and provides it with the strength to cut and chew food.

Filling

Material used by dentists to replace missing tooth structure. Fillings are used to fix dental cavities and broken teeth. Fillings are made from gold (mostly obsolete), Amalgam (silver filling) or composite resin (white filling).

Full Denture (Complete denture)

A set of false teeth which replaces all of your teeth in one arch. Full dentures are held in place by the suction they provide against your gum tissue. Full dentures are typically made from pink and white acrylic.

Gingivitis

The earlier stage of gum disease. Gingivitis is characterized by bleeding gums, bad breath and minor tooth sensitivity. If left untreated, gingivitis progresses to the more advanced stage of gum disease known as periodontitis.

Gum Disease (Periodontal disease)

Disease of the gums and jaw bone. Gum disease is caused by spread of harmful bacteria to your gum and jaw bone. Gum disease causes bleeding gums, bone loss and tooth loss. Gum disease is categorized as gingivitis and periodontitis.

Impacted Tooth

A tooth which is trapped underneath your jaw bone. Impacted tooth typically refers to wisdom teeth, although other teeth can also be impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth usually need to be removed. Other impacted teeth need to be removed, monitored or uprighted by your orthodontist.

Incisor tooth

The front most four teeth in your upper and lower jaw. Incisor teeth are used to cut food particles. We have 8 total incisors, teeth numbers: 7, 8, 9, 10, 23, 24, 25 and 26.

Infection

Spread of harmful bacteria into your tooth nerve. Once cavity bugs reach your tooth nerve, the tooth is now infected. Infected teeth can only be fixed with a root canal or you must remove the tooth completely.

Inlay

A type of crown which is a hybrid between fillings and crowns. Inlays are essentially conservative crowns which protect teeth similar to a crown but are conservative similar to a filling. Inlays are smaller than onlays and do not encompass your outer tooth walls.

Molar tooth

Teeth located in the back of our mouth which have four cusps. Molar teeth are large and used to crush food particles. We have 8 total molars, teeth numbers: 2, 3, 14, 15, 18, 19, 30 and 31. Additionally, some of us have 3rd molars or wisdom teeth which are teeth numbers: 1, 16, 17 and 32.

Nerve

Refer to pulp please.

Night guard

A device worn at nights to protect your teeth against grinding. Night guards help reduce tooth fracture, TMJ pain and headaches. There are two types of night guards, generic night guards which you purchase online or from a local pharmacy and custom night guards which your dentist makes for you.

Onlay

A type of crown which is a hybrid between fillings and crowns. Onlays are essentially conservative crowns which protect teeth similar to a crown but are conservative similar to a filling. Onlays are larger than inlays and encompass at least one or more of your outer tooth walls.

Partial Denture

A set of false teeth which replaces some, but not all, of your missing teeth. Partial dentures are held in place by anchoring to your remaining teeth as well as suction against your gum tissue. Partial dentures can be made from different material including metals, acrylic and flexible resin.

Periodontal disease

Refer to gum disease please.

Periodontitis

The more advanced stage of gum disease. Periodontitis is characterized by bone loss, major tooth sensitivity and loose teeth. If left untreated, periodontitis causes your teeth to loosen and fall out. Plus, the resulting infection can spread to the rest of your body and affect your overall health.

Premolar tooth (bicsupid)

Transitional teeth between our front and molar teeth. Premolars have two cusps and are used to crush food particles. They are also the teeth most commonly removed for braces treatment. We have 8 total bisupids, teeth numbers: 4, 5, 12, 13, 20, 21, 28 and 29.

Pulp (nerve)

The innermost tooth layer which lies underneath your dentin. Your tooth pulp contains nerves and blood vessels. When your tooth pulp becomes damaged this results in a toothache. Once this happens, you require a root canal treatment or must remove the tooth.

Pulpotomy

Pulpotomy is the equivalent of a baby root canal. It entails removing the nerve structure from infected baby teeth. Performing a pulpotomy eliminates toothache while allowing your child to keep the tooth itself in order to prevent potential orthodontic complications.

Root canal treatment

A procedure to remove infected tooth nerve to eliminate pain and infection. During root canal treatment your dentist will disinfect your tooth and replace the missing nerve with sterile material known as Gutta Percha. Root canal treatment eliminates pain and infection and allows you to keep the tooth.

Scaling & root planning

Refer to deep cleaning please.

Sealant

A preventive treatment used to protect children’s teeth. Dental sealants are placed on teeth with deep groves, typically molars, to protect them against tooth decay and infection. Sealants are very effective and safe and do not require any tooth structure removal.

Sedation

Techniques used to calm patients with anxiety during dental treatment. There are many different sedation techniques in dentistry such as Nitrous Oxide, oral conscious sedation, IV sedation and general anesthesia.

Silver filling

Refer to Amalgam please.

Simple cleaning

A dental cleaning performed in absence of gum disease. Simple cleanings typically entail basic tooth scraping and polishing, occasionally with Fluoride treatment. Most people require a simple cleaning once every 6 months, although if you’re suffering from gum disease you need one every 3 to 4 months.

Third molar

Refer to wisdom tooth please.

White filling

Refer to composite resin please.

Wisdom tooth (third molar)

Tooth which is located all the way in the back of your mouth. Wisdom teeth start erupting in your late teens or twenties. Not everyone has wisdom teeth. For those that do, there’s a high probability that you have to remove these teeth. Otherwise, they will cause pain, swelling and infection.

Oceansight Dental & Implants

General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry

Office of Ali John Jazayeri

106 S Ola Vista

San Clemente, CA 92672


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