Replacing your missing teeth with false teeth
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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, 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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