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What are dentures?

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    Full dentures replace all of your teeth in one arch

Dentures, also known as false teeth, are removable dental prosthesis which fill in gaps in your mouth created by missing teeth. Dentures can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or even all of your teeth. They are made from pink and white acrylic which closely resemble natural teeth and gums. Since dentures are removable prosthesis, you can take them in and out of your mouth. There are several different type of dentures including partial, complete and overdentures to name a few.

Is denture a good option for me?

Wearing dentures is an affordable way to replace your missing teeth to improve your looks, function and speech. However, since dentures are removable, you may face certain problems with them. Here are some example of problems denture wearers typically face:

  • Dentures are not nearly as comfortable as your original teeth. This means that denture wearers face sub-par chewing ability, speech difficulties, recurrent sore lesions as well as reduced confidence.
  • Long-term denture wear damages your remaining teeth and weakens your jawbone. As your jawbone continues to shrink, your dentures become looser and looser over time.
  • Since denture teeth are made from acrylic, they wear rapidly with repeated use. This causes your false teeth to develop a flat chewing surface which renders them ineffective and compromises your eating.
  • Lastly, dentures break and crack easily over time with repeated use. As a result, you typically need to replace your dentures every 3 to 5 years with a new set.

What are the different types of dentures?

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

  • Complete Dentures: Complete 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 your gum tissue. Your experience with full dentures can vary widely. Some full denture wearers do very well with their false teeth and eat and talk comfortably with them. Others, don’t do as well and constantly struggle with their false teeth.
Immediate dentures are made before your teeth are removed.
  • Immediate Dentures: These are temporary dentures which are made before your teeth are removed. As soon as your teeth are removed, you will receive your immediate dentures. This way you’re not walking around toothless during the recovery period. Essentially, immediate dentures temporarily replace your missing teeth to provide reasonable aesthetic and function while the surgery site continues to heal. Typically, we recommend that you wear your immediate dentures for only a short time. Once healing is complete, your permanent dentures or dental implants will replace immediate dentures.
  • Partial Dentures: If you’ve lost some but not all of your teeth then you have the option of wearing partial dentures. Partials fill in gaps created by missing teeth to improve your looks and chewing ability. They also help hold your remaining teeth in place so they don’t become crooked over time. Partials primarily rely on clasps which anchor them onto your remaining teeth and stabilizes them.
  • Overdentures: Overdentures, or implant supported dentures, are false teeth which are supported by dental implants. Typically, you need 2 to 4 dental implants to stabilize and secure your overdentures. To learn more about implant supported dentures and dental implants 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, metal and flexible partials. Here is a bit more info about each type: 

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

Which partial denture is best for me?

The type of denture that best suits your needs depends on many different factors. Both metal and flexible partial dentures are great removable options for replacing your missing teeth. The better options depends on how many teeth you’re missing, where these missing teeth are and which material feels more comfortable to you. Only you and your dentist can determine which partial denture is more suitable to your needs.

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

If you’re unhappy with your dentures, you either need a new set of dentures or you need dental implants. Thanks to dental implants, almost all denture wearers now have options to replace their missing teeth with permanent dental implants. Additionally, you can use dental implants to improve the fit of your dentures or even completely replace dentures with fixed teeth. Visit your dentist to see if you are due a new set of denture or if you are a better candidate for dental implants.

Complete and partial dentures in San Clemente:

If you’re 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 with us online today. Our dentist, Dr. Jazayeri, will review your treatment options with you to explain pros and cons of different treatments. We will presents costs of dentures and review financing options for those who are interested in financing their dental treatment. Be sure to bring any old dentures you may have so that we can examine them, even if they’re 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. Schedule your appointment today to learn more about your different options involving dentures and dental implants.

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