Dentures: Replacing your natural teeth with false, removable teeth


Oceansight Dental & Implants

Office of Dr. Ali John Jazayeri

106 S Ola Vista

San Clemente, CA 92672

Tel: (949) 481 – 2540

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What are dentures?

  • denture-full
    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. They are used to replace your missing teeth, whether it’s one tooth, multiple teeth or even all of your teeth that are missing. Typically, dentures are made from pink and white acrylic to resemble your natural teeth and gum structure. 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, such as complete dentures, partial dentures, immediate dentures and overdentures (implant-supported dentures). Each type of denture has its own implication and your dentist can decide which is best suitable for your needs. Dr. Jazayeri has extensive experience with dentures as well as tooth extraction and dental implants. To schedule a denture consultation, give us a call at (949) 481-2540 today. We look forward to seeing you in our San Clemente dental office and helping you out with your dental needs.

What are the benefits of wearing dentures?

Wearing dentures gives you natural looking teeth, an improved smile and a fuller facial appearance.

Wearing dentures is a cost effective way to replace 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:

A better look

Having missing teeth can be quite uncomfortable and embarrassing. Wearing dentures replaces your missing teeth to offer you decent looks, improved chewing function and a reasonable alternative to your natural teeth. Plus, wearing dentures gives you an improved smile and a fuller facial appearance. Not everyone enjoys wearing dentures but some do very well with them and hardly ever miss their natural teeth!

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 space. If you don’t replace your missing teeth this causes your remaining teeth to become crooked. Over time this leads to some serious bite issues. 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 to replace your missing teeth. Alternative treatments to denture, such as dental implants or bridges, are much more expensive and require a lot more work. Denture treatment is easy and quick and you can typically have your denture made within a month or so. On the other hand, most dental implant treatments take months to complete, sometimes even years!

What are some problems I could face when wearing dentures?

Long-term denture wear can damage your remaining teeth, gums and jaw bone.

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

Pain and discomfort

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

Damage to teeth, gums and jaw bone

Long-term denture wear damages your remaining teeth due to stress from the dentures. Additionally, wearing dentures for a long time gradually weakens your jaw bone structure and allows for the collapse of facial muscles. As you continue to lose teeth and jaw bone, your dentures will become looser and looser. This is the main reason why denture wearers opt to replace their false teeth every few years or elect to receive dental implants instead.


Dentures age quickly and most dentures 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 and compromises your chewing and eating ability. Additionally, dentures break easily, especially if your accidentally drop them.

Most denture wearers need to replace their false teeth every 3 to 5 years no average. If you feel like it’s time for new teeth, give Oceansight Dental & Implants a call. You can schedule your appointment with us by calling (949) 481-2540. We are conveniently located in San Clemente in south Orange County, CA. We offer all sorts of dentures, denture repairs and denture-related services such as tooth extractions and dental implants. Call us today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Jazayeri and learn more about your treatment options.

What are the different types of dentures?

There are different types of dentures depending on how many teeth you are missing or will be missing soon. Examples of different dentures include complete dentures, partial dentures, immediate dentures as well as overdentures. Here is more information about each type of denture listed above:

Complete or full dentures

Full dentures cover your jaws and get their stability from suction against your gum tissue

Complete dentures, or full dentures, are false teeth which replace every single tooth in your upper and/or lower jaw. Your dentist will make complete dentures from pink and white acrylic which replaces your missing teeth as well as the supporting gum structure. Full dentures cover your jaws and get their stability from suction against your gum tissue. Many full denture wearers also use denture adhesives, such as Polygrip or Fixodent, to better keep their false teeth in place and prevent them from moving when chewing or speaking.

Partial dentures

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, often abberviated as just partials, fill in gaps created by your missing teeth. They have anchors which attach to your remaining teeth to better support and stabilize your false teeth. Partial dentures are more stable than full dentures and are always the preferred option whenever possible.

Immediate dentures

Immediate dentures are made before your teeth are removed and are worn immediately after tooth extraction surgery

Immediate dentures are designed to replace all of your missing teeth before you remove your bad teeth. Your dentist will make your immediate dentures in advance using casts of your existing teeth. Once your bad teeth are removed, the immediate denture is inserted right away. This way, you won’t be walking around toothless during your recovery period. Typically, we recommend wearing immediate dentures for only a short time period. Once healing is complete, permanent dentures or dental implants will 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 they are biting correctly. Then, your dentist will use your existing dental implants to anchor your immediate dentures in place. This way, you will have teeth which are locked in your mouth the same day as when you remove your bad teeth!

This process is generally referred to as teeth-in-a-day. This is a great option for patients who don’t want to wear dentures and be toothless for months as their dental implants continue to heal. Teeth-in-a-day is a great option to walk into the dentist with broken and missing teeth and walk out with teeth in place in one day. To learn more about teeth-in-a-day contact Oceansight Dental & Implants today. Dr. Jazayeri is an expert in performing dental implant surgery and offering teeth-in-a-day treatment. Call us at (949) 481-2540 to schedule your appointment with us today. We will walk you through the entire process and explain to your how easy it is to get your beautiful smile back IN ONE DAY!


Overdentures, also known as implant-supported dentures or snap-on-dentures, are false teeth which are supported by two or more dental implants. Essentially, overdentures are a set of complete dentures which anchor onto a few dental implants for added stability. Typically, you require at least 2 dental implants and no more than 6 dental implants to support an overdenture.

To learn more about overdenture treatment in San Clemente, Orange County, click here. You can also give us a call at (949) 481-2540 or schedule your appointment online. Dr. Jazayeri is an expert at overdenture treatment and can complete your treatment in as little as one day! Schedule your appointment at our San Clemente dental office to learn more about overdenture treatment.

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 replace some but not all of your teeth within each arch. Partial dentures are made from different material, each with its own benefits and risks. There are three basic types of partial dentures which are acrylic partials, metal patials and flexible partials. Here is a bit more about each type of partial denture:

Acrylic partial dentures

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

Metal partial dentures

Metal partials are made from a combination of acrylic and metal substrate. These dentures have a solid metal framework which stabilizes the false teeth and anchors it in place. Metal partial dentures are the most common type of partial dentures as they are both comfortable, stable and affordable. However, the metal clasps can occasionally interfere with aesthetics, especially when you’re missing a front tooth. Plus, metal partials can break easily if dropped and are very difficult to repair after that.

Flexible partial teeth

Flexible partials are a more modern type of partial denture. These dentures are made from a resilient plastic that is durable, comfortable and natural-looking. Additionally, flexible partials make use of pink-plastic claps instead of metal to lock your teeth in place. This makes flexible partials a better option for replacing your front teeth since the clasps are not as noticeable. Additionally, flexible partials are very resilient and don’t break that easily, even if you accidentally drop them. To learn more about flexible partials, contact Oceansight Dental & Implants today. Call us at (949) 481-2540 to learn more about the different types of options and which options best suits your needs.

Which partial denture is best suited for my needs?

The best partial denture for you depends on how many teeth you’re missing, where the missing teeth are and condition of your remaining teeth

There are many different factors to take into consideration when deciding on the most suitable partial denture for your needs. Factors such as how many teeth you’re missing, where the missing teeth are located, the condition of your remaining teeth, etc. all need to be taken into consideration. Ultimately, only you and your dentist can determine which partial denture is best suited to your needs.

To learn more about dentures and other treatment options, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with us. Call us at (949) 481-2540 to schedule your denture consultation with Oceansight Dental & Implants today. Dr. Jazayeri will review different types of dentures, show you models and review their pros and cons. We will help you decide the best route to go and review costs and financing options if interested. Call us today or come into our downtown San Clemente office today and get started on fixing your smile!

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

Some patients love their dentures while some never even wear theirs. What makes the difference? Here are some of the reasons why some patients are unhappy with their dentures:

Denture needs to be adjusted

Your denture needs to be adjusted several times after you first receive it. This is important to improve the fit and eliminate sore spots. For example, if you’re experiencing sore lesions in your mouth, then your false teeth needs to be trimmed down. Maybe your false teeth are moving too much and this could be die to an incorrect bite which needs to be calibrated. Sometimes dentures become loose over time and a simple denture reline or rebase can get your false teeth to fit much better.

If you’re experiencing problems with your dentures we recommend that you give us a call at (949) 481-2540. Come in and have Dr. Jazayeri take a look at your dentures to see if we can adjust them for a better fit. Wearing dentures that feel uncomfortable can harm your mouth and affect your digestion. This has serious consequences which go beyond your oral health. Come in today and see how it is that we can help you chew, talk and feel better about your denture teeth!

Denture is ill-fitting

You may be unhappy with your dentures because they are not fitting well. This could be due to a poor denture design or simply the result of wear-and-tear or jaw bone shrinkage. Your only solution may be a new and improved set of false teeth. Visit us today in our San Clemente dental office to see if you’re a good candidate for new dentures. Call us at (949) 481 -2540 to get started with your new smile today.

You’re not a good candidate for wearing dentures

Some patients simply can’t function comfortably with dentures. You may never get accustomed to wearing false teeth and find them to be a constant struggle. This could be to many different reasons. Often times patient find themselves gagging due to the large size of dentures themselves. Other times you simply can’t find an acceptable way to keep your denture stable in your mouth. Even a perfectly made set of dentures won’t help you out much if you’re not a good candidate for wearing dentures.

If you’re an unhappy denture wearer, you should consider getting dental implants instead. Thanks to dental implants, almost all denture wearers now have options to replace their missing teeth with permanent teeth. Your three options are: Full mouth dental implants, all-on-four teeth and overdentures. Visit Oceansight Dental & Implants to learn more about alternatives to traditional dentures. Give us a call at (949) 481 – 2540 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Jazayeri today. We will work with you to figure out a solution that is going to work for you.

Denture treatment in San Clemente, Orange County

Be sure to bring any old dentures you may have so that we can examine them to see where there is room for improvement

Give us a call if you need new dentures or have concerns about your existing false teeth give us a call. You can reach us at (949)481-2540 or you can schedule your denture consultation online today. Our office is called Oceansight Dental & Implants and we are conveniently located in downtown San Clemente, Orange County. Our dentist, Dr. Jazayeri, will review all your treatment options with you, explain their pros and cons and make recommendations to you. We will review treatment costs and present you with financing options if interested.

Call us today to schedule your appointment and get started with your new teeth. Also, be sure to bring any old dentures you may have with you so that we can examine them. Even if your old dentures is uncomfortable and you’re currently not using them, they can still help us get a better idea of what works and 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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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