Dentures are removable prosthesis that fill in gaps in your mouth due to missing teeth. They are made from pink and white acrylic that closely resembles tooth and gum structure. Dentures are removable, meaning that you can take them in and out of your mouth. It takes several visits to make dentures, since your dentist needs to take several measurements and send it back and forth to the laboratory. Making well-fitting denture can be challenging and requires accurate impressions and bite. Be patient while we make you your teeth as it is important follow the proper steps to give you a dentures that you will be happy with.
Dentures are an affordable way to replace missing teeth to fill in the gaps for better looks and speech. However, because dentures are removable, they are not as comfortable as your original teeth or as dental implants would be. Denture wearers face problems such as subpar chewing ability, speech difficulties, sore lesions and reduced confidence. Long-term denture use can also damage your remaining teeth and jawbone over time which causes your jaws to shrink and makes your dentures become loose. Denture teeth wear out quickly with repeated use, causing them to have a flattened chewing surface and become ineffective. As a result, most denture wearers require replacement dentures about every 3 to 5 years.
Thanks to dental implants, denture wearers now have options to improve the fit of their dentures or replace dentures with fixed teeth altogether. You may be qualified for fixed permanent teeth or hybrid dentures which lock onto dental implants. If you’re an unhappy denture wearer, consider exploring your options involving dental implants. We offer free consultations and second opinion to help you better understand your options and make the right decision for your mouth.
There are several different types of dentures including complete dentures, immediate dentures and partial dentures. Here is a but more about each type of denture:
Complete Denture: Complete denture, also referred to as full denture, is a set of false teeth which replaces every tooth in either your upper or lower jaw. Complete dentures sit on top of your gums and get their stability from suction against your gum tissue. Some denture wearers do very well with complete dentures while others constantly struggle with them. Challenges to wearing complete dentures include looseness, mobility, sore lesions, speech difficulties, gagging and compromised esthetics. If you’re not happy with your complete dentures, consider consulting with Dr. Jazayeri regarding your options involving dental implants. Treatments such as implant-retained dentures or all-on-four give you more secure teeth at an affordable price.
Immediate Denture: Immediate dentures are pre-made to fit your jaw after removing bad teeth. Immediate dentures fill in the gaps in your mouth to provide reasonable esthetic and function while the surgery area continues to heal. Typically, immediate dentures are designed to be worn for a short period of time while your gums or dental implants continue to heal. Once healing is complete, your permanent denture or implant crowns are fabricated, and you can discard your immediate dentures.
Partial Denture: If you’ve lost some of your teeth but not all of them, 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. As opposed to complete dentures, partial dentures rely heavily on clasps to anchor them onto your remaining teeth. This secures and keep the denture in place and gives them better stability. There are three basic typs of partial dentures, which include acrylic, metal or flexible plastic type.
Acrylic Partial Denture: Acrylic partials are the weakest and least comfortable type or partials. They break easily because the acrylic is not very strong. Also, they become loose easily since their clasps are quite passive. Acrylic partials are typically made for use on a temporary basis.
Metal Partial Denture: Metal partial dentures are a better option since the metal makes them more stable and sturdier. However, the metal does interfere with esthetics especially if missing front teeth. Be careful, metal partial dentures break if you drop them and are very difficult to repair once they have broken.
Flexible Partial Dentures: Flexible partial dentures are made from a resilient plastic. These are typically the most comfortable and desirable looking type of partial dentures. They are very resilient and tight while at the same time more forgiving to your remaining teeth. For most patients, flexible partial dentures are the preferred choice when considering partial dentures as a permanent solution.
If you’re interested in learning more about complete and partial dentures, book your complimentary consultation appointment with Dr. Jazayeri. We will review your treatment options with you to determine what is the best course of treatment. Please be sure to bring any old dentures you may have so that we can assess them, even if they are uncomfortable and you’re not wearing them. This helps us get a better idea of what will and what won't work for your case.
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