Complete & Partial Dentures
When you have multiple teeth missing or when a complete set of your teeth is lost, one of the best things to do is to consider getting dentures. There are various kinds of dental procedures that can help restore teeth, however, dentures are definitely the most recommended because of the convenience of getting them fitted and their convenience and ease of use. If you want to learn more about dentures and how you can benefit from them then you should definitely visit Irvine Dentistry.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are removable oral appliances designed to replace missing teeth and restore oral function, including chewing and speaking, while also improving the aesthetics of a person's smile.
Types of Dentures
Dentures come in various forms and materials, but the most common types of dentures include complete dentures and partial dentures.
Complete or full dentures are fitted when all of your teeth are missing. They are usually secured in place by suction. You can get full dentures if our dentist removes the remaining teeth, leaving the mouth with no teeth at all. This happens when the teeth left after losing the others are severely damaged.
Partial dentures are a choice when you have several teeth missing. The removable partial denture prosthesis comprises one or several artificial teeth secured with clasps fitting onto the adjacent natural teeth.
Implant-supported dentures, also known as overdentures, are a type of removable denture that is securely anchored and supported by dental implants. These dentures offer a more stable and comfortable alternative to traditional removable dentures, which rely on adhesive creams or suction for retention. Implant-supported dentures can be used in the upper or lower jaw.
Benefits of Dentures
Dentures are highly effective in helping to improve your speech because when you lose teeth, your tongue tends to slip into the gaps causing a lot of difficulty in pronunciation of words. If you want to make sure that your pronunciation is correct, and you have no problem speaking, then dentures are a great solution.
One of the major benefits of getting dentures is that it helps restore your confidence. There is no denying that when you have missing teeth, it is almost impossible for you to smile with confidence and this can cause a lot of discomfort, especially when you are in front of people. When you have a complete set of teeth, not only will you manage to smile confidently but it also makes you feel a lot better. This automatically helps restore your lost confidence and you feel at ease when you are in a crowd of people.
Better Facial Structure
When you lose teeth there is a strong chance of face drooping because of deterioration of your jaw. This is something that you can avoid when you get dentures fitted correctly. The dentures can help keep your jaw in place and ensure that there is no deterioration. This also ensures that your face will not change and you will not look older than your actual age.
Easy To Maintain
It is really easy to maintain dentures, and this means that you don't have to worry about spending a lot of money in order to keep them functioning properly. All you need to do is clean and brush your teeth on a regular basis. This enables you to maintain your dentures so they can last you a long time without any problems.
How Dentures Are Made
First, our dentist uses a pre-made tray, also known as the stock tray, to select an impression that best fits the patient's mouth. Then they match the impression with the patient's mouth before giving it to a dental technician. A dental technician's primary job is to create models from those impressions using plaster. These models are then used to create customized trays for more accurate impressions. The dentist will select new impressions from these special trays and again send them to the technician to make the final models for the dentures.
Adjusting to Dentures
Getting used to dentures is a process that requires some patience and adaptation. Whether you have complete dentures or partial dentures, it's common to experience some discomfort and challenges initially. Remember that it takes time to adjust to dentures fully. The initial discomfort and challenges you may face are temporary. Your mouth, gums, and muscles will gradually adapt to the presence of the dentures, making them more comfortable and natural-feeling.
Caring for Dentures
It is possible for dentures to break if you happen to drop them accidentally. Therefore, ensure you clean them over a folded towel or bowl of water in case you accidentally drop them. Brush and soak the dentures every day. Start by brushing the prosthesis to remove any bits of food leftovers. Use a denture cleaner because it is non-abrasive. Avoid toothpaste since it is abrasive and can tend to create micro-dents or scratches where plaque, bacteria, and debris can settle.
Frequently Asked Questions about Dentures
How long do dentures last?
You can expect dentures to last several years, but that is only achievable if you treat them well. After some years, the prostheses will need relining or re-making due to the normal wear they undergo. The dentures may require relining because of changes in mouth shape. Over time, gum ridges and bone may shrink, making the jaws begin meeting differently. As such the dentures may become loose, hence causing discomfort or health problems such as infections and sores. An improperly fitting or loose denture makes it difficult to talk and eat comfortably. You may want to replace the badly fitting or worn-out dentures before they create problems.
Can I eat normally with dentures?
Dentures allow people to eat a more varied diet as opposed to when they had missing teeth.
Will dentures affect my speech?
It may take you a little time to get used to your dentures; however, once you have, you will be able to speak more clearly, enhancing your overall quality of life.
Can dentures improve my appearance?
Dentures not only replace missing teeth, they improve your aesthetics, enhancing your facial appearance and self-esteem.
Why Choose Irvine Dentistry for Dentures?
In case you are wondering whether or not dentures are a good fit for you, all you need to do is give us a call at (949) 656-2933 and we'll be happy to answer any of your questions. You can also visit Irvine Dentistry to get more details.