In case you have lost your natural teeth due to tooth decay, injury, or gum disease, you can benefit from dentures. They are customized, removable appliances to replace your missing natural teeth. Dentures will help you talk, bite, and chew just like you could with your natural teeth and restore your smile's appearance. Dentures are custom-made to ensure a close resemblance to your natural teeth.
Benefits of Dentures
- Dentures mimic the natural teeth, improve ideal oral functionality, and enhance the aesthetics of your smile.
- Dentures are customized for your oral contour, which enables you to get the most comfortable fit.
- Dentures are removable and easy to clean, allowing you to maintain better oral hygiene with minimal effort.
- Dentures make your jaws and cheeks appear fuller, thereby restoring facial contour.
Types of dentures
- Complete Dentures
Complete or full dentures are customized and removable replacements for all the teeth in your mouth. These artificial prostheses are held by forming a seal with the gums or by attaching them to dental implants. They are made of a gum-colored acrylic base to recreate gum tissue and provide support and rigidity to a set of dental-grade porcelain teeth.
Dentures are best suited for elderly patients, especially geriatric patients who have oral conditions because of their old age. In some instances, they can also be helpful for young patients who have lost all of their teeth in an injury or due to severe tooth decay.
- Partial Dentures
Partial dentures are made up of a metal framework and an acrylic base to support and strengthen specific missing teeth. They are usually used as temporary replacements or in case of a dental emergency. The two different types of partial dentures are:
- Fixed Partial Dentures
Fixed partial dentures use pre-existing natural teeth or dental implants as abutments to provide support and stability for the prostheses. These dentures are used to replace a few missing teeth in a row and are not removable. Fixed partial dentures are comparatively stronger than removable ones, and patients feel more comfortable with them.
- Removable Partial Dentures
Removable partial dentures contain substitute teeth attached to a metal framework or a gum-colored acrylic base and are used to replace some missing teeth. They can be removed and replaced anytime. These dentures are ideal for patients who cannot get an implant-supported bridge.
- Implant-Retained Dentures
Implant-retained dentures or overdentures are suitable for patients who need retention due to loss of the bone. They do not permanently attach to dental implants but provide an anchorage for the teeth. These dentures must be removed every night for cleaning and resting the gum tissues.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Salida, CA, to have a consultation with our dentists. Please call us at (209) 732-1123 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.