Dentures are a restorative solution to missing teeth. After taking impressions of your mouth, artificial gums and teeth are created and placed to restore the appearance, function, and structure of your teeth. Patients can get partial dentures to replace a few missing teeth or full dentures to restore all of the teeth in their mouth. The artificial gums are made of a flesh-colored acrylic base and the artificial teeth are made of resin or porcelain.
Implant-supported dentures are much more secure and preserve jaw bone, unlike traditional dentures.
Dr. Anthony Nguyen will examine your teeth and gums and take x-rays to determine if you are a good candidate for dentures.
We will take impressions of your teeth and send them to the dental lab that constructs your denture. Full dentures require the extraction of all of your remaining teeth. It will take 6-12 weeks for these to heal and you will receive temporary dentures to wear.
We will also record information such as the measurements of your jaw and how your bite fits together and send this to the dental lab so they can create a denture mold that perfectly aligns with your mouth and jaw.
This will be a trial denture fitting to check how this unofficial set of dentures fits and feels in your mouth. Any problems will be recorded and adjusted.
After making any necessary finishing touches, we will receive your official dentures and place them in your mouth. It will take about a month for you to get used to them.
A partial denture is used to replace a few missing teeth in the mouth when a patient still has the majority of their teeth. This removable denture, which is attached to a metal framework and clips onto metal clasps that are placed around the natural teeth, is an alternative to a fixed bridge.
Full dentures restore one or both arches of teeth and require the remaining teeth in your mouth to be extracted. This denture is only an option for patients who are already missing the majority of their teeth and are having difficulty chewing, speaking, or have other severe dental problems. Full dentures restore the patient’s smile and functionality. These dentures are held in place around the gums through suction.
The removability of dentures allows you to clean them thoroughly and easily.
Missing teeth cause a variety of problems, including shifting teeth, bone loss, and changes to the facial structure. Dentures prevent these issues by restoring a patient’s smile and confidence as well as the structure of the mouth which prevents changes in a person’s bite and premature facial sagging.
Dentures also help a patient chew their food so they can eat a normal diet and speak more clearly. Partial dentures help alleviate wear and tear on existing teeth by evening out the chewing forces. Dentures also look very natural and are much more cost-effective than dental implants.
Ideal candidates for dentures are those with significant tooth loss and are in otherwise good oral health with sufficient jaw bone density and healthy gum tissue. Any active tooth decay or gum disease will need to be treated before you can get dentures.
You need to have healthy gums as well as sufficient jawbone to support dentures. If you only have a few missing teeth, a better option for you would be a dental bridge.
Dentures sit on top of the gums to support the facial structure and restore tooth function. They do not activate chewing forces in the jaw bone which results in bone deterioration over time. This means you will need to have your dentures replaced if changes occur to your face or jaw structure.
Dental implants involve inserting a biocompatible titanium post into the jaw so it fuses with the jaw bone. An abutment and dental crown are then placed after 3-6 months of osseointegration to complete the restoration.
The biggest difference between dental implants and dentures is that implants restore the roots of the tooth while dentures only restore the crowns. Implants preserve the jaw bone to prevent changes in the facial structure while dentures cannot prevent this.
It takes about 30 days to get used to using and feeling comfortable with your dentures.