Due to accidents, poor oral health care, or diseases, you may have some or all of your teeth missing, leaving you with a gap. Dentures, both complete and partial, are meant to replace your lost teeth and gums
After a visit to Smile Family Dentistry in Concord, CA, we will suggest either you be fitted with dentures or not, depending on your mouth's condition.
There are two types of dentures: complete and partial dentures.
If you need any dentures, Smile Family Dentistry can help in creating and fixing dentures to replace your teeth and gums. For additional questions about dentures, read our denture FAQ page.
What Are Complete Dentures?
Complete or full dentures are used when you don't have any teeth remaining. They are fixed on the jaws through suction and can be removed at any time when sleeping or cleaning your dental region.
Complete dentures are divided into two types, immediate dentures and conventional dentures.
Immediate dentures are made before the teeth are removed and put in immediately after removal. The advantage of this is that you'll have the fake teeth while healing, but you will need re-adjustments as the jaw and gums shrink when healing, affecting their placement.
What Are Partial Dentures?
A removable partial denture is a replacement of some of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw.
Plastic or porcelain teeth are attached to gum-colored plastic bases, which are connected by a metal framework.
Removable partial dentures are held to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called attachments. Precision attachments are generally more esthetic than metal clasps and they are nearly invisible.
Putting crowns on your natural teeth may improve the fit of a removable partial denture and they are usually required with attachments.
Dentures with precision attachments generally cost more than those with metal clasps.
How Are Dentures Made?
After losing your teeth, the socket gets filled with the bone and gum, which changes its shape. The process takes some months before reaching a stable shape.
Conventional full dentures are made eight to twelve weeks after you lose the teeth.
The first part of the process involves taking the impression, which is used to create models of the mouth.
Dr. Kent Davis will start building the dentures on the model, then transfer them to the patients' mouth once complete.
Finally, the last stage ensures everything fits as desired, and the appearance looks good.
An immediate denture is given to patients as a temporary measure until the final denture is created. It is used to hold the gum and jaw as they heal after removing the teeth. They do not fit into the gum and the jaw.
You will be required to visit our offices for check ups once a week for a month to ensure everything settles well. After this, monthly visits will be necessary for denture readjustments.
How Do I Take Care of My Dentures?
One needs to take care of the partial or complete dentures to increase their lifespan.
Dentures can last for more than five years if used well. But, if not well taken care of, tartar, plaque, and other oral infections will build up and cause bad breath, gum problems, and stains.
Also, you have to remove your dentures for cleaning. Cleaning involves running them under clean water, removing any food particles, then brushing them before applying mild soap or a denture cleaner. Rinse in clean water before wearing them again. Do not use toothpaste and other cleaners since they will corrode the dentures.
Schedule with Your Concord, CA Dentist Today!
If you have one missing tooth or all of them, it's important to regain your smile and confidence by having dentures fixed in your mouth. If you're looking for more information on dentures around Concord, CA, call Smile Family Dentistry at 925-825-1130 today!