When it comes to your teeth, your focus is on your smile. A large part of being confident in your appearance stems from having a bright and beautiful smile. This is no different if you wear dentures. Fortunately, a great smile is still possible with an affordable pair of good dentures from our dental team here in Downey, CA.
Our team of dental experts is dedicated to providing caring and highly personalized service that ensures you get dentures that meet your needs for comfort and appearance, while working with you and your budget to make your dentures affordable.
There are a few different varieties of dentures available, allowing us to cater a solution to your specific needs. Learn more about them below.
When you picture a pair of dentures, “full dentures” are generally what you’re picturing, as they are a full set of artificial teeth. Full dentures are comprised of two parts, the upper portion, which includes a flesh colored base that covers your gums and the roof of your mouth, and the lower portion, which includes a horseshoe shaped base to accommodate your tongue.
Before you’re fitted for a set of full dentures, your dentist will carefully remove any remaining teeth. After this happens, your jawbone will react to the absence of teeth slowly, and gradually change its shape over time. To account for this, your dentist might recommend you wait several months before actually getting fitted for your permanent set of dentures.
Naturally, most patients don’t want to go about life without teeth. With this in mind, your dentist will typically measure your mouth immediately after teeth are removed so that an immediate denture can be used while you wait. This allows you to eat and speak normally (after some adjustment) and prevents you from having to be “toothless” for months at a time. As your jawbone changes in shape, your dentist can also re-align the immediate denture to fit.
Partial dentures are a good solution for when you only need to replace a few teeth. When this is the case, partial dentures serve to fill the gap and can be attached to your natural teeth in a number of ways.
Currently, the most common way to attach a partial set of dentures to your teeth is by using a plastic base that is matched to the color of your gums. On top of this, a metal framework is added to secure the base of your partial dentures and prevent it from falling out of your mouth.
A partial denture is only used if you have enough healthy teeth remaining to rule out the use of a full denture, which replaces every tooth.
Partial dentures and procedures like dental implants tend to accomplish the same goal: replace teeth that need to be removed (or are already gone). However, they function very differently – as a denture can be removed, while an implant or crown is permanent. With this in mind, your dentist will educate you on all of the available solutions and alternatives. In most cases, the biggest concern is how well the chosen solution will “play nicely” with your existing teeth.
For example: if you have a large number of teeth that need to be replaced, chances are your dentist will recommend a partial denture – which can better handle larger gaps. On the other hand, if only a few teeth are missing and the gaps are on one side of your mouth, a dental bridge might be a suitable solution.
Ultimately, it all comes down to a consultation and a conversation – two things we’re very good. For answers to questions or to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.