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Thanks to technological advancements, dentures have become much more efficient, comfortable, and attractive than they were many years ago. Dentures have also been made more durable and could last for many decades.
If you are looking to get dentures, our experts at Nancy Shiba, DDS are here to share with you how they work and the different types that exist. We will restore your smile by placing the right dentures that address your specific oral problem.
What Are Dentures?
To put it in the simplest terms, dentures are a set of false teeth. Depending on your needs, they can be a partial or full set of teeth. Dentures come with a soft tissue structure to make them snug and comfortable.
These oral devices have become more durable because they are made from tougher materials. You can also get some in plastic or metallic materials.
Dentures come in a wide range of materials and sizes, making them a reliable tooth replacement option. No matter the type of oral problem you have, these dental appliances can help fix them.
Dentures are held in position by the suction that keeps them tight against your gums. Sometimes, we might use adhesives to prevent them from moving around.
After getting your dentures, we advise that you take good care of them to elongate their lifespan. Do so by regularly brushing them and ensuring they don't have any debris.
You should also attend regular dental exams to ensure everything is in order. If your dentures are worn-out, have them replaced immediately.
Types of Dentures
There are different types of dentures. Knowing some of them will help you choose the right one in relation to dental problems.
Partial dentures are one of the most common types of dentures. These dentures are used to replace one or multiple missing teeth in your mouth. They can also help solve biting and chewing problems after losing your teeth.
Partial dentures can be great for aesthetic function as they help improve your smile. If you have lost teeth in one side of your mouth, partial dentures are a great fit.
These dentures typically contain one or several teeth depending on your needs. The teeth rest on a metal or plastic base that is colored pink to match your gums and the roof of your mouth.
Partial dentures can be removed at any time, making them convenient. They are not designed to last permanently in your mouth and will need replacement after some time. You should also remember to take good care of them to avoid damage.
Implant Supported Overdentures
Implant supported overdentures are also a common alternative. This is a type of removable denture that is connected to your dental implants. In this arrangement, dental implants are fitted with a unique mechanism that allows dentures to lock them securely.
Implant supported overdentures are different from traditional dentures in the sense that they don't sit directly on the gum tissues. Even though regular dentures can do a good job by themselves, implant supported overdentures can provide function, comfort, and better aesthetics.
You will have a natural and beautiful smile with these dentures. Implant supported overdentures were specially designed to help patients with partial or complete tooth loss regain dental functionality.
While traditional dentures are held with aligners, implant supported overdentures are anchored on metallic posts. This provides better stability that enhances the tooth's functionality. You can bite and chew on hard foods without worrying about breakage.
Same Day Dentures / Immediate Dentures
These are a type of denture that can be put in place right after your teeth have been extracted. When you come in for a tooth extraction, we will place same-day dentures after the procedure.
Also referred to as immediate dentures, these dentures can fit in your mouth after undergoing an extraction procedure. These dentures can be a great confidence boost as they enhance your smile significantly. They fill gaps left by missing teeth and give you a more natural smile.
If you have lost your teeth and need new dentures within 24 hours, same-day dentures are the go-to option. These dentures come with a wide range of benefits, including the fact that you can get them on the same day. You don't have to wait for weeks to have dentures, as they will be ready in no time.
Fixed Dentures with Dental Implants
Even though fixed dentures with dental implants are not very common, they are another reliable alternative.
What makes these dentures unique is that you don't have to remove them from your mouth. They are permanently fitted, and you will never have to remove them. They are durable and function just like natural teeth.
Snap On Dentures
Snap-on dentures feel and look like traditional removable dentures. What makes them different is that they have several locators on the underside of the plate, which can attach to the dental implant abutments. Snap-on dentures fit very comfortably in your mouth and cannot shift or rub against your gums. They are also very secure and durable.
What Are Dentures Made Of?
Dentures are typically made from plastic, specifically acrylic resin. You can also get porcelain dentures that last longer.
How To Clean Dentures?
You can clean dentures by soaking them in water and brushing them with a soft-bristled toothbrush. You can also use a non-abrasive denture cleanser to remove stuck food particles.
Can You Sleep with Dentures?
It is not recommended to sleep with dentures. Wearing them in your sleep can affect your oral health down the line.
Can Dentures Be Fitted to Receding Gums?
Dentures can be fitted to receding gums. However, you will have to take good care of them to avoid damage.
How Long Does it Take to Get Dentures?
It takes about six to eight weeks to get dentures. The time frame varies depending on the type of dentures you get.
Request an Appointment for Dentures
Dentures are essential in helping restore your oral health. If you have missing, chipped, or decayed teeth, our experts at Nancy Shiba, DDS can restore your smile by placing dentures in your mouth. Call (669) 306-7669 to schedule your appointment.