What are Dentures?
Dentures are removable substitutes for missing teeth that assist in restoring a person’s smile. Dentures benefit overall appearance for individuals who have lost their natural teeth due to gum disease, tooth decay or dental trauma. For most people dentures can facilitate clear speech or articulation and the ability to eat comfortably. The Aliso Niguel Dental Group offer dentures that are both comfortable and resemble to natural looking teeth giving an improved overall appearance of the mouth and smile.
At Aliso Niguel Dental Group we offer two main types of dentures; full and partial dentures. Full dentures are utilized when all teeth are missing either conventionally or immediately, while partial dentures are utilized when some of the natural teeth still remain intact.
How do Dentures work?
At Aliso Niguel Dental Group we provide dentures that are custom-made within a dental laboratory based on individual impressions of the patient’s mouth. Full dentures are created by using a matching flesh colour acrylic base that fits over the gums with the upper denture covering the roof of the mouth and the lower denture leaving space for the tongue.
To determine the most suitable dentures for our patients, we offer three types of dentures; Conventional Full Denture, Immediate Full Denture and Partial Denture. A conventional full denture is ready for placement after removal of teeth and gum tissue has completely healed, with a healing process of several months during which time the patient will be without teeth. Unlike conventional dentures, immediate full dentures are placed immediately after removal of teeth with measurements of the mouth taken during a prior dental visit. Although most patients are satisfied about not being without teeth during the healing process, immediate full dentures need to be refined and remade several months after the healing period since bone and gum tissue reshape when healing takes place. Our dental professionals prioritize in discussing the potential benefits, limitations and possible consequences of considering the type of dentures best suited to patient health. A partial denture is utilized when some natural teeth remain in the lower and upper jaw and rests on a metal framework attached to the natural teeth. In some cases, crowns may be placed on some of the natural teeth to account for removable ‘bridges’.
What do new Dentures feel like?
Denture placements can cause feelings of discomfort, minor irritations or soreness mostly common within the first few weeks or months. A loose feeling in the muscles of the cheeks and tongue may be felt amongst patients as holding the dentures in place takes a little practice causing eating and speaking to be slightly challenging with an increase in saliva flow. Fortunately, these feelings subside on their own once the mouth muscles adapt to the new dentures.
How long do Dentures last?
Dentures may last over a long period of time but an annual dental check-up is highly recommended to determine whether the dentures need to be relined based on natural changes occurring to the mouth as we age. Patients are advised to practice good dental hygiene to reduce any oral irritation.