Dentures - Complete, Partial, & Custom
Dentures are one of the most sought-after solutions for tooth loss at our Woodcreek Dental clinics. We are experts when it comes to making and inserting dentures. Dentures are a perfect alternative for people who have lost their teeth, but they do not want permanent options such as dental implants, crowns, and bridges. Some people do not want to go through the surgical procedure of getting dental implants.
Dentures can either be complete or partial. Partial dentures are used when you have just lost a few adjacent teeth on your jaw. They are used to fill up the tooth gap left. Complete dentures are used when you have lost all the teeth in your jaw. They are designed to fit over your jaw snugly.
How Are Dentures Made?
Porcelain and plastic have for long been the go-to materials for the manufacture of the teeth section of dentures. Modern dentures have this part made of tough composite resin. The dentures also have an acrylic base that acts as the anchor. The acrylic base adheres to the gums and the palate for the upper jaw. For the lower jaw, the acrylic base adheres to the gums but leaves enough space for the tongue.
These materials are not as strong as natural teeth. As such, dentures cannot be used as natural teeth. They will easily crack if put under intense pressure or when dropped. Dentures tend to wear out after a while as well. The American Dental Association recommends that dentures be replaced every five years. The best dentures are those that are custom-made. Custom-made dentures offer the best fit and feel a lot more comfortable in your mouth.
How Do Dentures Help
Since dentures cannot function like natural teeth, many people often wonder whether they are really helpful. There are many benefits that come with having dentures instead of staying toothless. First, when you have lost all the teeth on your jaw, the lips will immediately collapse since there is no arch. Collapsed lips are not very attractive. Dentures help restore the arch and hence the shape of the lips.
Although dentures cannot completely halt the process of jawbone loss, they help slow it down. You will lose your jawbone volume a lot faster if you remain toothless. You can use your dentures to eat, but you cannot chew hard foods.
It takes time to get used to having dentures in your mouth. You will have to learn how to speak and eat with dentures properly. It should take long to master the skill though. Dentures will help you appear presentable, and give you confidence while you are in public. Getting dentures is always a quick procedure. You can go for dentures immediately you have lost your teeth, as you plan on how to get a permanent solution.
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Call Woodcreek Dental at (805) 738-5566 to find out more about partial and complete dentures. You can speak to one of our experts, and they will be more than glad to answer your questions. Better yet, you can visit our clinics and receive more personalized care.