Dentures

DenturesThere are many reasons a patient might need dentures. Sometimes trauma to the jaw can cause the teeth to become so loosened, they need to be pulled. You may have many complex dental issues that make dentures a more cost-effective solution than extensive and painful dental work. You may also have many of your original teeth missing. This is more than a cosmetic issue – when teeth are missing, the remaining teeth may shift to fill the gaps, even coming out of socket. This can be a very painful experience, and cause you problems while eating or speaking. If you find yourself in a situation where you may need dentures, there are two main types to choose from.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are used to fill in gaps where only a few teeth are missing. These replacement teeth are generally constructed of a natural-looking porcelain composite designed to match the look and color of your original teeth. The replacement teeth are attached to a metal framework. A partial denture is attached to your existing teeth with crowns that fit over two anchor teeth on either side of the gap formed by the missing teeth. This provides extra stability and a more natural feel.

Full Dentures

Full dentures are intended to replace your full set of top or bottom teeth. Whereas dentures used to use a goopy over-the-counter adhesive to attach to your gums, today’s full dentures can often be secured in place using dental implants. The dentures are custom made to fit the size and shape of your natural teeth, and then placed over the implants for extra stability and security. These give full dentures a more natural look and feel when speaking and especially eating, giving denture wearers more confidence and a higher quality of life. Full dentures are usually recommended when a person has either lost a large portion of their original teeth, or need them pulled for any reason.

If you would like to know more about dentures, the procedures involved with having dentures custom made, or think you may be a good candidate for either partial or full dentures, call Manhattan Beach Dental Center today at 310-376-0482 for a consultation. Our kind and courteous staff can answer any questions you might have. We look forward to getting you on your way with a healthy and bright smile once more.