There are several reasons why a person can lose a tooth, such as aging, poor oral hygiene, gum disease, or a fall, among others. Accidents are a very common reason for a person to lose a tooth or several teeth. You often see someone trip over something and fall or slip and fall, and then lose a tooth. When you lose a tooth or multiple teeth, it may change how you look, making you lose your self-confidence. Smooth Dental and Orthodontics offers an effective solution to lost or missing teeth, with some of the best dentures Santa Ana has to offer.
WHY GET DENTURES?
WHAT IS A DENTURE?
A denture is a removable replacement for a missing tooth or teeth and its surrounding tissues. At Smooth Dental Group, dentures are always custom made to suit the requirements of the patients. Dentures can either be partial or complete, meaning they can either replace just a few teeth that are missing or replace all teeth on either the top or bottom gum line or both. In the past, dentures were made of porcelain or plastic. But now they are mostly made of hard resin which can give the nearest replica to natural teeth.
WHAT ARE THE THREE TYPES OF DENTURES?
Every person has a different need when it comes to dentures. You may have lost just a couple of teeth or most of them. Based on the number of teeth you have lost, and the number of remaining healthy teeth left, your dentist at Smooth Dental Group will determine what kind of denture you will need. The kinds of dentures include:
- Full denture: They are also known as complete dentures, and they replace all your natural teeth. A full denture can be:
– Conventional full denture: Any remaining teeth in your mouth are removed, and the tissue is given enough time to heal, which usually takes several months. Once the tissue is completely healed, the denture is placed inside your mouth.
– Immediate full denture: The denture is prepared before the remaining teeth are removed. Your dentist will take measurements and prepare a model prior to the removal of the teeth. Once your remaining teeth are removed, the denture is placed inside your mouth.
Unlike a conventional full denture, you will not be without teeth for several months, but the immediate full denture must be realigned several months after it is inserted.
- Partial denture: When you have lost only a few teeth, and the remaining teeth are healthy, a partial denture is recommended. A partial denture is custom-made to rest on a metal framework that attaches to your healthy natural teeth. Your dentist may suggest using crowns on your remaining teeth that serve as anchors for the denture.
- Implant-supported dentures: Your dentist will make use of implants to securely support your denture in your mouth. The implants act as a solid foundation to support the denture to stay intact.
- Snap-in dentures: they are used if you do not have any remaining teeth, but you have enough bone to support an implant. In a snap-in denture, locator attachments that are embedded within the tissue side of the denture, snap onto the locator receptors or the implants. They held the dentures securely in place, and they are convenient as they can be removed like partial dentures.
TIPS TO HANDLE DENTURES
Your dentures are custom made based on your needs, and once the dentures are placed in your mouth, you will be given tips on how to care for them, so they last longer. Some of the tips include:
- Dentures are delicate and susceptible to break if they fall. You must make sure that you handle them with care while removing and replacing them.
- Dentures shouldn’t dry out, and hence, you must place them in plain water while not in use.
- Brush your dentures regularly without fail.
- In case of a break, chip, crack, or any issues with your denture, see your dentist immediately and do not try to fix them.
At Smooth Dental Group, we ensure you get the best possible replacement for your natural teeth with the best dentures Santa Ana has available. Call us and book an appointment with us, and let us help you smile bright.