Losing teeth can be a discouraging problem, and often can result in no longer being able to eat the foods you love as well as decrease your ability to speak and enjoy social situations. If you are losing teeth, or have lost many or most of your teeth, there are options for you. If you’re missing some or all of your permanent teeth, dentures can restore your smile, as well as your ability to chew, bite, and speak confidently. At Prabhdeep K Gill DDS, in Fresno, California, family dentist Prabhdeep Gill, DDS, and her caring team offer several types of dentures, including full and partial options. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.
Are there different types of dentures?
Complete or full dentures
If you lose all of your teeth due to an injury, infection, or illness, you might benefit from full dentures. Full dentures replace all of the teeth on your upper or lower arch. Our dental team will take a mold of your mouth for your traditional dentures, and then have them custom made to help ensure that they work fantastically and fit great. We also offer high-end custom dentures that can meet a variety of appearances and specifications.
If you haven’t lost all of your teeth, a partial denture could be a good option to help restore your smile. Partial dentures contain a series of false teeth that attach to a metal framework. The framework relies on your remaining healthy teeth for support and snaps into place.
Flexible Aesthetics Partial Denture
We are now offer flexible repairable partials with esthetic clasps that are actually hard to see when the partial is in the patient’s mouth. This type of partial has no metal in it, yet is extremely durable.
Cast Metal Partial Dentures
This is the traditional partial that most people have seen with a metal framework and metal clasps. This partial is precision casted, strong and lasts for years replacing any missing teeth on a dental arch that has enough natural teeth to support the partial.
An acrylic partial is actually meant to be a temporary partial. The benefit of this partial is that it is fast to make so the patient can get something very fast and it is inexpensive. The cons is that it rest directly on the gums, the fit is not good as the other types of partials and are more prone to fracture.
Implant-supported dentures snap on top of dental implants instead of using adhesives to stay in place. This allows you to speak, bite, and chew without worrying about them slipping or sliding around.
What type of dentures will be of most benefit?
The dentures that will most benefit you depends on how many teeth you’re missing, your oral health history, and your goals for treatment. Following a thorough oral exam and a discussion of your needs, Dr. Gill would make recommendations that align with your oral conditions.
How do I take care of my dentures?
You should clean your dentures regularly to extend the lifespan of your dentures. After each meal, rinse your dentures off in cool water. Avoid hot or warm water, because they can cause warpage of your dentures.
It’s also important to brush your dentures with a soft-bristle toothbrush at least once a day. When you go to bed at night, soak your dentures in an overnight cleaning solution. Additionally, you should avoid foods like hard candy or chewing gum since these items may cause your dentures to chip or crack.
Don’t let missing teeth prevent you from living your best life. To schedule a dentures appointment call our office or book a consultation online today.