Mangat Dental Center in San Jose
What are Dentures?
Although many advances have been made in the field of dentistry, loss of teeth is still an ongoing problem. In the United States, 26% of adults between the ages of sixty-five and seventy-five have lost all of their teeth. Currently, there are a number of options available for people who have lost their teeth. One of the most versatile and affordable is a set of removable dentures.
Dentures are removable appliances that replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. They are generally made from an acrylic resin, sometimes combined with various metals, and generally come in three different types:
Standard Full Dentures
Standard full dentures are comprise a full set of upper and lower teeth. This type of denture uses suction to stay in place. They are made of a pliable material which makes suction easy. However, for this same reason, a standard full dentures will require routine visits to the dentist. Being pliable, the dentures are susceptible to shrinkage, thus creating an ill-fitting prosthetic that will result in atrophy of the jawbone.
Partial dentures replace only a limited number of teeth – not an entire set. Partial dentures are a single piece fitting supported by the remaining teeth and gums. They are much more secure and comfortable than standard full dentures.
Partial dentures attach to your teeth with metal clasps or precision attachments. Precision attachments are generally more costly than metal clasps, but provide a better aesthetic solution than metal clasps. Fitment on partial dentures can be improved with the addition of crowns on your natural teeth, which are usually required with precision attachments.
Cosmetic Dentures, as you can imagine, are made to look as natural as possible. Unlike standard dentures that use a heat curing process (which leads to dentures that become ill-fitting over time), cosmetic dentures are made from a special acrylic base that eliminates the possibility of the denture shrinking and warping.
Furthermore, some cosmetic dentures achieve a natural appearance through the use of implants (see video below). Implants are installed in the mouth so the dentures have something to hold onto. The cosmetic denture will either rest on or snap onto the implant, allowing the denture to stay in place without the chance of it moving around, Cosmetic dentures are the most comfortable and natural looking solution.
What are the benefits of Dentures?
Dentures benefit your health and appearance. They make it easier to eat and speak better than you could without teeth. After losing your teeth, facial muscles sag, giving you an older appearance. Dentures successfully fill out the contours of your face and profile. Dentures are also conveniently removable and easy to care for.
The loss of teeth and some of the expensive treatment options available need not prevent you from continuing to lead a healthy and happy life. Removable dentures are a suitable course of treatment for many people. You deserve to give yourself the best treatment possible.
With over 28 years of experience in general and cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Mangat and his experienced team have consistently delivered exceptional cosmetic dentures.
How long do Dentures take?
Dentures generally require three visits to our center. On your first visit, Dr. Mangat will evaluate your case and take the required measurements. Afterwards, your measurements are sent to a lab where your custom dentures are fabricated. On your second visit, your dentures will be inserted. A third visit is usually necessary so the dentures can be checked and adjusted as necessary.
How do you care for your Dentures?
Your new dentures may feel awkward for a few weeks until you become accustomed to them. Minor irritation or soreness is not uncommon. Saliva flow may also temporarily increase, but as your mouth becomes accustomed to dentures, these problems should subside.
Even if you have a full set of dentures, practicing good dental hygiene is a must. Brush your gums, tongue, and roof of your mouth every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your gums. Brush your dentures daily with a soft-bristled brush to remove plaque and food deposits and to avoid staining. Hard bristles can damage your dentures.
When not wearing your dentures, place them in a soaking solution or water. If not kept moist, dentures can lose their proper shape. However, if your dentures have metal attachments, keep in mind they could become tarnished if placed in a soaking solution.
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