A denture is a removable prosthetic made to replace several missing teeth or an entire arch of teeth. They are typically made from acrylic resin, with porcelain added for aesthetic purposes. The prosthetic is held in place by suction and can be removed daily for cleaning.
At Bo Macdonald DDS Dentistry, two main types of dentures are available: partial and complete. Partials replace just a few teeth and are held in place by clasps attached to the remaining teeth. Full dentures are used when all the teeth in an arch are missing.
How Do Dentures Work?
There are different types of dentures available depending on patient needs and preferences. Full and partial dentures are among the most popular. A complete set of dentures can replace all of your teeth, while a partial set is used to replace some missing teeth.
Both types of dentures are made based on a mold of your mouth to ensure a comfortable fit. All dentures are made from acrylic resin with porcelain or metal attachments for support.
Complete dentures can feel tight on your gums initially, but they should loosen over time as you adjust to wearing them. Our dentist may recommend using denture adhesives to ensure your new dentures stay in place. Clean your dentures daily by soaking them overnight in water or a cleaning solution. This will help remove any bacteria that can develop when food particles get stuck in the crevices of your dentures.
Regular visits to the dentist are also necessary to ensure your dentures continue to fit correctly. Over time, your jawbone will recede from the gum line, which may cause changes in the shape of your jaw and gums. This can lead to ill-fitting dentures and eventually require a new set of dentures to be made.
The Benefits of Dentures
The number one reason patients choose dentures when they’re missing one or more teeth is that they want to be able to once again chew their food properly. Without proper chewing ability and nutrition from the foods you eat, your quality of life and overall health can suffer significantly in the long run.
However, there are a few other reasons patients choose to get dentures beyond this. For example, it’s common for denture wearers to feel more confident in social situations when before they used to hide their smiles. A lack of self-confidence can negatively impact your professional life and relationships. By getting dentures, you can regain that confidence and feel happier overall.
Dentures not only improve your appearance but also restore your ability to speak and chew properly. To learn more about dentures, visit Bo Macdonald DDS Dentistry at 11340 W Olympic Blvd #148, Los Angeles, CA 90064, or call (310) 479-4459.