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Dentures: Complete & Partials


Rendering of removable partial denture
Currently, an estimated 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth while 40 million Americans are missing all of their teeth, reports the American College of Prosthodontics. At Sabeti Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer you complete and partial dentures so that you can enjoy the benefits that come with a healthy diet and a beautiful smile.

What are Dentures?


There are three ways to restore missing teeth. One is to use dental bridges, the second is to use dental implants, and the third is to use dentures. Out of the three, dentures are the most non-invasive, non-surgical, and non-damaging ways you can restore your lost teeth.

Removable dentures are made of either metal or acrylic material and are supported by the soft and hard tissue of the mouth. There are two main types of dentures:

Complete Dentures


Complete dentures are designed for patients who are missing all of their teeth. They can be “conventional” or “same day.”
•  Conventional Dentures: Conventional dentures are complete dentures that are fabricated eight to 12 months after your teeth have been removed and the soft and hard tissues of your mouth have begun to heal. Because of this, they offer a superior and more comfortable fit in the mouth.
•  Same-Day Dentures: Same-day dentures are created in advance before your teeth are extracted. These dentures are placed immediately in your mouth after your remaining teeth have been removed. They provide you the benefit of an immediate set of teeth. They also help to manage the swelling and bleeding that accompanies multiple tooth extractions. However, we strongly recommend same-day dentures be used only as a temporary solution while your conventional dentures are being made.

Partial Dentures


A partial denture comprises a plate with a pink base and a metal framework with clasps that hold the device in place. The base has multiple teeth attached to it. These dentures are used when you still have some healthy teeth remaining in your mouth.
Partial dentures are a good option to enable you to chew properly, and to prevent your remaining teeth from moving out of position.


Difference Between Metal and Plastic Partial Dentures


Metal dentures are made from a cobalt-chromium alloy, and they are much stronger than plastic dentures. They are also quite lightweight. Although the base is made of metal, it is covered by flesh-colored plastic and natural-looking artificial teeth are attached to it. They are more expensive than plastic.

Plastic dentures are more affordable than their metal counterparts. However, they need to be fabricated very carefully since they can damage the teeth they are attached to. They are also weaker than metal and can break if used roughly.

Benefits of Dentures


Though dentures will never be able to provide you the same look and function like your natural teeth, they still come with a lot of benefits.
•  Dentures can restore your ability to chew so that you can eat your favorite foods. However, you should still avoid eating very hard, sticky, or tough food.
•  Dentures can give you a whole smile which results in a boost of self-confidence.
•  Dentures also help preserve your oral health by not subjecting your other teeth to stress, as is the case with traditional bridges, which require scaling down of the enamel.
•  Dentures are also the most cost-effective tooth restoration options.

Issues Related to Dentures


A number of issues can arise with your dentures, and if they persist, you should consult Dr. Shohreh Sabeti to fix them:
•  Dentures can take some getting used to, and can feel bulky and intrusive in the mouth. However, you will get accustomed to their presence in a few weeks.
•  Ill-fitting dentures can move around or even fall out of your mouth. They can also cause sores and inflammation of the gum tissue. These dentures can trap food debris between the gums and the device, making you more vulnerable to periodontal disease and fungal infection.
•  Dentures, just like your regular teeth, need to be cleaned daily. If you don’t clean them diligently, they can develop a foul odor.

If you are interested in getting dentures, call us today at (213) 314-0636 and Dr. Shohreh Sabeti will guide you on how to choose the best type of denture for you.

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