Do you have missing teeth? Are you looking for a more balanced smile?
If you have multiple missing teeth or even whole arches of missing teeth, dentures are an excellent restorative option that improves the aesthetics of your smile as well as your oral health. Learn about the benefits of replacing missing teeth as well as denture options for patients in Orange County below:
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Replacing missing teeth with dentures provides multiple benefits to patients. Partial dentures and implant-secured dentures:
- Provide durability
- Improve biting and chewing ability
- Prevents facial sagging
- Improves speech
- Reduces the risk of gum disease
If the gaps left by multiple missing teeth are not filled, several problems may arise, including:
- Shifting Teeth
- Receding Gums
- Facial Sagging
- Tooth Decay
- Gum Disease
- Misaligned Bite
- Bone Loss
Traditional Dentures vs. Partials
It is important to note that both traditional dentures and partials serve different needs. After a consultation with our team, we can determine which solution best suits your needs.
- Partials are ideal for patients who are missing several teeth; however, a denture is more suitable for patients who are missing most of their natural teeth.
- Dentures can be removable or fixed into place. Strategically placed dental implants support fixed dentures, while a complete denture is removable and held into place by surrounding soft tissue, jaw bone, and a special adhesive.
- On average, partial dentures cost less than full dentures.
- Partial dentures are a removable type of denture. A dentist can attach the bridge to an acrylic, metal frame that has clasps that secure onto the remaining teeth.
- In many cases, fixed restorations offer a more stable and longer-lasting solution for those with missing teeth
Types of Materials For Dentures and Partials
Our team can use a wide range of materials to create removable partials. The type of material we choose will depend on your cosmetic goals, preference, and overall dental needs. The most common types of partials include the following:
- Flexible: A flexible set of partials is ideal for patients who are searching for an alternative for the traditional base. The flexible nylon material is thinner, and the clasps are designed with gum-colored wires that are placed between the spaces of the teeth. Not only is this material comfortable, but it also helps patients achieve a more natural-looking result.
- Acrylic Removable: Often referred to as the “flipper,” this type of partial is attached to the adjacent teeth by using metal clasps. In many cases, this is a temporary solution for patients awaiting their final tooth replacement restoration; however, it can be used for many years with proper care.
- Fixed Bridge: This consists of artificial teeth and dental crowns that are placed over the adjacent teeth for added support. The adjacent teeth will need to be prepared so that the crowns fit securely over them. While this can be an excellent replacement option for patients with missing teeth, it is mostly recommended for patients who are missing their front teeth; for patients who are missing their back teeth or molars, a dentist may recommend a cantilever bridge.
- Implant-Supported Bridge: Instead of relying on the adjacent teeth, an implant-supported bridge relies on dental implants for support. The implants are screwed into the jawbone and serve as a stable foundation for a dental bridge.
- Cast Metal Removable: As one of the most common types of dental bridges, a cast metal removable bridge offer much-needed strength and stability to your smile. This type of restoration is typically attached to the adjacent teeth with metallic wire clasps.
Dentures and Partials in Costa Mesa, CA
Dr. Michael Ayzin and the professional dental team at Dentistry At Its Finest in Costa Mesa, CA offers dentures to patients who want to replace multiple missing teeth. Learn more about the types of dentures Dr. Ayzin offers patients in the Orange County area:
Although grafting is an option, patients who have a healthy amount of jaw bone remaining are good candidates for implant-secured dentures. This restorative solution utilizes dentures that are attached to and supported by dental implants. Dental implants consist of titanium posts which are inserted to the jaw bone. After a healing period, the implants are covered with dental crowns, and the supporting bar that makes up the denture is secured.
Patients with multiple consecutive missing teeth can benefit from partial dentures. Often made of a metal or acrylic material, partial dentures consist of replacement teeth that are attached to a base with a metal framework. Partial dentures can make it easier for patients to bite and chew as it balances the force of their bite.
Schedule an Appointment
Do you want a fuller and healthier smile? Call Dentistry At Its Finest at 714.540.5511. You can also schedule an appointment online here. Dr. Ayzin and his professional dental team will work with you to find a restorative treatment that fits your budget, goals, and oral health needs.