Full & Partial Dentures – FAQs



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Q1. Which Type Are Most Comfortable?

Dentures are worn every single day. It is a less invasive procedure, unlike dental implants. It is a functional solution for those with problems, but that shouldn’t mean that it isn’t comfortable. You have the option to decide which is the most comfortable solution for you. This, however, depends on the condition of your teeth and your financial capacity. We have various scenarios to help you decide what solution is best for your needs.

  • When replacing a tooth or more, a dental bridge is the best solution as the bridge will close the gap between the them. But when you decide to go with a denture, a flexible or a snap on denture is highly recommended. The flexible denture hugs the contours of the gum which aids in not developing gum bruises and can last longer. There are things to consider when making the right choice.
  • Molars. Molars, particularly at the lower back portion take most of the chewing load. For this instance, flexible dentures won’t work; thus a bridge is a viable option.
  • Upper front or lower bottom of the teeth. In these sections, they do not too much of the load unlike at the molars. This part focuses primarily on the aesthetics; therefore, it should match the natural ones and should look good when you smile. Comfort should be a priority as well.
  • One to two back molar. Replacing a wisdom tooth is optional, it is possible to not replace them at all. It will not affect your chewing capability and even your smile. If you have two or more back molars affected, an implant-supported prosthetic is recommended. Partial fixture may also work and is a more comfortable option.
  • Replacing numbers of teeth. In such a case, it is recommended to have a flexible partial or implant supported solutions.
  • Full replacement. If most of the teeth need to be replaced, a full denture is recommended,  read more hereThe full denture can be flexible or implant supported. Do take note that implant-supported dentures will cost more than the flexible ones.

Q2. Which Type of Partials Are The Best

A partial denture is recommended for patients that have one or two teeth that need to be replaced. Check out our page. However, when a molar is to be replaced, a dental implant is highly recommended as the molar takes all the chewing load. They help avoid bone loss and maintain the natural feeling of chewing the food. Dental implants don’t have any diet restrictions. A flexible or partial implant may replace other areas in the teeth. Remember that implants need a healthy jawbone in the area that it needs an implant. This is due to the fact that the implants are supported by the jaw bone. It has the same functionality as the normal root of the teeth. Implants would take up to three months to reach their full potential.


Q3. Why Are They Kept in Water

Conventionals are made of acrylic. This type of material needs to be soaked in water solution when not worn. If not, the denture will dry out and warp. Warped ones will no longer fit to your teeth. When in your mouth, the denture is moistened by your saliva, so when it is removed, it must be kept wet as well to prevent warping.


Q4. How Are They Supposed to Fit

Partial dentures have support in the nearby position of the teeth and it attaches using a metal snap or clasp. Flexible partials have fine and invisible tentacles in place of the snaps or clasps, A full set of denture relies on suction between the gum and the inner surface of the denture. A palate can also be used to suction the surface of the upper part of the teeth. If the denture no longer fits, an adhesive can be used to temporary stick to the gums in preparation for the new set.


Q5. Does it help an Overbite?

When you have an underbite, crossbite or overbite an artificial tooth can be made to correct the fault in the teeth if it needs a minor adjustment. However, a perfectly-fitting piece or at the time of the manufacturing of the denture can develop a minor fault in the alignment of your bite. This normally happens and the solution is not that complicated. Your dentist will recommend a solution based on the diagnosis.


It usually happens when a person is involved in an accident or has encountered a disease that a tooth or more could fall out. If the tooth needs to be extracted, it is recommended to replace it immediately to restore your teeth’s natural functionality and have a perfect smile. When one or two teeth need to be replaced, it is normally replaced with a bridge.


Q7. Why Do they Hurt

In the first few days, pain on the teeth is normal as the they have been extracted and the gum is still sore. The pain will go away as the gums heal. The new set will cause uneasiness as it will take some time before your body can adapt to wearing a denture.  It will also hurt when there isn’t enough saliva to moisten the denture or when it doesn’t fit right. If the dentures are cracked or damaged, it will also hurt as well as when the dental prosthetic is warped. When the jaw bone shrinks, the denture won’t fit as it would normally. In any of these cases, it is best that you consult your dentist for the best solution for your case. In most cases, it will just take a simple relining to correct the issue.


Q8. Partial Set Materials

Conventionals are made of acrylic with colors that match the colors of your gums and teeth. They are secured using metallic clasps that usually protrudes from the teeth. A gum colored clasp is possible to hide it. Acrylic is a rigid material but dries up when not soaked in water. This type of prosthetic teeth will need relining from time to time. Other materials may be possible like nylon which is flexible and has the closest feel in terms of the gum appearance and its texture. Nylon also has a better grip compared to acrylic. The clasps of nylon dentures use fine tentacles. This helps grip the teeth efficiently and make it completely invisible.


Partial Dentures Costa Mesa Orange CountyQ9. How Are they Made and Fitted

Fitting a denture is easy. Here’s how it’s done.

  • Examination. First, your dentist perform exams. Then your dentist will need an x-ray of your teeth to make sure that there are no dental problems that will prevent you from having this procedure. Your dentist will also check if your bite is correct.
  • The color and size of your artificial teeth are then chosen to match to color and size of your natural ones.
  • The impression of your teeth is then recorded and sent to the dental laboratory. A digital impression may also be taken using an intraoral camera and processed via a software.
  • You’ll need to use a temporary denture and be checked for proper fitting, the bite structure of your mouth and if you have a perfect smile. Minor adjustments will be applied when necessary.
  • When your denture is complete the dental laboratory will send it to your dentist. The dentist will make sure it fits on your next appointment. Minor adjustments are made to make the them fit.


Q10. What Can I Eat?

Getting a denture will help restore the natural function of your smile. However, they are not a natural part of your body, so do not expect it to work like your natural ones. This is the reason you need to watch your diet to avoid damaging the dentures. Below are the foods you should be careful eating and what foods you need to avoid.

Be careful when eating the following:

  • Acidic foods like citrus juices and certain fruits.
  • Foods that contain a lot of sugar.
  • Food that tends to have dehydrating properties as it will be bad for your acrylic dentures. Examples are tea, coffee, and alcohol.

Foods to avoid:

  • Seeds and nuts as it is a hard material that can damage the teeth. Avoid fruits with hard seeds like guava.
  • Hard to chew foods like popcorn, steaks cooked undone, dry fruits.
  • All types of hard candies.


Q11. When You Should Realigned

They should be realigned once a year. This is due to the fact that your jawbone will shrink (resorbs) via the natural process that triggers in the absence of your teeth in its sockets (dental implants will be able to prevent this scenario). When the gum shrinks, the acrylic base will become loose therefore it will not properly fit the teeth anymore. If your dentures no longer fit, you need to consult your dentist as soon as possible.


(H3) Q12. Dentures For Seniors

When a person turns sixty it is normal for a person to wear a partial or full denture. This is due to the fact that as we age, our oral health ages with us. Our body’s natural resistance to diseases decreases as well. Many elderly suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and they will not be able to take care of their teeth. A quarter of the senior population suffers from gum disease that will result in losing most of their teeth. In such a case, a full set of denture is recommended. Since the jawbone is weak and there will be deficient jawbones due to osteoporosis, a dental bridge may not work. A conventional or flexible denture is the right solution.


(H3) Q13. How to Care for your new Artificial Teeth?

With your new set, you need proper care to prolong its life. The following are the proper care procedures:

When you eat, you expose the dentures to the food particles that could damage them. It is best to remove and rinse them  and your mouth after eating.

  • The dental fixtures are made of acrylic; therefore they are brittle. If you drop it, it could crack or break. When this happens, your dentures cannot be repaired and it will be very uncomfortable to use should you intend on using a damaged or cracked saddle. Handle them carefully and protect it when you are not wearing them.
  • Clean your mouth immediately after removing. Anything that is left in your gums will stay there and would probably cause infections.
  • Keep your teeth clean and brush at least twice a day.
  • Keep them in a soaking solution and clean it when removing the dentures at night. If you fail to do this, it will cause it to dry up; causing it not to fit properly.
  • Remember to rinse your mouth first before you put the dentures back into your mouth particularly if they have been soaking in the solution overnight.


Q14. Are They Covered by Insurance?

Yes. They covered by your insurance plans. However, the coverage and to what extent you will be covered depends on the specifics of your insurance plan. It is highly recommended that before you have an artificial tooth or have a major treatment that you consult your insurance provider first. The situation varies from case to case; therefore you need to check if the insurance can cover the full price or its coverage limits.


Our Costa Mesa, Orange County Office

Learn more about our Denture care center or visit our dental office in Costa Mesa. We’ll do our best to help you find the best solution for your needs. We have dental care specialists that will make sure that we answer all your questions and that you are comfortable with your decision. We are near Irvine in Orange County, CA.