If you need dentures, you’re not alone as 20% of people aged 55 years or older have partial or full dentures. These appliances restore your appearance so that your facial muscles don’t sag, restore your smile, and make it easier for you to eat and talk. If you're interested in dentures, book an appointment with Dr. Mandi Chhina and Dr. Marc Chhina at Pinole Family Dental in Pinole, California today.
Visiting Dr. Marc and Dr. Mandy twice annually is the number one thing you can do to avoid dentures. They do everything possible before resorting to dentures, such as installing crowns or bridgework.
If you’ve already lost teeth, you’ll likely need dentures one day, especially if you’ve lost two or three teeth. Having fewer teeth means that the rest of your teeth have to work harder when it comes to chewing, which makes them deteriorate faster.
Depending on how many and which teeth you’ve lost, you can choose dentures for the sake of appearance. You'd be in good company: Some patients opt for dentures earlier than they need to just because they feel self-conscious when smiling.
If you do need dentures, several choices are available depending on your particular dental issue.
Dr. Marc and Dr. Mandi opt for full or complete dentures when all of your natural teeth are gone. Most patients get both the upper and lower sets in this case. These dentures will last for five to ten years if you care for them properly.
Partial dentures are used when you can keep most of your natural teeth but must replace one or more of them. A partial denture uses metal hardware to hold the denture to the natural teeth. Dr. Marc and Dr. Mandi usually construct the denture’s base out of pink plastic to match your gum color so that the denture looks natural.
Tooth implants, bridges, and overdentures are also available. Fixed bridges involve cementing an artificial tooth next to the natural teeth on either side. Dental implants require placing a surgical post into the bone and then attaching a prosthetic tooth to the post to mimic your natural tooth.
Dentures resemble your natural teeth, so you won’t have a drastically different appearance. However, they can improve your facial structure by restoring facial volume that you lost when you lost your teeth.