Fresno Dentures and Partial Dentures

Dentures and Partial Dentures Fresno, CA

No matter the reason for tooth loss in adults, we can use dentures to provide an effective and natural-looking replacement. With our dentures, you will be able to eat and speak as you usually would. We offer full and partial dentures that we will customize to your needs. Dentures and partial dentures are artificial teeth that can replace an entire row of teeth or all teeth in a mouth.

Dentures and partial dentures are available at Whitlow Dental Care in Fresno and the surrounding area. Along with helping patients chew and speak without issue, dentures can also help create the appearance of a full smile again. With our help, you can obtain a set of functioning teeth and restore your smile.

Call us today at (559) 427-1122 and schedule a time to discuss replacing your teeth with dentures or partial dentures.

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Reasons to Consider Getting Dentures

The need for tooth replacement can arise for a variety of reasons. Some people lose teeth due to a traumatic injury or an illness such as diabetes. Others develop problems with their teeth to the point where a dentist may recommend extraction. Whatever the cause, dentures offer several benefits as a tooth replacement option:

  • Ability to continue eating a regular diet
  • Confidence in your appearance
  • Clear speech
  • Oral health

Dentures and partial dentures can provide an effective solution for many problems missing teeth can cause. Leaving gaps can promote bacterial growth, which can lead to cavities in the remaining teeth, gum disease, and infections. Neighboring teeth can also become weaker from the lack of structural support on the side of the gap.

Many people also have concerns about their appearance. Even when the missing teeth are closer to the back and not immediately visible when a person smiles, they can affect facial muscle tone over time. According to an article on dental health and headaches by the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, the muscle strain from a missing tooth can cause ongoing headaches.

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Importance of Replacing Teeth

Since the teeth play a crucial role in multiple aspects of one's life, it is essential to keep up one's oral health routine. If one tooth has an infection, then there is a chance of it spreading to other teeth and the jaw. Plaque that remains on the teeth long enough can cause decay and lead to tooth loss. Fortunately, we can use dentures and partial dentures to restore a smile and boost oral health.

Along with functioning in the same way teeth do and providing the appearance of a natural smile, dentures can replace damaged teeth that cause the patient pain. While the patient can take necessary steps to prevent tooth loss, oral hygiene may not be enough once the infection reaches a more severe stage. In other cases, patients may have a gap or several gaps due to missing teeth.

Once permanent adult teeth fall out, there is no way to grow new ones. Thankfully, we can use dentures or partial dentures to replace them. Dentures will replace an entire row of teeth along the upper or lower jaw, while partial dentures can replace several teeth or half of a row of teeth.

Dentures vs. Partial Dentures

As discussed in an article by the Oral Health Foundation, there are differences between full and partial dentures. Full dentures are a good option for patients who have no remaining teeth, or whose damaged teeth are beyond repair or salvaging.

Meanwhile, a partial appliance makes sense when the person still has some natural teeth remaining. At Whitlow Dental Care, we can fit patients with either one of these mouth appliances.

Permanent Dentures

There are forms of permanent dentures as well, though these may not be as common as the removable type. Permanent dentures can be more secure and durable. With permanent dentures, we anchor this apparatus to the jaw with implants. People choose these dentures to help avoid the embarrassment of the appliance slipping out while speaking or eating.

Deciding If Dentures Are Right for You

Living without teeth can be difficult, both physically and emotionally. People who are missing teeth recognize the need to replace them but may not know which option is right. Patients should speak with our staff about dentures and partial dentures, along with other possibilities.

We can help patients who are researching the pros and cons of each tooth replacement option. If there are any concerns or questions about dentures, patients can ask our staff.

How Dentures Work

The doctor should speak openly to their patients about dentures and partial dentures. Patients need to understand the benefits and possible drawbacks of this treatment. Unlike implants and bridges, dentures are removable. This apparatus consists of a gum-colored acrylic base and artificial teeth.

The teeth usually consist of metal, covered in plastic. The patient will fit the dentures over the gums. Denture adhesive products are available to help keep the appliance firmly in place in the mouth. After a few days to adjust, the patient should not experience discomfort or irritation when wearing the dentures. If pain persists, contact your dentist.

The Process of Getting Dentures

Our dentist will first meet with the patient to discuss the treatment and what to expect. Team members will take X-rays and make impressions of the patient’s mouth. These will go to a lab technician who can customize the appliance for the patient. At this first appointment, our dentist may remove any decayed or severely damaged teeth. If necessary, this may occur at a subsequent appointment.

Once the dentures are ready, the patient will return to Whitlow Dental Care for the fitting process. This appointment will also happen after the gums have healed following any tooth extractions. In making sure the dentures fit correctly, we will also make any adjustments when necessary. Once complete, the patient will be able to bite down without issue.

Follow-Up Care

All types of medical and dental procedures have potential side effects. Fortunately, getting dentures is less risky than other tooth-replacement options. It can take some time for the wearer to adjust to having dentures in the mouth. After several days, the wearer should feel comfortable. There may also be some minor pain, soreness, and irritation in the gums. Patients should contact our office right away if these problems persist.

It is still essential for patients to visit our office for regular dental appointments, even after getting dentures. Our dentist will examine the patient’s gums and will also make sure the dentures still fit well and are functioning correctly. Once the appliance starts to wear out, we can make a new one for the patient.

Other Tooth Replacement Options

In addition to dentures and partial dentures, patients may want to consider other ways to replace missing teeth. When deciding which option to choose, there are a few factors to consider, such as cost, general dental health, and your lifestyle.

While implants are most likely to create the feeling of having a natural set of teeth, they are not always a feasible option. Cost is a top concern, especially when many or all teeth need replacement. According to WebMD, gum and bone health is important for successful implants.

Another option is an implant- or tooth-supported fixed bridge. This works similarly to the implant-supported denture but is not removable. Instead of clipping on to the teeth or implants, however, the bridge is affixed with cement or a screw. In addition to costing more than dentures, this option does not work with all configurations of missing teeth.

In the case of missing front teeth, dentists sometimes recommend a resin-bonded bridge. It is not very durable, which is why it is not used to replace other types of teeth that typically take more strain when chewing. It consists of a tooth replacement held on two wings that attach to the insides of the natural teeth on either side.

How to Care for Dentures

Dentures do require ongoing maintenance outside of the typical oral hygiene routine. Many people believe they can set dentures down by the side of the bed. However, this can lead to warping and cracking over time.

Instead, patients should soak dentures overnight. Avoid hot water, as this may also cause warping. Patients who use denture solutions should rinse thoroughly before replacing as denture solutions should not be ingested. Our team can recommend if solution is right for your regimen. Remember never to use these directly in the mouth, either.

It is also important to note that dentures require cleaning, just like regular teeth do. Whenever possible, remove dentures after eating or drinking and rinse them to get rid of food particles. Patients should also brush dentures at least once per day. Dentists recommend a soft-bristled brush as a more abrasive brush may cause damage over time.

Even if no teeth remain, continued dental hygiene is essential. Brush the teeth and gums and floss any remaining teeth. Patients may also use gauze or a soft toothbrush to clean the cheeks, roof of the mouth, and even the tongue. Finally, people who use adhesives should take care to remove this.

Common Misconceptions About Dentures

At Whitlow Dental Care, we hear a lot of myths about dentures. In some cases, people have inaccurate information about this treatment. We make sure every step of the procedure is explained in detail, and we are always willing to answer any questions our patients may have.

Myth: Dentures are only for older adults

Some people may think dentures and partial dentures are only for older patients. In actuality, many patients in their twenties and thirties wear dentures too. An independent marketing data firm called Servata found that 53% of denture wearers were at or under 44 years of age based on an online survey of 500 U.S. adults. While younger patients may be more frequent wearers of partial dentures, older patients are indeed more likely to be wearers of a complete set.

Myth: Dentures last forever

There is a misconception that once a patient has dentures, it is not necessary to schedule future appointments with the dentist. You still must go to the dentist twice a year for routine checkups. Dentures may also loosen, requiring a dentist to be readjusted. These consultations are crucial for identifying other oral issues, such as gum conditions.

Myth: Dentures feel uncomfortable

While it is true that dentures will take some time to grow accustomed to, most people feel comfortable with the appliance within a few weeks or even days. We can help resolve any concerns people have about the way the dentures fit or function.

Definition of Denture Terminology
Alveolar Bone
The alveolar bone is the bone surrounding the root of the tooth that keeps the tooth in place.
Clasp
A clasp is a device that holds a removable partial denture prosthesis to the teeth.
Denture Base
The denture base is the part of the denture that connects the artificial teeth with the soft tissue of the gums.
Edentulous
Edentulous is a term that applies to people who do not have any teeth.
Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is a condition that causes inflammation of the gingival tissues and membrane of the teeth, leading to tooth loss without professional treatment.
Pontic
Pontic is another term for an artificial tooth on a fixed partial denture.
Rebase
Rebase is the process of refitting denture prosthesis by replacing the base material.
Reline
Reline is when a professional resurfaces the surface of the prosthesis with a new base material.
Resin/Acrylic
Resin and Acrylic are resinous materials that can be components in a denture base.
Stomatitis
Stomatitis is the inflammation of the tissue that is underlying a denture that does not fit properly. It can also result from other oral health factors.

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