Dr. Fotinos is a trusted and skilled provider of full and partial dentures for men and women in Orange, CA, and throughout Orange County. At his practice, he uses state-of-the-art technology and materials to ensure each patient feels attractive and confident following the loss of one, several or all of their teeth.
Implant Supported Denture
When Are Dentures Used?
Dentures are used to replace one or more missing teeth. They are removable false teeth made of acrylic (plastic), nylon or metal. Like a bridge, a denture includes both a supportive framework and one or more artificial teeth or crowns. But unlike a bridge which attaches to the teeth on either side of the gap left by missing teeth, a denture is created to “hug” the contours of the gums and (for upper dentures) palate, and they can be held in place using special removable pastes. They can also be a good solution when many teeth are missing or when the position of the missing teeth makes it impractical or impossible to use a bridge.
How Are Dentures Made?
It all begins with making impressions, or molds, of your teeth. These impressions are sent to a dental lab that specializes in the creation of dentures and crowns. Once the mold is made, they’re carefully adjusted, so they fit snugly but comfortably. Dentures should be brought to every dental appointment so their fit can be evaluated and necessary adjustments can be made.
What Are Implant-Attached Dentures?
One of the primary complaints about artificial teeth is that they slip and slide, causing embarrassment or creating sore spots on the gums. Implant-attached dentures use metal posts implanted into the jaw bone to secure and hold them in place, so they’re more comfortable, and slippage is avoided. An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants.
How Long Will it Take Me to Get Used to My New Set of Teeth?
That depends on a lot on how many teeth are being replaced. People who receive full dentures to replace all the upper or lower teeth (or both) will require more time to adjust compared to those who receive a partial replacement. Most people can change within a couple of weeks. Practicing reading out loud and eating different foods can help “speed up” the initial adjustment period. Start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time to prevent the artificial teeth from tipping. As you become accustomed to chewing, add other foods until you return to your normal diet.