Full & Partial Dentures in Costa Mesa, Santa Ana and Newport Beach
Dentures restore the form and function of missing teeth by filling in and replacing gaps with artificial restorations called dental prosthetics. They come in two main forms: partial and full, and they can either be removable or fixed in place using dental implants.
are used when a patient still has healthy, natural teeth intact and only need to fill in one or several teeth. The natural, healthy teeth serve as anchors for the dental appliance.
Partials may be either fixed or removable. A removable denture (also known as a dental bridge) uses a metal framework to connect the dental appliance in place. Fixed partials require that dental crowns be placed on each tooth surrounding the gap. These serve as anchors for the bridge. Fixed partials last for several years with proper care and may prove more comfortable than removable ones, which may slip or slide in the mouth.
Full or complete dentures
replace an entire missing set of teeth. These come in two forms: conventional and immediate. Conventional dentures are placed after all remaining teeth have been removed and the gums have been given two or three months to heal. Immediate dentures are those placed without delay and are often used as a temporary solution while the patient’s permanent, customized dental restorations are being created.
The dentist will answer any questions you may have concerning your treatment. During your visit, we will conduct an examination and discuss all treatment options available to you, as well as map out a comprehensive dental plan that fits your needs and budget. Here are a few frequently asked questions and answers:
What do they feel like?
The sensation of wearing something on your gums may feel odd at first and can cause some minor soreness and discomfort initially. The discomfort should ease as your mouth adjusts to the dental appliance.
Will they affect how I talk?
Dentures may initially impact how you speak, but as you practice and adjust, your speech should improve and normalize over time. If you notice that your teeth click when speaking, contact our office.
Will people know I’m wearing fake teeth?
At New Image Dentistry & Implants, we design your dental prosthetics to look and feel just like natural teeth. We customize the fit and finish to provide you with both a functional and aesthetic solution that lasts for years. Whether speaking, chewing, or smiling, your teeth should not draw any undesired attention.
Are dentures costly?
Different types of dentures require different types of placements, materials, and maintenance, all of which impact the total cost of your treatment. Dentures are, however, a cost-effective investment for providing you with years of improved confidence, comfort, and dental function.
How do I care for dentures?
We will provide detailed instructions on how to care for your dentures. Proper care extends the life of your dentures. Adjustments may be needed to account for changes in the contours of your mouth and gums, and regular visits with us will ensure the best fit.
If you are interested in learning more about dentures or other tooth replacement alternatives, contact our office to schedule an initial consultation with us.
Implant-Supported Dentures in Costa Mesa, Santa Ana and Newport Beach
What are implant-supported dentures?
If you struggle with chewing, speaking or smiling because of missing teeth, implant-supported dentures may be the right solution for you. Dentures provide a natural-looking solution for patients missing all or most of their natural teeth. Traditional dentures, however, sometimes slip and cause discomfort. Implant-supported dentures eliminate this problem by anchoring dentures in place for a comfortable, lasting fit.
Types of implant-supported dentures:
There are two types of implant-supported dentures available: bar-retained and ball-retained. Each type of implant-supported denture has its own advantages and disadvantages. The type of implant-supported denture used often depends on what best suits your unique needs and preferences.
Bar-retained dentures use three or more dental implants as anchors. These implants are inserted into the gums; then a thin metal bar is attached. This metal bar runs the length of the gum line and clips the denture into place.
Ball-retained dentures use a ball and socket system to attach the denture to the implant. A small steel ball is placed atop the implant. Then the denture is fitted with sockets. These sockets snap in place to anchor the implant supported denture for a more comfortable fit.
Both types of implant supported dentures offer greater security and a better fit than traditional dentures. This helps to eliminate the rubbing and pain caused by traditional dentures, as well as the weight traditional dentures exert on the gums.
Advantages of implant-supported dentures over traditional dentures:
Traditional dentures often require messy adhesives to stay in place and can cause discomfort when chewing, speaking, or smiling. Because conventional dentures fail to stimulate the gum and jaw the way natural teeth do, they can actually accelerate the deterioration of bone and gum tissue. Destruction of the gum and bone tissue results in a lack of structure necessary for maintaining the support of facial features and may lead to other oral health problems.
Implant-supported dentures use surgically placed dental implants to anchor the dentures in place. Implants also help to stimulate the bone and gum tissue for a stronger, healthier foundation. This foundation keeps your implants firmly rooted and lasting longer while eliminating pain and discomfort caused by tissue destruction.
If traditional dentures cause you pain, discomfort, or embarrassment, call us to learn more about implant-supported dentures. Our office staff will be glad to assist you in scheduling an appointment.