It’s always essential to replace your missing teeth. When missing teeth aren’t replaced promptly, your remaining natural teeth can begin to move in your mouth, drifting into the open gaps. If your remaining teeth move, that can lead to bite misalignment and other oral health issues.
Fortunately, dentures offer patients an affordable method for replacing their missing teeth.
What Is a Denture?
A denture refers to any type of false tooth that a patient can remove from their mouth. Dentists can make dentures from various materials and in different shapes and sizes to suit the needs of their patients.
Most often, we make dentures with just plastic or with a combination of plastic and metal.
Metal Dentures vs Plastic Dentures
We can provide different types of dentures in our Mona Vale dental practice. Each design comes with its positive aspects, but not every design is suitable for every individual.
Flexible all-plastic dentures provide comfort and have no wire clasp for attaching the denture to the teeth. However, we cannot add artificial teeth to this type of denture down the line, and they often don’t have the same lifespan as hard plastic dentures.
With hard plastic dentures, we can add an additional artificial tooth at any point in time. However, the hard plastic denture must be bulkier than a metal-based denture to withstand the pressures of chewing. The bulkiness of these dentures can make them less comfortable for some patients.
Finally, metal-based dentures have strength and durability, and since they are stronger than plastic, we can make them with a thinner design. The thinner design of metal-based dentures is more comfortable for some patients. However, adding artificial teeth to metal dentures down the line is difficult and sometimes impossible.
When you visit our clinic for an evaluation with Dr Babak Moharrami, he will discuss your denture needs and recommend a choice that suits your dental needs and lifestyle.
Complete Dentures vs Partial Dentures
Full dentures replace an entire arch of missing teeth, while partial dentures replace only a few missing teeth on an arch. If you have only severely damaged remaining teeth on an arch, the dentist may recommend extracting those teeth and placing full dentures.
However, if you have healthy teeth remaining on an arch, the dentist will likely recommend partial dentures.
If you’re concerned about the stability of dentures, Dr Moharrami may suggest mini-implants in addition to your dentures. Mini-implants provide excellent security, so your dentures don’t slip or change positions while you’re talking, eating or laughing.
Patients can also enjoy oral health benefits from implants that they won’t receive with dentures alone, such as jawbone preservation.
Dentures in Mona Vale
For patients who need to replace missing teeth in Mona Vale, dentures could offer the ideal solution. We invite you to contact us to book an appointment with Dr Moharrami. He can evaluate your needs at BMB Dental Clinic and provide a recommendation for your tooth replacement.
Our friendly dental team welcomes your phone call and any questions you may have about dentures.