Have most of your teeth fallen out due to natural or accidental causes? Is your lifestyle affected by your missing teeth? Are you embarrassed to smile because you only have gums to show? Dr. K. Pat Brown, DDS, offers complete and partial dentures to restore the beauty and functionality of your mouth.
An Overview of Dentures
A denture is a dental prosthetic of an acrylic base to support false teeth. The acrylic base has a natural gum color of pinkish peach. It is molded to fit over your own gums so that when you wear it, the base fits in your mouth comfortably. It is also designed to keep the entire prosthetic in place.
The false teeth attached to the gum base are made of different materials such as plastic, porcelain, or composite resin. Porcelain is commonly used because it is very strong and long-lasting. This is also the same material used for dental crowns and bridges.
Types of Dentures
Depending on the number of missing teeth you have, you may need a complete or a partial denture.
If you are completely edentulous (all of your teeth are missing), you will need complete dentures to replace all of your teeth. In some cases, patients with a few remaining teeth may also be recommended to get complete dentures. If the patient’s remaining teeth have a poor chance of survival because of existing gum disease or tooth decay, it would be better to extract them and get complete dentures right away instead of waiting for them to fall out on their own.
Complete dentures have a full acrylic base that is fabricated to cover the entire surface area of your gums. This gives the dentures perfect coverage, preventing them from coming loose. You can also apply a denture adhesive to keep your dentures in place.
Partial dentures are designed to replace a few missing teeth. They still have the standard structure of an acrylic gum base with porcelain false teeth, but they have metal clasps which are used to keep the prosthetic in place.
Unlike complete dentures which are designed to hug your gums, partial dentures need a metal clasp because they do not cover the entire dental arch. Only the areas with false teeth have acrylic gums. Along the areas where natural teeth are intact, the metal clasps hold the denture in place to prevent it from falling out or shifting.
There are also flexible partial dentures which don’t have any metal components. Instead, they are made of a full acrylic gum base just like complete dentures. In the areas where there are still natural teeth, the hole is left so that the existing teeth pass through.
How Much Do Dentures Cost?
The prices of dentures vary greatly depending on a number of factors, including:
- The type of denture
- The number of teeth to be replaced
- The materials used for the dentures
- The credentials and expertise of the dentist
- The location of the dental office
- The current dental condition of the patient
Other factors specific to the dental practice may also affect prices. If you have dental insurance, we can help you get some coverage for your dentures if your policy allows it. Flexible payment options are available to allow you to pay for your treatment over a certain time period. Please discuss this with us.
Are There Alternatives To Dentures?
Yes, the two alternatives for dentures are:
- Dental Bridges. Bridges are best suited for single missing teeth. The bridge is made of two crowns with a pontic between them. The pontic is not attached to the gums in any way. It is held in place by two crowns cemented onto the teeth adjacent to the empty space. Bridges are ideal if the two abutting teeth have had restorations already done to them. For two adjacent missing teeth, a cantilever bridge may be recommended. Instead of having two crowns, a cantilever bridge only has one crown and two pontics.
- Dental Implants. Implants are used for both single and multiple teeth restorations. Among all restorations, dental implants have the best functionality and longevity. However, it is also the most expensive, which is why we still offer dentures as a cost-effective solution for missing teeth.
Get Your Dentures From Dr. K. Pat Brown, DDS
Dr. K. Pat Brown, DDS, is a highly respected dentist with almost three decades of experience. He is an expert in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. He will make sure that your dentures look and feel just like natural teeth.
To get an appointment with one of our dentists, call us at (951) 695-6269 or request for an appointment online. We can also accommodate walk-in patients at our office in 27450 Ynez Rd #204, Temecula, CA.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to us regarding your dental problems. Our team will do our best to help you regain the beautiful smile that you’ve always wanted.