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Examples of dentures and denture related topics by Peter Mani, DDS Dentist in Riverside CA.

The truth about dentures

The truth about dentures

Want to know the truth about dentures?  A good quote I’ve always heard and believe in is “dentures are an alternative to having no teeth.”  So if you already have no teeth then obviously dentures would be a good way to get teeth back in your mouth.  But other examples would include gum disease, gross decay, missing teeth causing difficulty eating or chewing.

In reality you want to try to avoid dentures if possible, however in some cases it is not possible to avoid dentures.  Dentures can look great but it can take some time getting used to the feeling of wearing dentures.  Often the upper denture is easier to use but a bottom denture will take effort on the patient’s behalf to be able to use.  The reason is an upper denture has the surface area of the palate to help create retention/suction allowing it to stay in easier.  The bottom denture doesn’t have as much surface area due to the tongue causing it to feel like it is popping or flopping up.  The patient must practice wearing a lower denture and spend quite a bit of time coordinating the lip, tongue, cheek muscles to keep a lower denture in place.  If a patient doesn’t put the time to practice wearing their lower denture they will not learn to use a lower denture.  It is almost like an acquired skill like learning to ride a bicycle.

The most common reasons people need dentures are gum disease and/or decay of the teeth.  Below is a photo of a patient with decayed teeth which were beyond fixing.  If your teeth are loose and wobbly where you are having a difficult time eating then you are a candidate for dentures.  If your teeth have decay and cavities beyond being fixable then you are a good candidate for dentures.  In fact if you are missing most of your teeth and only have a few teeth left on each arch where you have a hard time eating you could be a good candidate for dentures as well.

Below is an example of a patient with missing and decayed teeth beyond fixing who was able to fix their smile with dentures.  Photo is of an actual patient of Peter Mani DDS and photo used with patient’s permission and consent.

The truth about dentures
Dentures by Peter Mani DDS

This is the 2nd part of a our series on all about dentures.  Here is a link to part 1.

An introduction to dentures : Our new series on full dentures

Introduction to dentures

An Introduction to dentures :

We have been busy this past year making dentures for our patients.  I want to say we’ve made hundreds, if not thousands, of dentures in my years of experience.  People have been coming from not only Riverside CA but from all over southern California to make dentures at our office.  So we’ve decided to make a series of posts all about dentures, making dentures, denture repairs, anything and everything related to dentures.  This post serves as an introduction to dentures.   In this introduction to dentures we will outline about the process, deciding if dentures are right, and much more.  In the series we will mainly be focusing on full dentures.  Partial dentures is another topic we’ll have to cover in another series.So if you have been considering or thinking about full dentures, sit back and enjoy the posts coming in the next few weeks that may help guide you in the decision making process.

 

Dentures by Peter Mani DDS part 1
Here is an example of a set of dentures made by Peter Mani DDS in our dental office in Riverside CA.  Photo of actual patient of Peter Mani DDS, used with patient’s consent and permission.

 

How do you know when it is time for new dentures?

An old upper denture.  Worn back teeth and missing front tooth.  Broken denture base.

When is it time for new dentures?  There are many factors that decide this.  Here is an example of an old denture a patient brought in to my office.  This denture has flat worn back teeth, was missing a front tooth, had a corner of the denture base cracked off, and was loose.  The denture was about 10 years old.   This denture could have been fixed, serviced and repaired by doing the following procedures:  denture reline, replace missing or broken tooth, repair denture base.  We discussed with the patient that a better option would have been to just make a new denture.  We offer a variety of dentures at affordable prices.  Sometimes the price of repairing a denture will cost more than making a new denture.  The best way to find out is to give us a call at 951-687-8700 and we will be glad to take a look at your dentures.