If you are missing one or more teeth, it can have a significant impact on both your overall oral health and self-esteem. Missing teeth can make it difficult to chew and talk and even embarrassing to smile. When spaces are left unfilled, the teeth that remain will gradually shift toward the empty space.
If you are ready to replace missing, failing, painful or unattractive teeth, there are many different options available. As a prosthodontist, a core skill is to critically evaluate the patients needs and offer multiple solutions. If you would like to learn more about which option is best for you, please contact Paul P. Binon DDS MSD online or at 916-786-6676 today. We welcome patients from Sacramento and Roseville.
On this page, you can find valuable information about dentures, including:
- Dentures restore strength, function and appearance
- Full dentures
- Partial dentures
- Implant-supported dentures
- Temporary dentures
- How to care for your dentures
- Getting accustomed to your new dentures
- When to call your prosthodontist
- Choosing the right tooth replacement for you
- How much do dentures cost?
- Schedule your dentures consultation today
Traditional false teeth pale in comparison to modern dentures. With the advanced technology and techniques offered by Dr. Binon, your artificial teeth can be fully customized to provide optimal comfort and appearance. Some dentures utilize your existing jawbone to restore a natural look and shape to your jaw. This can help to address the inevitable issue of bone loss that otherwise occurs once teeth have been lost.
New styles of dentures can restore nearly complete chewing function in addition to providing a healthy and natural look to your jaw and teeth. With more than 40 years of experience in the field of restorative dentistry, nationally recognized prosthodontist Dr. Paul Binon is able to produce a look, feel and function that are so close to natural teeth, most people won’t even know you’re wearing them.
Dr. Binon’s extensive experience as a prosthodontist ensures that your dentures will be crafted to look, fit and function exceptionally well, without the common problems of other false teeth options, such as:
- Slipping or rubbing
- Damage to surrounding teeth
- Bite misalignment
- “Dropping” upper dentures
- “Floating” lower dentures
The key to avoiding these pitfalls is a precise, custom fit. Dr. Binon’s complete understanding of the natural rest position of your jaw and the alignment of your bite will impact the decisions made when designing your final dentures. The consideration of these factors will ensure that your dentures will:
- Improve your ability to speak and chew
- Increase facial support
- Reduce or eliminate denture pain
- Eliminate pinch points that can accelerate bone loss
- Prevent a shrunken facial appearance
Full dentures are used when an entire arch of missing teeth needs to be replaced. Dr. Binon will create a custom set of full dentures to ensure an exceptional prosthesis that fits comfortably.
Partial dentures are used in cases when dentures are needed but some natural teeth are still present. Your partial dentures will be customized to ensure a proper fit and fill the empty spaces left by your missing teeth. When appropriate, dental crowns may be placed on the adjacent remaining teeth to provide support to your new dentures.
Both full and partial dentures that are supported by dental implants can be either removable or fixed. Implant supported dentures are more secure than other dentures, and allow you to enjoy a strong bite and all the foods you love.
Common advantages of implant-supported dentures include:
- Dentures will stay in place
- Dentures won’t slip when you laugh, speak or eat
- Discomfort from dentures slipping on your gums is eliminated
- You can still remove your dentures
- Dental implants promote jawbone health and strength
After having your last tooth removed, your gums may be tender and swollen; you’ll need some time to recover before you’re ready to wear your new dentures. Taking an impression for your final prosthesis at this point would result in dentures that are ill-fitting and uncomfortable. Temporary dentures are worn until your swelling has dissipated. Once you have fully healed, Dr. Binon will begin the process of preparing your dentures.
To help keep your dentures fresh, clean and effective, it’s important that you get into a simple daily routine. Because the supporting bone and tissues in your mouth need regular rest from denture wearing, it is important to remove them for at least a few hours each day. During these daily breaks, you should care for your dentures by:
- Rinsing: Using warm or cool water, rinse your dentures to remove loose food particles. Never use very hot water to clean your dentures, because it can warp them. Rinse your dentures over a sink filled with water so that if you drop your dentures, they will not break. If your dentures do fall on a hard surface, the teeth can fracture. Denture teeth are made of tough composite plastic but on high impact can fracture.
- Storing: Keep your dentures in a water-filled container to prevent them from drying out.
It is essential to clean your dentures every day. To do this:
- Brush: Use a denture brush or a medium stiff tooth brush and some hand soap.
- Soak: Soak your dentures in a denture cleaning product. We have found that “Stain Away” cleans dentures very effectively and is economical to use. Partial dentures (the metal ones with clasps) require a different kind of “Stain Away” specifically made for partial dentures that won’t damage the metal.
With a positive attitude, patience and practice, you’ll be facing the future with confidence. Before long, your smile will come as easily as ever.
When you first start wearing your dentures, you may notice that they feel large in your mouth and your lips feel as if they are being pushed forward. You may encounter a gag-like reaction to this feeling. This is a common reaction. In a short period of time, this sensation will go away and your dentures will feel more natural.
You may also notice an increased amount of saliva in your mouth. This is a perfectly normal reaction to the presence of a foreign object in your mouth. Try to swallow more frequently or suck on a mint. After a short time, your mouth will grow accustomed to your dentures, and the flow of saliva will return to normal.
Remember, Dr. Binon and our office staff are here to help you through this adjustment period. Call us for any of the following reasons:
- Sore spots: Sore spots are small sores that form in the mouth as a result of your denture irritating the soft tissue.
- Misalignment: As the denture settles on your gum tissue your bite may need to be further adjusted. If the contact of the teeth feels uneven we need to check and adjust it.
- Discomfort: At first, the denture may feel too big, especially if you have worn the same denture for a long time and have lost support of the lower third of your face and your bite is opened up. If you are a new denture wearer, they may feel way too big. If that feeling persists over several weeks then perhaps you cannot get used to it and we may need to change it.
- Adjustments and relining: Your mouth changes in size and shape naturally over time causing a less secure fit. Your denture may then need to be relined or adjusted.
- Chips or breaks: If your denture breaks, do not attempt to repair it yourself.
- Persistent issues: If the dentures have no retention even after relines and adjustments, your anatomy and the loss of denture ridge may require more aggressive solutions such as dental implants.
Dentures are an effective tooth replacement solution, but they are not the only ones. Dr. Binon offers a wide range of tooth replacement options to meet the needs of every patient, no matter their budget or lifestyle. To help determine the best option for your unique needs, Dr. Binon will first perform a thorough oral examination and discuss your individual goals in an initial consultation.
During your consultation, Dr. Binon will fully explain the important aspects of all of your tooth replacement options, such as:
By promptly addressing missing teeth, you can improve both your oral health and self-confidence. Dentures, dental implants and dental bridges are all viable options to maintain an aligned bite while preventing other teeth from shifting and tilting into the gap of a missing tooth.
The way you feel about your smile can influence several aspects of your life, including your personal and professional interactions. You deserve to feel confident in your smile.
With so many types of false teeth options available, the cost of your dentures will depend on a number of factors, such as the number of teeth you need to replace. When designing your individualized treatment plan, Dr. Binon will provide you with a general estimate of what costs you can expect. Our staff will be happy to discuss all of your payment and financing options as well.
If you’ve been searching for your best false teeth options, schedule an appointment with Paul P. Binon DDS MSD to discuss dentures. You can contact us by completing the form on this page or calling 916-786-6676. We welcome patients from Sacramento, Roseville and surrounding areas.