When Should Dentures be Used?

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Dentures are commonly thought of as being only for the toothless. But both full and partial dentures are used regularly to fill out and revitalize patient smiles. Whether you’ve lost teeth to illness or neglect, or are having the remaining teeth extracted, dentures have been modernized enough to ensure you still have a full life.

Dentures rest naturally on the alveolar bone, the thick ridge that forms the teeth sockets. This is true of both the upper and lower arches.

To begin your denture process, exhaustive molds and measurements are taken. This requires a few appointments over several weeks. Your expert in dentures in Van Nuys then takes several “try-in” sessions to guarantee perfect fit. Dentures that don’t fit exactly can cause slippage, breakage, and discomfort. Even with the correct fit, they take getting used to, and the human jawbone shrinks over time as well—almost guaranteeing you’ll need follow-up fittings or “relining”.

Upper dentures can be especially tricky. The plate can touch parts of the tongue or teeth and cause gagging, especially if you have a high reflex. But the period of adjustment should be minimal.

If you’ve suffered catastrophic tooth loss or are experiencing a steady drip of tooth loss, ask our dentists in Van Nuys if dentures are right for you.

How Do Dentures Replace the Teeth?

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Currently, 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and 35 million are missing all of their teeth. Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth, and a common option for many patients. Many are unaware that partial dentures are available for those who are missing more than one tooth in a row. If your smile features some blank spaces, and your dentist in Agoura Hills has recommended dentures, you may be wondering how they work.

Dentures have a natural looking acrylic base that use suction to stick to the gums. Dentures for the top row of teeth cover the palate, or the roof of your mouth, while the ones on the bottom are shaped to fit around the tongue. Our dentist in Agoura Hills will take x-rays and impressions that will be used to create dentures that fit perfectly, so you experienced the least amount of discomfort possible. Dentures can be removed if needed, such as at night or when cleaning them.

Dentures can last years, so it is important to take care of them and keep them clean. Our expert in dentures in Agoura Hills can offer the best information and advice to those replacing their smile with full or partial dentures.

Dentures Vs. Implants

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When you have lost teeth, replacing them is important for your dental and overall health. Dentures have traditionally been the way to restore multiple teeth, but you may also be a candidate for dental implants. Understanding the two options can help you make the best decision for your needs.

Dentures

Dentures are prosthetic teeth that can be removed for cleaning. They are attached to a base that fits over the gums. When the dentures are in place, you can bite, chew and talk, and you will likely feel more confident about smiling. The dentures can last for many years, but they may need occasional adjustments as the underlying bone changes shape. They must be removed to be cleaned regularly to maintain good oral health. Also, you will need to also brush your tongue and gums to protect your dental health.

Dental Implants

Implants are artificial tooth roots that secure prosthetic teeth into position. They help keep the bone structure strong and stabilized. This is a great option because you will not have to worry about them shifting, clicking or slipping out of place. Most people find implants as comfortable as their own natural teeth. They are easy to clean and maintain with basic dental hygiene, also.

Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in dentures in Long Beach.

What are Partial Dentures?

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Partial dentures are designed to replace one or several missing teeth. They are generally recommended if you still have some or most of your own natural teeth remaining. Unlike full dentures, which rest against your gums, partial dentures are designed to attach to your natural teeth using metal clasps. Our West Hollywood dentist can determine if you are a candidate for partial dentures.

If you are a candidate for partial dentures, you may need two or more dental appointments to design and place them. At the initial appointment, your smile will be examined, and records such as dental impressions and X-rays may be taken. The shades of your teeth will be evaluated for a precise match to your new restoration. Once your partial is ready, you will return to have it checked for fit and appearance. It may need to be adjusted for a comfortable fit. Partial dentures that are bonded permanently to abutment teeth or dental implants are known as fixed dental bridges. These may be appropriate for patients who want a more permanent solution. Good dental hygiene will keep your smile healthy and your partial denture free of bacteria buildup.

Contact our expert in dentures in West Hollywood today to learn more or to schedule your next appointment.