Dentures are custom-made prosthetics that come in partial or full sets to replace one, a few, or all of your teeth. With dentures, you can regain lost functionality and provide the confidence boost of having a completed set of pearly whites. Patients who had been previously missing teeth can get back to living their life to the fullest, eating, chewing, speaking, and smiling with ease. If you’re missing a few or all of your teeth, dentures may be a great option to fill in your smile and regain your oral health.
Nearly 41 million Americans rely on dentures to help them eat, speak and smile with confidence.
At your initial consultation, your doctor will perform a comprehensive exam of your mouth, including your gums and any remaining teeth you still have. They will take a series of x-rays, and will help you decide if dentures are the right solution for your missing teeth.
Once we’ve found dentures to be a suitable treatment option for you, your South Los Angeles dentist will create a personalized plan tailored to your unique needs. She will go over the treatment plan with you in detail, so you know what to expect every step of the way. We’ll then schedule your next appointments, which will include taking digital scans and any necessary extractions.
If you are getting full dentures but still have remaining teeth, those teeth will need to be extracted before moving forward. You have the option of local anesthesia or sedation to ensure the procedure is as comfortable as possible. You may receive a set of temporary dentures after the extractions to help protect your gums while they heal.
After the extractions, your doctor will provide detailed instructions to help keep you comfortable and ensure your gums heal properly. The most important thing is to get plenty of rest for at least 24 hours following the procedure.
Once your gums have healed, your dentist will then take either traditional or digital impressions of your gums to make sure your dentures sit properly and fit comfortably in your mouth once they’re ready. You and your dentist will discuss and decide upon the shade, size, and shape of teeth that you want for your new set of dentures.
Once your custom-made dentures are complete, you’ll return to the office for the fitting process. We’ll make any necessary adjustments to ensure a comfortable fit. You’ll need to plan on returning for annual checkups and adjustments, but with proper care, your dentures can last 10 or more years before needing to be replaced.
A partial denture can replace one or several missing teeth to help restore the form and function of your bite. Partial dentures are removable, and designed to blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile. Crafted from a combination of durable metal and acrylic materials, partial dentures are sturdy enough to withstand years of chewing and speaking. There are different types of partial dentures, so your dentist will help you decide which kind is best for your unique needs.
As the name suggests, full dentures are used to replace a patient’s full upper or lower arch of teeth, or both. These are removable, acrylic dental appliances that are held in place with suction, although a dental adhesive may be used to ensure a tight fit. If you have lost all or most of your natural teeth due to gum disease, tooth decay, or injury, full dentures can help you get your smile back.
About 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth.
If you’re interested in replacing one or all of your missing teeth, dentures may be an option for you. To find out if they’re a solution for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Smith. She will examine your mouth, gums, jaw, and remaining teeth to determine the state of your oral health to find out whether dentures are right for you, or if there are any alternative options for replacing your missing teeth.
Dr. Smith will begin by taking digital scans of your teeth and gums that they will then send to a trusted dental lab. They will custom-craft your new teeth from acrylic or other materials, and send them back to our practice. You’ll return to the office, where Dr. Smith will have you try them on, and make any necessary adjustments to ensure they fit properly and comfortably.
Over 36 million people in the U.S. are missing all of their teeth.