Dentures are a great option for patients who are missing all or some of their teeth. With missing teeth, it can be hard to speak and eat properly. It can also result in facial muscles sagging. Dentures are made to resemble your natural teeth and are custom made just for you, so they can correct these issues in a conservative way while also restoring your self-esteem. Our dentist in Encino uses biocompatible dentistry materials.
There are two different types of dentures: complete dentures and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when the teeth are all missing (or when remaining teeth are removed for the dentures). There are more than one type of complete dentures:
- Conventional dentures are prepared after the remaining teeth are removed and the gums have started to heal. Many measurements are taken of the jaw in order to construct conventional dentures. The process takes about eight to 12 weeks.
- Immediate dentures are prepared before the remaining teeth are removed. They are used right away and are then adjusted and positioned many times. This is a good option for patients who do not want to go without teeth for an extended period and can be adjusted as you go.
Partial dentures can be used when one or more natural teeth remain. Partial dentures are designed to fill in spaces of the missing teeth and prevent teeth from shifting. They are attached to a natural, gum-colored base.
For some patients, our dentist in Encino maximizes the stability of dentures by first placing implants into the jawbone. When dentures are inserted, they fit right on the implant for extra security and a better fit.
How do I care for dentures?
Caring for dentures is similar to caring for your teeth. They need to be brushed daily in order to remove particles of food and to prevent plaque from forming. You should rinse them before brushing and use a soft bristle toothbrush and a non-abrasive cleaner. We recommend that you clean your entire mouth as well, including your tongue, hums, and the roof of your mouth.
Store your dentures in a safe place, submerged in water, when you are not wearing them.
Contact our minimally invasive dental office located in Encino today to find out how we can help you restore your smile.