Your smile leaves a first and lasting impression. So, when you experience tooth or jaw changes it can leave you sad to smile. At Emergency Dentist San Diego, we help people every day to find the best fitting, affordable solutions to make smiling, speaking and eating feel natural again.
We also offer denture services. Dentures are removable prosthetics that replace a missing tooth or multiple teeth to help restore your smile. Unfortunately, loss of all your natural teeth can happen due to gum disease, tooth decay, or injury. Replacing your teeth with dentures is then the best way to go, it will restore your appearance and benefit your health. Dentures make it easier to speak and eat better than you could without teeth, which people often take for granted.
Side effects of losing all your teeth include facial muscles that sag, making you look older, problems eating, problems talking, and overall discomfort. Dentures can help you improve the appearance of your face structure and profile. They are made to look like your natural teeth so that you won’t notice a lot of difference. The use of dentures may even improve your urge to smile.
Types of Dentures
There are many different dentures; during a consultation, we will look at your lifestyle, health, and preference to see which one is the best fit.
Complete or Partial Dentures
It is not always necessary to replace all your teeth with dentures. In case all your teeth are missing, complete dentures are used for replacement. They can be utilized to replace upper or lower teeth or both.
We create an oral appliance of dental resin, and sometimes, a metal framework helps to make the base. We are aware that tooth loss can be an intimidating issue, but with proper oral hygiene and a set of sparkling dentures, we help you to restore your smile.
Partial dentures are a more affordable denture option. With partial dentures, we replace one or more missing teeth. We create a gum-colored base and sometimes a small metal frame for extra support. Acrylic teeth matching the color of your natural teeth are then embedded in the bottom. These dentures are kept in place with special clips that secure on your natural teeth. Just like complete dentures and natural teeth, partial dentures need to be cleaned and removed daily. Partial dentures can last around five years when well taken care of.
Other Denture Options
Besides complete or partial dentures, there are a couple more options. Customs dentures, for example, are made of more expensive material, which results in an even more natural-looking smile. The denture gets customized to your face and smile. You’re able to see it before completion to ensure it is the look and fit that suits your needs.
Immediate dentures are a rapid solution. These dentures are usually placed on the same day that your teeth are extracted. Please be aware that we will need to conduct some research to see if you are a good candidate for this kind of dentures.
Another option is implant-supported dentures, with this type of dentures, a dental implant is used to secure and support your dentures. These dentures provide more support because of their solid foundation that allows it to stay securely in place. The dental implant will look natural and can last for many years.
Snap-in dentures are the most stable and practical choice. They are fixed in place by utilizing dental implants, also known as anchors onto your existing natural teeth. Furthermore, we also place a locator attachment embedded within the tissue side of the denture. This attachment snaps onto the implants; this means they are highly convenient and easily removable. We often use this kind of dentures for patients that don’t have any teeth but still enough bone to support an implant.
Overdentures are a kind of denture that sits on top of your gum and are held in place with a dental implant. They can be placed on both the upper or lower jaw. Overdentures are removable. Lastly, upper dentures, as the name suggests, are dentures for upper teeth. They can be placed in case you’re only missing your upper teeth.
In the first weeks after getting your dentures, they might seem a bit awkward. Don’t worry about this; you have to get accustomed to them. The dentures can feel a bit loose in the mouth because the muscles of your cheek and tongue need to learn to keep them in place. Furthermore, it is not uncommon to experience small irritations or soreness in your mouth.
You might also experience a temporary increase in saliva flow. Over time, your mouth will become used to the dentures, and these problems should go away. We recommend scheduling follow-up appointments with your dentist or us, as they are needed to check the fit and adjust your dentures. If any problems continue after a couple of weeks, specifically irritation or soreness, be sure to contact us.
Taking Care of Your Dentures
Please be aware that even with full dentures, good dental hygiene is still necessary. Be sure to brush your gums, tongue, and the roof of your mouth every morning and evening with a soft-bristled brush before insertion of your dentures. It will help the blood circulation as well as prevent plaque building on the dentures.
Just like your natural teeth, dentures should be brushed twice daily to remove food particles and plaque. It will also help to prevent staining. Please read carefully through the American Dental Association tips on how to take care of your dentures.
- Be sure to rinse off your dentures before brushing to remove any loose food.
- Use a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive cleanser to brush all the dentures’ surfaces and avoid scratching.
- Make sure to clean your mouth profoundly; this includes your cheeks, roof of the mouth, tongue, and gums. By doing this, you prevent the risk of irritations in the mouth and bad breath.
- At times, you’re not wearing your dentures, keeping them in a safe place, covered in water, to keep them from warping.
If you have any further questions about your dentures, the costs, or if they stop fitting well or get damaged, please contact us. Be sure to schedule regular checkups. We will check up on your dentures regularly to ensure they are still the right fit and in good quality.