Restore the Natural Function of Your Teeth
Living with a full set of teeth is both important for your smile and your overall health. With professionally-made dentures, you can get back your smile and see a range of benefits. With dentures that look just like your natural teeth, you can take back control over your life.
What Are Dentures?
Almost everyone has heard of dentures well before they ever need them. But fewer people have a clear idea of what this teeth replacement option can do and who it is ideal for. In short, dentures are dental prosthetics that you wear over your gums. They replace teeth you have lost and restore the natural function of your teeth, like biting and chewing.
At Smiles of La Mesa, we provide two main types of dentures: complete dentures and partial dentures.
Complete dentures cover either your entire upper jaw or your lower jaw. These are the types of dentures you’ve probably scene in television shows and are what most people imagine when they think of dentures. This type is recommended for people who have already lost their entire set of teeth or are missing nearly all the teeth in the upper or lower jaw.
Partial dentures or partials are used to replace only one or a few teeth that are lost. Many patients do not realize at first that these are even an option. They are perfect for patients who need to restore several teeth but still have a good number of healthy, natural teeth remaining.
Are Dentures Right for Me?
Dentures can be an ideal solution for many patients suffering from tooth loss. However, it is important to first meet with a dental specialist to see if they are right for you. We look at factors such as the number and position of missing teeth along with gum health and jawbone mass. The quality of your remaining teeth is also important. Together, these can all determine whether dentures are your best option or a different tooth replacement procedure.
Even if dentures are not right for you, we work closely with you to find an optimal solution that will restore your smile. Other excellent options include dental implants or dental bridges.
How Do I Get Dentures?
The dentures process usually involves a couple of visits. Once we determine that you are a good candidate for dentures, we will need to take impressions and send them to the lab where your prosthetic will be custom made. In some cases, patients may need to have damaged teeth removed to make way for their replacements. Additionally, any gum infections or tooth decay will need to be taken care of first to ensure a healthy outcome.
Once you get your first set of trays, it may take time to get used to them. We may also need to make some adjustments to ensure that they fit properly. With proper care, your dentures should last for years to come.
Benefits of Modern Dentures
Thanks to all the modern advances of dental technology, dentures are now more natural-looking, more stable, and more comfortable for wearers. Dentures can be removed, allowing for easy care so you can get the most out of them. Many patients find that a single set of custom-made dentures can last them for years with proper care.
Some of the core benefits of dentures include:
- A restored, full and bright smile
- Improved ability to chew and eat
- Improved ability to speak
- Getting Used to Dentures
It is completely natural for first-time denture wearers to feel strange during the first few weeks. But patients will completely adjust and feel the difference of having a complete set of teeth. We provide you with additional tips and advice to help make the transition as smooth as possible.
We also like to see our patients every few weeks to see how the fit is. Having your dentures fit perfectly is not only important for better function, but for minimizing and impact on your gums and jawbone. Our dentures are always custom-made so that patients will feel comfortable and look their best. The dentures should fit snugly in the mouth cavity and be well supported by surrounding soft and hard tissues.
If you have any additional questions or concerns while getting used to your dentures, don’t hesitate to call your dentist in La Mesa. We are here to help you every step of the way to ensure you get the smile you want.
Schedule Your Appointment
If you are missing teeth, we are here to help you get back your smile. Call us today or make an appointment online to get started on rebuilding your smile and protecting your dental health overall. With custom dentures in La Mesa, you can get a smile that will be with you for years to come.