Dentures – Los Angeles, CA
Replace All of Your Missing Teeth at Once
What kind of dental prosthetic comes to mind first when it comes to replacing missing teeth? For many people, the answer is dentures; even in the modern age, they remain a popular choice for anyone who is struggling with multiple missing teeth. Dr. Sassounian and Dr. Silvera can provide dentures that fit comfortably and allow you to enjoy the benefits of a full dazzling smile again. Get in touch with us today if you’re interested in getting dentures.
Why Choose Rancho Park Dental Group for Dentures?
- Long-Lasting, Natural-Looking Materials
- Partnered with Local Implant Specialists
- State-of-the-Art Digital Impressions
Who's a Good Candidate for Dentures?
It’s important to carefully consider the available solutions when there are multiple teeth that need to be replaced. Dentures are a very popular option for rebuilding smiles, but are they really the right choice for you? To find out, you need to visit our team for an examination. Based on the state of your teeth, gums, and jawbone, we can figure out whether you’re an ideal denture candidate and recommend the next steps you should take.
Effects of Missing Teeth
For adults, the leading cause of tooth loss is gum disease, but you might also end up with gaps in your grin as a result of ignoring a cavity or getting hit in the face. Tooth loss comes with a number of consequences, such as the following:
- Your jaw may start to lose bone density, gradually growing weaker over time.
- Your face may begin to sag after a while, making you look older.
- It may be more difficult to chew your food properly, and there might be certain foods that you’re no longer able to eat at all.
- The loss of certain teeth can make it more difficult to speak clearly.
- Your self-esteem will likely suffer, and you might experience feelings of sadness or depression.
What Qualifies You for Dentures?
Most adults who have lost many or all of their teeth are able to get dentures. A strong jawbone and healthy gum tissue are required; our team can make sure that you meet these criteria during your initial consultation. Ideally, you should also have a strong commitment to good oral hygiene to ensure that your dentures last as long as possible.
Different patients will qualify for different kinds of dentures. Those who still have some healthy teeth will likely receive partial dentures. Full dentures will be used when all of the teeth have been lost. If there’s enough bone in your jaw (or if you are willing to complete a bone grafting treatment), you may be able to get dental implants to support your dentures. Remember that no matter which kind of denture you get, it will be uniquely personalized for your smile to ensure the best possible fit and function.
Alternative Tooth-Replacement Options
Sometimes we might take a look at your mouth and find that dentures are not the best choice for restoring your smile. Instead, we may suggest one of the following alternatives:
- Dental Bridges: Dental bridges can completely fill in gaps left by at least one missing tooth. The crowns at either end of the bridge keep it anchored to two of your remaining teeth (referred to as the abutment teeth).
- Dental Implants: Dental implant posts inserted in the jaw can be used to replace any number of teeth. Dental implants cost more than other tooth replacement options but have unique benefits such as mimicking the functions of natural tooth roots.
Types of Dentures
A patient who still has some healthy teeth remaining will not have the same needs as someone who has lost all of their teeth. We may suggest different types of dentures based on your situation, and we’ll be glad to take the time to explain our recommendations and what the advantages are.
Partial dentures come in a variety of shapes and sizes in order to replace teeth that are missing in specific parts of the mouth. In many cases, the gum-colored base of a partial denture is supported by metal. It’s easy to clean partial dentures thoroughly because you can easily take them out of your mouth when necessary.
Full dentures remain a cost-effective way to replace an entire row of missing teeth. Between the gum-colored base and the lifelike prosthetic teeth, you’ll have a very natural-looking new grin to show the world. Additionally, a complete set of teeth is vital for enjoying various kinds of foods.
Are you worried about dentures slipping at awkward times? You can ensure that your replacement teeth always stay in place if you have them anchored to dental implants – small screwlike posts that form a strong bond with the jawbone. Unlike traditional dentures, implant dentures can actively help prevent bone loss in your jaw.
The Benefits of Dentures
Certain daily habits can become more difficult to do if you lose some or all of your teeth, such as eating, talking, and smiling confidently. However, dentures can reliably replace your missing pearly whites and boost your overall quality of life for many years to come. Here are some of the advantages you can expect to enjoy with these custom-designed prosthetics.
People who are struggling with tooth loss can often experience several psychological downsides. Since they’re missing some or most of their smile, they’ll likely want to hide their mouth and be less willing to engage in social events. Instead of living with lower self-esteem, you can renew your appearance and the function of your smile with dentures. With these prosthetics, you’ll be able to reduce any anxieties about your looks, speech, eating ability, and more.
Speaking clearly can be more challenging if you’re missing some of your teeth. This is because your tongue and lips typically need to be placed properly against your smile to effectively pronounce sounds and words. By restoring your bite with dentures, you’ll regain the ability to enunciate more clearly. This will take some time and practice, but it’ll eventually feel more natural for you.
Those struggling with missing teeth often have to change their diet, meaning they’re more likely to miss out on numerous nutritious options. Even some fruits, vegetables, and lean protein can be too tough to chew, especially if you don’t have your full bite. Renewing your smile with dentures can help expand your choice of food, that way you can enjoy more nutritious meals to promote better oral and overall health.
Preserves Oral Health
Did you know that your remaining teeth can start to move out of place if you’re missing some of them? This is because the jawbone can begin to deteriorate from a lack of stimulation, causing your other pearly whites to weaken or shift to fill in the gap(s). With dentures, you can help preserve their positions as well as distribute the pressures of chewing more evenly throughout your bite.
Most people will primarily notice your smile when first meeting them. If you’re missing teeth, then restoring them with dentures can raise your chances of making a great impression. Not only will you feel more confident, but others will see how you carry yourself and perceive you as more outgoing and approachable. This can help expand your social and professional opportunities, as you won’t be afraid to show off your beautiful smile.
Dentures can help to completely transform the appearance and function of your smile. However, even if you don’t have any natural teeth left, this doesn’t mean that you should stop seeing your dentist. You should still be attending regular cleanings and checkups for numerous different reasons. Your dentist will continue to monitor your existing teeth and gum tissue. They will also keep an eye out for any abnormalities that could indicate that you have oral cancer. When you wear dentures, it is more difficult to notice these changes in your mouth on your own. Early detection is key to making a full recovery.
Remove After Eating
After each meal, remove and rinse off your dentures. Doing this helps to prevent buildups of food debris and plaque. When rinsing, don’t use hot water. Heat can warp the denture material and cause it not to fit properly.
Clean Your Restoration
Remove your dentures to clean them. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush and hand soap, mild dish soap, or denture cleanser, gently brush your dentures. Don’t use regular toothpaste because dentures are not made to stand up to abrasive products. If you aren’t going to wear your dentures again right away, place them in a container of water or denture-cleansing solution so they don’t dry out and lose their shape. Remember to always rinse your dentures thoroughly before putting them back in your mouth. These cleaning materials are not intended to be used in the mouth.
Keep Your Dentures Safe
When you clean your dentures, you may want to place a towel beneath you in case you accidentally drop them. This will reduce the probability of your dentures becoming damaged. Keep your dentures out of reach of small children and pets.
Remove When You Sleep
Before you go to bed, take your dentures out. Wearing dentures restricts the circulation in your gums, leading to soft-tissue irritation. Sleep with dentures has also been associated with a higher risk of pneumonia as well as higher levels of gum and tongue plaque. Keep your dentures in a denture-soaking solution overnight. If you allow your dentures to dry out, they can permanently lose their shape.
Keep an eye out for changes so you can address them with your dentist. This includes mouth sores, gum irritation, or signs of infection. If your dentures become damaged in any way, don’t attempt to repair them on your own. You could accidentally damage them further. Instead, give us a call so we can help.
If you have All-on-4 dentures, the aftercare process looks a little bit different. You should brush your dentures twice a day using a soft-bristled manual or electric toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Stay away from toothpaste containing baking soda or stain-removing agents. Remember to floss your replacement teeth once a day. Rinsing with mouthwash is another great way to keep your new smile fresh.