Dentures are a type of removable appliance that is used to replace missing teeth. Losing teeth can compromise your smile, interfere with your ability to talk, and affect your diet. Using dentures can make it easier for you to eat, smile, and speak. If you are in the Los Angeles area and have lost some or all of your teeth, you might be a candidate for dentures. Dr. Afar, Dr. Ghasri, and the rest of our team can help you decide if dentures are right for you.
Tooth loss can lead to a prematurely aged appearance as your facial muscles sag and droop. Full dentures help keep your muscles stimulated and can keep you looking youthful. They can even help improve your smile, especially if your teeth were worn, misaligned, damaged, or stained.
There are two basic types of full dentures: conventional and immediate dentures. Conventional dentures are made and placed only after your teeth have been extracted and the tissues have healed. Immediate dentures, as their name suggests, can be placed as soon as the teeth have been extracted, but they might need to be adjusted as the soft tissues heal.
If you are only missing some of your teeth, you might be a candidate for partial dentures. Partials are made to attach to remaining teeth. They typically have clasps or attachments that can be clipped to those teeth, but just like conventional dentures, they can be taken in and out of your mouth as needed while filling the gap, distributing bite forces evenly, and keeping your smile attractive.
Once you have gotten your dentures, it can take a few days to become accustomed to them. Your saliva flow might increase a bit, and you could develop some minor irritation. Follow-up appointments are important. These give us a chance to adjust the fit if necessary.
Whether you wear full or partial dentures, good dental hygiene is still important. Brush your gums, tongue, and other oral tissues every day to remove plaque and stimulate circulation. Rinse your dentures, and brush them using a soft brush and non-abrasive cleanser to remove any plaque and debris. Keep your dentures moist when you are not wearing them to prevent warping.
Call us today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists in Los Angeles at one of our multi-location dental office.