Dentures

Dentures

Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth.

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures take some getting used to, and will never feel exactly the same as one’s natural teeth, today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.

If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, complete dentures can replace your missing teeth and improve your smile. Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health.

There are two main types of dentures: full and partial. Your dentist will help you choose the type of denture that’s best for you based on whether some or all of your teeth are going to be replaced and the cost involved.

Patient Education

Frequently Asked Questions

How do Dentures Work?

With full dentures, a flesh-colored acrylic base fits over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the palate (the roof of your mouth), while that of the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue.

Dentures are custom-made in a dental laboratory from impressions taken of your mouth. Your dentist will determine which of the three types of dentures described below is best for you.

Conventional Full Denture

A conventional full denture is placed in your mouth after any remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed. Healing may take several months, during which time you are without teeth.

Immediate Full Denture

An immediate full denture is inserted immediately after the remaining teeth are removed. (Your dentist takes measurements and makes models of your jaw during a prior visit.) While immediate dentures offer the benefit of never having to be without your teeth, they must be relined several months after being inserted. The reason is that the bone supporting the teeth reshapes as it heals, causing the denture to become loose.

Partial Denture

A partial denture rests on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth and serve as anchors for the denture. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges.

How Long Before I Get Used to My Dentures?

New dentures may feel awkward or uncomfortable for the first few weeks or even months. Eating and speaking with dentures might take a little practice. A bulky or loose feeling is not uncommon, while the muscles of your cheeks and tongue learn to hold your dentures in place. Excessive saliva flow, a feeling that the tongue does not have adequate room, and minor irritation or soreness are also not unusual. If you experience irritation, see your dentist.

This FAQ is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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Comfort Dental Center Dental Services

We’re here to provide a full range of dental services and help you get the care you need. We are committed to the highest standard of dentistry to ensure that you receive the best care possible. We created a friendly, relaxing, and state of the art dental practice for all families in Woodland Hills, Santa Monica, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, Valencia.

    • Restorative Dentistry

      Restorative Dentistry

      Tooth restorations are the various ways your dentist can replace missing teeth or repair missing parts of the tooth structure.

    • Hygiene

      Hygiene

      Oral hygiene is the most important part of any dental treatment plan. In order to maintain a beautiful smile, you must look after your teeth and gums.

    • Cosmetic Dentistry

      Cosmetic Dentistry

      Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance of teeth, gums and/or bite.

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