Did you know that more than 41 million Americans wear dentures? If you’re missing some or all of your permanent teeth, dentures can restore your smile, as well as your ability to chew, bite, and speak confidently. At LakeFront Smiles in Stockton, California, family dentist Pushpinder Sethi, DDS, and her caring team offer several types of dentures, including full and partial options. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.
Dentures are a type of oral prosthetic used to replace some or all of your permanent teeth. They feature a metallic base plate, an acrylic set of false gums, and false teeth that mimic the color, light-reflecting properties, and overall appearance of natural tooth enamel.
Wearing dentures makes it easier to bite, chew, and speak. They can also restore your confidence, allowing you to smile and laugh. Additionally, dentures restore structure to your face. They prevent the skin around your cheeks from wrinkling and sagging.
At LakeFront Smiles, Dr. Sethi and the team offer several types of dentures, including:
If you lose all of your teeth due to an injury, infection, or illness, you might benefit from full dentures. Full dentures replace all of the teeth on your upper or lower arch. They contain a series of false teeth attached to a base plate that sits against your gums.
If you’re only missing some of your permanent teeth, you might benefit from partial dentures. Partial dentures contain a series of false teeth that attach to a metal framework. The framework relies on your remaining healthy teeth for support and snaps into place.
Implant-supported dentures snap on top of dental implants instead of using adhesives to stay in place. This allows you to speak, bite, and chew without worrying about them slipping or sliding around.
The dentures that will most benefit you depends on how many teeth you’re missing, your oral health history, and your goals for treatment. Following a thorough oral exam and a discussion of your needs, Dr. Sethi can make recommendations that align with your situation.
Your mouth contains lots of bacteria, so you should clean your dentures regularly. To extend the lifespan of your dentures, be careful when holding them. After each meal, rinse your dentures off in cool water. Avoid hot or warm water, because they can warp your dentures.
It’s also important to brush your dentures with a soft-bristle toothbrush at least once a day. When you go to bed at night, soak your dentures in an overnight cleaning solution. Additionally, you should avoid foods like hard candy or chewing gum since these items may cause your dentures to chip or crack.
Don’t let missing teeth prevent you from living your best life. To schedule a dentures appointment at LakeFront Smiles, call the office or book a consultation online today.