Losing multiple teeth or all of your teeth has serious implications for your ability to enjoy your favorite foods as well as speak and smile confidently in public. You need a replacement that you can rely on, and Dr. Glen, along with the rest of our team at our Long Beach practice, can offer precisely that with natural-looking, affordable dentures. You’ll once again have a beautiful, functional smile that lets you feel good about yourself. Contact our office today to set up a consultation.
There’s more than one kind of denture; the kind you get depends on A) how many teeth you’ve lost, and B) the state of your oral health. Your three main options are:
You may be a candidate for dentures if:
Also, if you plan to have your dentures supported by implants, then we need to confirm that there’s enough healthy bone tissue that can both join with the post and support it over the long term. Sometimes a bone graft is required to strengthen weakened areas of the jaw.
Dentures have been around for centuries, and during that time they’ve been improved so that they can provide beautiful smiles of the highest quality possible. Many of the common benefits include:
Dentures are a lifechanging tooth replacement option for people who are missing most of or all of their teeth. However, replacing your missing teeth is a huge decision, so it pays be well informed. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we are asked about dentures in Long Beach. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, give us a call. We’d be happy to explain more about the process and get you started with an initial consultation.
Repairing a damaged tooth whenever possible is always preferable to replacing it. Tooth extractions of any kind will only ever be recommended if deemed absolutely necessary, like when a tooth is too damaged to save thanks to extensive decay, severe infection, or trauma that’s broken off most of the enamel. If all of the teeth in an arch are decayed or infected with gum disease, replacing them with dentures may be a viable option, but your dentist will explore all of your options before recommending extractions for dentures.
Dentists generally recommend taking your dentures out at night when you go to bed. When you first get your dentures, you will typically be told to keep them in your mouth for 24 hours, including while you sleep. After this, you should be taking them out every evening. This is because wearing dentures restricts the circulation in your gums, leading to soft tissue irritation and potentially speeding up ridge resorption. Taking dentures out gives the gums a chance to recover and get the nutrients they need during the night.
If you need to have teeth extracted before getting dentures, you are likely to experience some discomfort after the oral surgery. Take prescribed pain medication as directed and the discomfort should improve 3 to 5 days after the procedure. When you first receive your new dentures, some minor irritation may occur while your mouth adjusts to the new appliance. The amount of time this will last varies from person to person. Give us a call if pain persists so we can take a look.
When you lose your teeth, your facial muscles will begin to sag, and that can give your face a sunken appearance. Getting dentures will provide support to the facial muscles that have collapsed, therefore improving your appearance.