Losing most or all of your teeth can affect your self-esteem, your eating habits, and more. At Vasona Family Dentistry in Los Gatos, California, expert dentist Neda Zadeh, DDS, and her team create custom partial or complete dentures to replace your teeth and restore your confidence. For answers to all of your questions about dentures and denture care, call Vasona Family Dentistry or book an appointment online today.
Dentures are custom sets of artificial replacement teeth for many teeth in a row or for your entire upper or lower arch. They also include artificial gums that help them look more natural when you smile. Certain oral health conditions, traumatic injuries, and general aging can all contribute to tooth loss. If you lose many teeth at once or in a short period of time, dentures are a quick way to replace all of them. Your options for dentures at Vasona Family Dentistry include:
You should consider getting complete dentures if you have no remaining healthy teeth in an arch. If you’re down to one or two or have some remaining teeth that aren’t healthy, the team at Vasona Family Dentistry might extract them to make way for a complete denture.
Partial dentures allow you to keep any healthy teeth that you still have. They typically include a metal framework to latch onto your remaining teeth for support.
Dentures allow you to enjoy a full, beautiful smile without getting surgery. They also let you avoid the difficulties that come with living without teeth entirely, like speaking troubles and a diet limited to soft foods. Furthermore, losing many or all of your teeth affects your face shape and structure. By maintaining your facial shape, dentures can help you look younger and more vibrant.
If you’re concerned about the stability of dentures, you may have the option to get implant-supported dentures. Implant-supported dentures rely on dental implants to anchor them in place. Just four dental implants, placed in your jawbone with surgery, can support an entire row of dentures. The team at Vasona Family Dentistry can tell you whether or not you’re a good candidate for dental implants.
Caring for dentures is a bit different than caring for fixed restorations, like crowns and bridges. You should continue brushing and flossing between any remaining teeth, but you can clean your denture set thoroughly by removing it. To extend your dentures’ lifespan, the Vasona Family Dentistry recommends:
On average, a set of dentures lasts for 5-8 years. If you see visible damage on your dentures or notice that they don’t fit perfectly anymore, you should book a visit to Vasona Family Dentistry for an adjustment or replacement.
If you’d like to learn more about dentures for yourself or a loved one, call Vasona Family Dentistry or book an appointment online today.