Dentures are a reliable, time-tested way to replace some or all of your teeth. At Infinity Dental Group, led by Leo Fierro, DDS, and Rodolfo Hernández-Morales, DDS, in San Jose, California, you can restore your smile with modern, comfortable dentures. The practice offers a variety of denture options. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Infinity Dental Group over the phone or via the online booking tool today.
Dentures are sets of removable artificial teeth that Infinity Dental Group makes to replace several or all of your teeth. One of the oldest and most enduring methods of dental restoration, dentures can replace teeth that you’ve lost for countless reasons, such as:
Dentures come in two main forms: partial dentures and full dentures.
Partial dentures are perfect for individuals who need to replace just some, not all, of their teeth.
Partial dentures are available as traditional dentures or overdentures. Traditional partial dentures attach to your natural teeth with the help of either small clasps or a thin framework.
In contrast, overdentures either fit over your natural teeth or attach to dental implants.
Full dentures, or complete dentures, replace complete arches of missing teeth. You can use them to restore your upper dental arch, lower dental arch, or both.
Typically, you hold full dentures in place with either a denture adhesive or suction.
It takes a few weeks to adjust to dentures, but once you get used to them, dentures don’t hurt. Immediately after getting your dentures, you can expect your mouth, face, and jaw muscles to feel sore or uncomfortable.
During the ensuing adjustment period, you may also produce extra saliva and feel like your dentures are bulky or loose.
After a few weeks, your mouth adapts, and your dentures begin to feel natural. In fact, eventually, you start to feel strange without them.
Dentures aren’t natural teeth, but to keep them useful, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing, you must take care of them just as well as you would natural teeth.
Denture care involves a few simple steps, including:
First, remove and brush your dentures with a regular toothbrush nightly. As it does for natural teeth, brushing removes bacteria, prevents plaque buildup, and prevents staining.
Every morning before you put your dentures back in, brush your palate, gums, and tongue with a soft toothbrush. That discourages bacteria and stimulates healthy gum circulation.
Next, when you’re not wearing them, keep your dentures moist. That is key to preventing damage.
To keep your dentures moist, soak them when you take them out. You may do so in a denture-cleaning solution or in plain water. If you choose plain water, make sure that the water is cool or lukewarm because hot water can warp them.
Finally, keep your dentures in optimal condition for as long as possible by scheduling regular maintenance visits with Infinity Dental Group.
Are you experiencing partial or total tooth loss? If so, the tried and true denture method may be right for you. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Infinity Dental Group online or over the phone today.