Dentures

Alhambra Family Dentistry

Dentist located in Alhambra, CA

Missing one or more of your teeth can affect your ability to chew efficiently and speak coherently, leaving you feeling less confident. The first-rate team of dentists at Alhambra Family Dentistry in Alhambra, California, offers a full menu of restorative dentistry services, including removable dentures, to women and men in the greater Los Angeles area. If you’re missing teeth, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Dentures Q & A

Alhambra Family Dentistry

What are dentures?

Dentures are a removable dental appliance that replaces missing teeth. They’re often the best treatment solution for men and women who’ve lost most or all their teeth from advanced gum disease, severe tooth decay, or a traumatic injury.

Fixed dentures, which can only be removed by a dentist, aren’t as common as removable dentures and must be removed at home for out for daily cleanings.

What types of dentures are available?

The three most common types of removable dentures are as follows:

Complete dentures

Also known as conventional dentures, this appliance replaces a complete set of top teeth, a complete set of bottom teeth, or both. Complete dentures can only be worn following the extraction of any remaining teeth.

Overdenture

This complete, removable appliance fits over dental implants surgically placed in your jawbone. Overdentures are more stable than conventional dentures because they won’t slip out of place.

Partial dentures

This type of denture restores a smaller group of missing teeth scattered across your upper or lower jaw. Partial dentures attach to your natural teeth to stay securely in place.

Am I a good candidate for dentures?

The technology used to make dentures is highly flexible, making them an ideal solution for a variety of problems related to missing teeth. Much like crowns, bridges, implants, and other dental restorations, dentures are custom-made to fit your mouth and incredibly durable.

Dentures are usually the best restorative option for men and women who can’t receive dental implants.

If you’re missing teeth, your dentist at Alhambra Family Dentistry explains your restoration options based on your medical history and the results of a comprehensive oral exam.

Whether you’re a good candidate for dentures, implants, or another type of restoration, they let you know what to expect from all the available treatment options, so you can make an informed choice.

How do I care for my dentures?

Daily cleanings are the best way to keep your dentures in excellent condition, so they last as long as possible.

Before cleaning your dentures, remove them from your mouth and rinse away any loose food particles. Next, use a soft-bristled brush and non-abrasive paste specifically made for dentures to remove any remaining particles or residues. Using the right type of toothbrush and toothpaste helps prevent you from inadvertently scratching the surface of your dentures.

When you’re not wearing your dentures, it’s important to keep them in a soaking solution or water, because dentures that aren’t kept moist can quickly lose their shape.

To find out if dentures are right for you, call Alhambra Family Dentistry or schedule an appointment online today.