If you are missing some or all of your teeth, complete or partial dentures can help you gain back the look and function of your smile. You don’t have to travel far for exceptional dentures with our convenient and office in Merced, CA.
What is a denture?
Dentures include artificial teeth, typically connected to a plastic base to match the look of your teeth and gums. They will not only have you smiling more, but will also restore functionality in your mouth. Dentures also provide support to your cheeks and lips to keep them from sagging.
What are some of the different types of dentures?
There are several different kinds of dentures. While each patient is unique, it is important to note that not every type of denture will work for you. At your visit, we will discuss all your options and help pick the one best suited for you. Dentures we offer include:
Conventional Complete Dentures
Conventional complete dentures include an upper and lower denture. The upper denture takes place of your top row of teeth and the lower denture substitutes your bottom row of teeth.
The upper denture connects to your upper gums and palate and rests on the roof of your mouth. Your tongue, saliva, and cheek muscles help keep your lower denture in place.
Conventional complete dentures can’t be installed if you have any existing natural teeth. In some cases, we will remove your teeth, then place your complete dentures once your gums heal.
Implant-Supported Complete Dentures
Similar to conventional complete dentures, implant-supported complete dentures need an empty mouth, free from your natural teeth, to be placed.
Rather than relying on your tongue, saliva, and cheek muscles keep your dentures in place, implants are used to securely fasten them. If you need teeth removed, implant-supported complete dentures will be installed when your gums have had adequate time to heal.
Immediate dentures are placed immediately after your existing natural teeth are taken out. This type of denture doesn’t require your gums to heal before they can be put it. After your gums have had time to heal, it is possible that we might need to make modifications to your dentures.
Partial dentures include artificial teeth connected to a plastic base to mimic the look of your teeth and gums. Under the plastic, they typically have a framework that connects to your teeth. Unlike complete dentures, partial dentures need some existing teeth left in your mouth.
How do I take care of my dentures?
To take proper care of your dentures:
Dentures are very fragile and can break from being dropped, even just a few short inches. They need to be handled with care at all times.
When you don’t have your dentures in your mouth, they should be kept on a folded towel, in a cup of water or a sink filled with cool water. It is important to never place your dentures in hot water because it can significantly modify and cause them not to fit.
When you are not wearing your dentures, they need to be kept in water so they don’t dry out. When dentures dry out they can lose their shape, making them not to fit. Always keep your dentures out of reach of children and pets.
You should take thoughtful care of your dentures to keep them looking good and functioning well.
To clean them, simply take them out of your mouth and rinse with cool water to wash away any food particles. Denture cleaning tools include a dental brush, soft-bristled toothbrush, and dental cleanser. Once you have cleaned your dentures with either a dental brush or soft-bristled toothbrush, rinse them once more with cool water.
Dentures are fragile and can’t handle a hard bristled brush or toothpaste, which can easily scratch them. If your dentures become scratched, they may not look as good, become more prone to stains, and are more difficult to clean.
We recommend only using denture cleaners containing the American Dental Association’s seal of approval. Brushing the inside of your mouth, palate, tongue, and gums each morning with a soft brush enhances circulation to get rid of and prevent plaque from forming.
It is important to your oral and overall health to maintain a balanced diet. Try not to eat foods that can stain or harm your dentures.
Visit the Dentist
Regular checkups are essential to ensure your dentures and mouth are working well together and your dentures are functioning properly. At your visit, we will check the fit or your dentures to see if they need to be modified in any way. We will also see if you have any signs of oral disease present.
How do I know if I should get dentures?
The first step to see if dentures are right for you is making an appointment to see us. We like to give you all of your possible options and information about each one, so you can make educated choices about your oral health.
At Prosthodontics & Implant Dental Center we work with only the best denture lab professionals in Merced, Winton, Atwater, Cressey, and surrounding communities to provide you with the perfect dentures.
Take back control, improve the look of your smile, and restore the functionality of your mouth with dentures.
Call us today at (209) 383-9222 or email us at, firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment.
In need of immediate care?
We offer emergency phone consultations to our existing patients.