How Removable Dentures Can Restore Your Smile
Tooth loss is caused by severe tooth decay, trauma, or progressive gum disease. At Dental Express in San Diego, CA, we offer several ways to restore your smile. Dentures are one of the most effective ways to improve how your smile looks and works. They are artificial teeth and gums that are formed to the mouth to replace lost or extracted natural teeth. They can be partial or full, depending on how many teeth you need to replace. Regardless of the denture type you choose, they are custom made to fit your mouth and match the shade of your natural teeth.
What are dentures?
Dentures are made of a hard resin material, which makes them durable. However, it’s important to note that dentures are still more fragile than natural teeth, and they can chip and crack. A new set of dentures is typically needed every five years. The support that holds the teeth in place is made of a flexible polymer material that fits snugly on your natural gumline for a comfortable fit. Wearing dentures can improve how your smile looks and can make eating easier. Dentures are a great choice to replace teeth that may be causing you pain or an infection due to diseased roots. Our dental professionals in San Diego, CA recommend dentures to our patients to help them to restore their oral health.
The process of getting dentures
Several steps need to be taken to get patients ready for dentures, including:
Teeth are extracted to prepare for dentures.
Dental cleaning is conducted.
If necessary, filing down of the natural teeth occurs.
After the mouth is ready, digital X-rays are sent to a dental lab to make custom dentures.
A set of temporary dentures are worn until permanent ones are ready.
The permanent dentures are placed and adjusted, as needed, for the most secure and comfortable fit.
We recommend follow-up appointments to determine if your dentures are suiting your oral health the best.
How to clean your dentures
No matter what type of dentures you choose, they must be washed daily, just like your natural teeth. Debris can build up and damage your existing teeth and gums. To best clean your dentures, remove them from your mouth and run clean water over them to rinse away any leftover food particles. Brush the dentures with a denture cleaner or mild soap. Never use regular toothpaste as it is too abrasive for your dentures. After you clean your dentures, dry them thoroughly before returning them to your mouth. Clean any natural teeth in your mouth with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
How to make your dentures last
Remember to always take out your dentures overnight to avoid cracking or misplacing them. This also allows your gums and bones to relax from the pressure of wearing them. Always submerge your dentures in warm water to keep them from drying out completely. A denture-soaking solution can be used on dentures without metal components since the solution can tarnish the metal.
Schedule an appointment to learn how dentures can restore your oral health
Our dentists at Dental Express in San Diego, CA, can provide their professional opinions on if dentures will best suit your oral health. After a thorough dental exam, we can help you determine which tooth replacement option is best for you. When you’re having trouble chewing or speaking and want to restore the function of your smile, dentures are a great solution. Call our San Diego, CA dental office today to schedule a consultation.