Dentures – Los Alamitos, CA
Replace Your Teeth Without Breaking the Bank
Tooth loss can happen for a wide variety of different reasons, and it affects approximately 178 million Americans throughout the United States. The good news is that you don’t need to be sporting gaps in your smile for the rest of your life. If you’re missing a few, several, most of, or all of your teeth, dentures in Los Alamitos may be the solution. Dr. William C. Poe provides high-quality dentures for those who are looking to restore their smiles. If you’d like to replace your teeth without breaking the bank, just give us a call! We’d be happy to give you more information and schedule you for a consultation.
Who is a Good Candidate for Dentures?
Dentures are an excellent option for people who a missing anywhere from a few to all of their teeth. No one wants to have to worry about feeling embarrassed while speaking, eating, or smiling. Depending on the location of your missing teeth and how many there are, we can create a personalized plan just for you to help you achieve a natural-looking smile that’s comfortable, functional, and natural-looking. If you have any existing dental issues, like tooth decay or periodontal disease, they will need to be treated and eliminated ahead of time. This way, your new smile will be healthy too!
Types of Dentures
There are a few different types of dentures out there to cater to patients’ various needs when it comes to tooth replacement. During your initial consultation with Dr. Poe, it will be discussed which option is the best one for your smile. Here are the different types that are available:
Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth are still in place. Partials, which fit around your remaining teeth, are connected by a metal frame, and are held in place by clasps that fasten to your natural teeth. This type of denture can be removed easily for cleaning each day in order to keep it in the best possible shape.
Just like partial dentures, full dentures are also made using a gum-colored base, but they replace an entire arch of missing teeth. The base is molded to fit against the gum line, creating natural suction that hold the denture in position. Full dentures are easily removable for both sleeping and thorough cleaning.
For a more stable, long-lasting denture, dental implant dentures may be the answer. After placing a series of dental implants throughout the jawbone and attaching a customized restoration, you can expect 70% of your natural chewing function to be restored. The denture is designed to last for decades with proper maintenance and care, so you don’t need to worry about having any alterations made to your dentures or having them replaced over time. In order to qualify for implant dentures, it is crucial that you have a sufficient jawbone to support them. It will be discussed whether or not you make a good candidate during your consultation.
The Benefits of Dentures
There are all sorts of benefits of opting for dentures as a tooth replacement option. They can help to prevent oral health issues in the future that are caused by tooth loss. They can also allow you to maintain proper function and a more natural facial shape. Dentures are also generally the most affordable option out there for replacing teeth, and some health complications can make other forms of replacement impossible.
Living without a complete smile can affect your appearance, oral health, and confidence. But don’t worry! Our team is dedicated to helping you discover the best way to replace your missing teeth. That is why we have collected the most common questions regarding partial and full dentures and answered them below. If you do not see your specific concern addressed here, please do not hesitate to schedule a consultation with Dr. William Poe, an experienced denture dentist in Los Alamitos.
Can I Sleep with My Dentures?
Generally speaking, it is better to take your dentures out at night when you go to bed. Wearing dentures restricts the circulation in your gums, which can lead to soft tissue irritation and potentially speed up ridge resorption. By taking dentures out while you sleep, you’re giving your gums a chance to recover. In addition, bacteria thrive in dark, moist spaces like the underside of dentures. For this reason, sleeping with dentures has been found to be associated with a higher risk of pneumonia. Poor oral hygiene and higher levels of gum and tongue plaque are associated with wearing dentures for too long.
What Is the Average Age for Dentures?
Tooth loss is not inevitable, but those who do lose teeth tend to be older. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, only 33% of adults aged 20 to 39 are missing at least one tooth. In comparison, over 65% of adults between the ages of 40 and 64 are missing one or more teeth. So, you are more likely to need partial dentures or full dentures over the age of 40. However, although the need for false teeth generally increases as you age, people of all ages can potentially be candidates for dentures in Los Alamitos.
What Can’t You Eat with Dentures?
While full and partial dentures help restore some chewing power, you will likely have to avoid some of your preferred foods. For example, sticky foods like peanut butter and gummy candies can pull your dentures out of place. Not only does this make them difficult to chew, but it allows food particles to become trapped under the dentures, irritating the gums. In addition, next time you go to the movie theaters you should avoid the popcorn. Small pieces like popcorn kernels, shelled nuts, and sesame seeds can get stuck in and around your dentures and could even damage them. Finally, tough meats like steak and pork chops require an excessive amount of chewing, and that can put a lot of stress on both your dentures and your gums.
Will Dentures Change the Shape of My Face?
Restoring your teeth are not the only way dentures in Los Alamitos can boost your looks. When teeth go missing, the facial muscles begin to sag, which can give your face a sunken appearance. Dentures provide support to these collapsed facial muscles. It’s important to make sure your new dentures fit perfectly in your mouth. Otherwise, they may not give your facial muscles the proper support. If you find that your new replacement teeth don’t fit properly, you should have them refitted or replaced as soon as possible.