Losing your teeth can be traumatic and life-altering, but at Laser Dental Bakersfield, we can help you restore your beautiful smile with complete or partial dentures. These tooth replacement options help you look and feel better when you are missing teeth.
What are Partial Dentures?
Partial dentures replace a few missing teeth. The teeth sit on a plastic base that mimics the look of your gum tissue. Partial dentures allow you to keep any remaining natural teeth in your mouth, which is always our goal. The dentures help restore function, making it easier to talk, smile and chew again.
Partial dentures also serve as 'placeholders' for your other teeth. With gaps in your mouth, your other teeth may naturally shift to take over the space. Putting dentures in place of the gap can help keep your natural teeth where they belong, allowing you to keep your natural teeth as long as possible.
What are Complete Dentures?
If you have lost all of your teeth, complete dentures can help give you the function of your mouth again. Without teeth, it can be embarrassing to see others, talk, smile, and eat. After the extraction of your last teeth, we give your gum tissue time to heal before we fit you with complete dentures. We can usually fit you for complete dentures within 8 to 12 weeks.
Making the Dentures
Our lab makes your dentures so that they fit perfectly and in the case of partial dentures, match your other teeth well. We want your dentures to look and feel as natural as possible.
We start by making impressions of your jaw and taking measurements of it. We then make 'mock dentures' to check the fit and comfort before the final dentures are made. Our dentists ensure a proper fit as well as your comfort with the dentures because we want you to be comfortable using them.
Once you approve of the final fit, our lab will make the dentures specifically for you. After fitting you with the dentures, our dentists can then make adjustments as necessary. It may take a few appointments to get everything just right.
Using the Dentures
Our dentures look and feel natural, but they may still take a little while to get used to wearing them. You may feel as if they are loose or as if your tongue gets in the way of them for the first few weeks. However, with time, patience, and the support of our staff, you will get used to the dentures and be able to talk, smile, and eat with ease.
You may have to start off eating soft foods when you receive your new dentures, just to get your mouth used to eating with artificial teeth. Eventually, as you work your way into harder foods, enjoying all of your old favorites, you will figure out what foods work and do not work with your dentures. The only foods we recommend that you avoid are excessively sticky or hard foods, but that is the case with any type of dental restoration.
If you would like to learn more about how dentures can help your missing teeth, call Laser Dental Bakersfield at (661) 241-9144 today!