Dentures – Fresno, CA
Dentures have been restoring smiles of all shapes and sizes for hundreds of years. Even with the numerous advancements in dentistry, many patients prefer traditional dentures over other more modern solutions. Today’s dentures are customized to fit perfectly in each patient’s unique mouth. You can count on Dr. Reintjes and the rest of our team at the Fresno family dental office of Byron L. Reintjes, DDS to ensure that you get the best fit possible. Call us today to schedule an appointment to begin the process of designing your new grin with custom full and partial dentures in Fresno, CA!
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What Are Dentures?
Arguably the most well-known method of tooth replacement, dentures have been used to restore smiles to full function for centuries. Thanks to the advancements made in modern dental technology, today’s dentures are more comfortable and lifelike than ever before. Depending on your oral health needs, you may receive:
- Full dentures: An entire arch of artificial teeth sit on a gum-colored acrylic base. This base attaches to your gums with natural suction or denture adhesive.
- Partial dentures: Partials are specially customized prosthetics to replace missing teeth in specific areas of your mouth when you still have some pearly whites remaining. They’re secured with a metal clasp that fits behind your natural teeth.
- Implant-retained dentures: A full or partial denture can be anchored onto dental implants or small titanium posts, that fuse to your jawbone and act as replacement tooth roots. These dentures are far less likely to slip, and they restore more of your chewing power than conventional dentures alone.
The Process of
Once your dentist in Fresno has determined that you’re eligible for dentures, we begin the process by performing any tooth extractions that are necessary. We then take impressions of your mouth, which we use to create a mold. This mold is sent to a local dental lab, where they’ll design your new teeth to comfortably fit your mouth. You’ll return to our dental office a few weeks later to have them fitted.
If you’re getting implant-retained dentures, the process is a little different. The dental implants need to be surgically placed into your jawbone, and then your mouth will need the next three to six months to heal. Once this process of integration is complete, the implants should be more than stable enough to support your full or partial denture.
Benefits of Dentures
Some of the numerous benefits you can enjoy by replacing your missing teeth with dentures include:
- Improving your appearance and boosting your self-esteem
- Giving your facial muscles the support they need to prevent premature drooping and wrinkling
- Being able to speak more clearly
- Restoring your ability to chew your favorite foods
- Enjoying easy cleaning and maintenance
- Having a smile that can last for decades with dental implants
Dentures in Fresno are the go-to treatment for significant tooth loss. They’ve undergone several improvements to enhance their fit, function, and aesthetics; however, you might have a few concerns before you’re ready to commit to them. Here are the answers to a few of the most frequent questions patients ask us about dentures to feel confident in the decision you’re making for your smile and quality of life.
Should I have all my teeth pulled to get dentures?
Your dentist does everything they can to save your natural teeth. Unfortunately, there are times when it’s recommended a severely compromised tooth is removed, such as from decay, infection, or trauma. If you have several teeth that are damaged, replacing them with dentures may be more cost-effective than repairing them. Your dentures dentist in Fresno will determine if you need any extractions during your initial consultation. Depending on your specific needs, all teeth needing to be extracted can be removed in a single appointment, but if your case is complex, you may need more than one visit.
How long will I have to wait to get dentures after my teeth are pulled?
If you require extractions, you’ll likely need to wait at least 6 to 8 weeks to allow your mouth to heal before getting your dentures. The waiting period varies depending on your treatment plan and the type of denture you’re using. Some dentures can be placed the same day as your extractions, so you won’t need to go without any teeth while you heal. Be aware, you’ll need to have adjustments made to them after you’ve recovered from your extractions because your bone and gums will change shape. If you choose an implant denture, you can expect to wait 4 to 6 months before getting your new teeth. Your jawbone will need adequate time to fuse to the implant posts through a process called osseointegration.
Can I sleep with my dentures?
Your dentist will recommend wearing your dentures for a full 24 hours upon receiving them. After the first day, it’s best to remove them at night. Although no one wants to be caught without their teeth, your gums need time to recover because dentures restrict circulation to the tissues. As a result, you can experience soft tissue irritation and increased ridge resorption if you don’t give your gums time to rest. Not to mention, leaving them in your mouth at night creates the perfect breeding ground for harmful bacteria that can increase your risk of pneumonia. You can also develop high levels of gum and tongue plaque if they aren’t removed.
Can I use regular toothpaste to clean my dentures?
Your dentures’ lifespan relies on how well you care for them, which includes daily brushing and rinsing, but you don’t want to use toothpaste. It is abrasiveness, which can leave small scratches on the dentures. Instead, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild hand soap or dishwashing liquid to clean your dentures after every meal.
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