Lifetime Dental Specializes in Dentures in Lake Forest
Missing multiple teeth is an ongoing issue and sometimes dental implants isn’t an option. Missing teeth can make a person self-conscious towards their smile when they speak and can make it harder to chew. Dentures are an option to replace missing teeth that can be removed and placed back into your mouth at your own will. Full dentures are used when all of a patient’s natural teeth are removed or missing. Partial dentures are used when only a few of a patient’s natural teeth are lost or removed.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are an option to replace missing teeth that can be taken out and placed back into your mouth. While they can take some time to get used to and won’t feel exactly the same as one’s natural teeth, with today’s modern technology, they are more comfortable and natural-looking than the past.
There are two main kinds of dentures: full and partial. One of our highly skilled dentists will help you choose which type is the best option for you.
When a patient gets all of their natural teeth removed, full dentures can be a good teeth replacement option. Full ones comprise of a full replacement for the upper and bottom teeth. There are a couple of options patients have when they decide to go with the full set, including:
- Conventional Full denture: A conventional full piece is placed in your mouth after the remaining teeth have been removed and the tissues have been healed. With this option, healing can take several months and during this time you will be without teeth.
- Immediate Full Denture: An immediate full piece is placed in your mouth immediately after the remaining teeth have been removed. The dentist will take measurements and make models before the procedure.
Partial dentures are for patients who need to replace only a few missing teeth. The partial piece rests on a metal framework, which is attached to your natural teeth. Crowns can be placed on your natural teeth to serve as anchors for them. This option also offers a removable alternative to bridges.
Your Questions Answered
Any kind of dental work is a big step and we understand that you will have several questions. It is important to us to answer your questions to ensure you are comfortable at the time of the procedure. We have compiled the most frequently asked questions regarding this dental service.
How much do dentures cost?
The cost of dentures depends on the type and if teeth need to be removed beforehand. We understand that the price is an important part of your decision-making process and we want to work with you to make affordable ones a reality for you. We offer several financing options and accept most insurance policies.
How long will it take until I get used to my dentures?
You may feel awkward or uncomfortable for the first few weeks when you get your new dentures. While the muscles of your cheeks and tongue learn how to hold them in place, you may feel like they are bulky or loose. All of these are common and you should get used to them in the first few weeks or months.
How long do they last?
Due to normal wear, you will need to get your dentures relined or remade after a period of time. As you age, your mouth may change naturally, making chewing difficult and gums irritated. We recommend to visit us regularly to ensure they are at their best.
How should I take care of my dentures?
Dentures are fragile and may break if dropped, therefore it’s important to handle them over a towel. Additionally, they can dry out. By placing them in water when you’re not using them can prolong their use. Regular brushing will remove any food or plaque left in them and will ensure they are well maintained.
The Lifetime Dental Difference
At Lifetime Dental, we put our patient’s comfort and needs first and want to help you restore your confidence with your smile. If you are missing multiple or all of your teeth, contact us today at 949-581-8109 to speak with one of our dentists about which option is right for you.