Losing teeth doesn’t just affect the way you look; it can alter your speech and make it difficult to eat. Mala Sheth, DDS, of Alpine Village Dental, serving Los Angeles’ South Bay region, is a highly accomplished dentist with many years of experience who provides both partial dentures and full dentures to suit your unique needs. If you have missing teeth, call Alpine Village Dental in Torrance, California, today to find out more, or book an appointment online.
Dentures are artificial teeth fixed to a plate that sits in your mouth. They are used when you’ve lost some, most, or all of your teeth. Dr. Sheth makes a mold of your gums, which goes to a specialist lab that makes custom dentures shaped to the exact contour of your mouth.
Complete dentures replace your entire mouthful of teeth. If you only have a few original teeth left, you might be better off having them pulled and replaced with a full set of dentures.
Partial dentures don’t replace all your teeth, just the ones that are missing, so you may, for example, have a plate with just three or four false teeth that slot into the gaps where the original teeth were.
Dr. Sheth also fits crowns and bridges as alternative options.
An alternative type of denture is the overdenture, which may be suitable if the roots in the teeth you have left are still healthy. As the name suggests, overdentures fit over what teeth you have remaining. Dr. Sheth shapes the teeth and puts metal caps on them to protect them, then fits the overdentures over the top.
You can also have immediate dentures that you take away with you straight after the teeth are taken out. Immediate dentures are useful because you don’t have to live without your teeth while the expert technicians create custom dentures for you.
It can take a while to get used to wearing dentures because your mouth won’t be used to having anything lining it. After Dr. Sheth fits your dentures, it’s likely to experience some swelling, but this should pass in a few days. You may find the dentures feel strange, but eating soft foods and reading out loud can help, and you soon become accustomed to them.
It takes several months for your jaw bones to adapt fully to your dentures, after which time Dr. Sheth makes adjustments to the dentures by adding a soft lining to them that acts as a cushion between the dentures and your gums.
If you follow Dr. Sheth’s advice on caring for your dentures, they should last for five years or longer, providing you with a comfortable and convenient solution to tooth loss. Call Alpine Village Dentistry today for more information or book an appointment online.