When you’re missing all or most of your teeth, you can have serious difficulty chewing and speaking. That can lower your quality of life and make you feel self-conscious when you’re with other people. Full and partial dentures can replace your missing teeth and allow you to eat and speak clearly again. Farshin Farokhian, DDS, offers full and partial dentures for patients in the Hillcrest area of San Diego, California, who need to replace several missing teeth.
That depends on how many missing teeth you have. Full dentures are meant to replace a complete set of teeth, while partial dentures replace missing teeth in one or more parts of your mouth. Dr. Farokhian will evaluate your mouth and let you know which type of dentures would suit you best.
Traditional dentures rest on your gums, which means they can slip out of place easily. Implant dentures offer a more secure fit since they’re attached to dental implants in your jaw. Dental implants are small posts that Dr. Farokhian places inside your jawbone.
Your dentures are attached to these posts and held in place firmly so that they won’t slide or slip. You can have implant dentures placed in your lower or upper jaw, although they’re usually used for the lower jaw.
Other people shouldn’t really be able to tell if you have dentures. Your dentures are made to look as much like natural teeth as possible. Keep in mind that wearing dentures can improve your appearance by eliminating any sunken areas you have from missing teeth, which helps make your face look youthful.
If you have traditional dentures, you don’t have to take them out when you’re eating. It might take some time to get used to chewing and biting with them in, and you should avoid eating anything that’s sticky or tough to bite into or chew so that you won’t damage your dentures.
You might be able to leave them in during the night, but you should be aware that dentures can press against your gums while you sleep. This can make your gums feel sore the next morning. Dr. Farokhian can let you know if you should take your dentures out at night.
You should use a gentle cleaner and a denture brush to remove food particles from your dentures. If you don’t, bacteria can build up on them and lead to gum problems. You should clean your dentures regularly to reduce this risk. Dr. Farokhian can provide you with more detailed instructions on caring for your dentures.
If you want to know more about implant dentures or other types of dentures, please contact Farshin Farokhian, DDS, to make an appointment.