Take care of your Dentures to keep that new smile in Rosemead CA
Gentle Care Dentistry of San Gabriel Valley keeps patients throughout the Rosemead CA area smiling with a variety of cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry services and products, including removable partial and full dentures to replace anywhere from one to a complete set of missing teeth.
Dentures can literally create a smile in a day for many patients. However, as with any dental procedure, there is a period of adjustment. Here are the top questions asked of Dr. Brianne Luu by patients with new dentures or who are considering this life enhancing prosthetic that has more than 20 million wearers in the United States today.
What types of dentures are available at Gentle Care Dentistry?
Removable partial and full dentures are the two options for patients of Gentle Care Dentistry.
Full dentures are preferred if the patient has complete tooth loss or a significant number of missing teeth, or if they are exhibiting signs of periodontal disease. Full dentures rest on top of the gums.
Partial dentures act like a removable bridge of teeth that are formed into a metal or plastic framework and affix to the adjacent permanent teeth.
Implant supported complete dentures.
Implants are placed prior to fabrication of dentures. Once the healing around the implant is complete, then the denture fabrication is initiated. This allows for a better and more stable fit of the denture. This method is also less of a financial investment for the patient compared to full mouth implants or implant bridges.
How will my dentures fit and look?
Your dentures will be custom fitted to your mouth and, in the case of partial dentures, affix to your existing teeth. An impression of your mouth is taken and a mold is made for the framework. The restoration teeth are plastic/resin composite and are shaded to match your permanent teeth.
Today’s cosmetic advances give denture restorations a more lifelike appearance than in past eras, making them nearly indistinguishable from real teeth. When choosing a dentist to create your dentures, it is extremely important to select a doctor who has a cosmetic dentistry focus, like Dr. Luu, so they can work with you to design dentures that are a seamless fit to your mouth and match your complexion.
While the goal is for your dentures to be a snug comfortable fit to your mouth, there is potential for dentures to shift. This can be due to several issues. If you are a new denture wearer, your mouth may need to adjust to speaking and eating with them in place. This usually corrects itself in a few days to a week after placement. If you notice severe shifting, “clacking,” or any tenderness that does not heal, it is important to contact your dentist and ask to be seen in case an adjustment is required.
Can I brush my dentures with toothpaste?
Toothpaste is designed for natural teeth and it contains chemicals and fortifiers to strengthen and whiten teeth. These ingredients could possibly scratch your dentures over time, since the denture materials, while strong, are not as hard as natural tooth enamel.
Use products designated for dentures including custom denture cleansers and brushes. Soak your dentures when not in your mouth to prevent them from over-drying and warping. Dentures should be removed and cleaned nightly.
Can I use tooth whitening products while wearing a partial or full denture?
No. The shade of your dentures is determined when they are fabricated. Whitening products or bleach should never be used on dentures.
Can I chew gum with dentures?
Even though some gum brands tout themselves as non-sticking, as with orthodontics and aligners, patients should refrain from chewing gum or eating sticky hard candies. These products may damage the dentures or leave a sticky residue that can harden and discolor your dentures.
Can I make a minor adjustment to my dentures?
Self-repairs to dentures can result in serious damage to the dentures and to your dental health by causing irritation and soreness, and standard glue products can contain toxic chemicals so should never be used on the dentures. See your dentist at any point your dentures become uncomfortable or if you observe any damage.