Dentures Simi Valley, CA
Dentures are prosthetic devices developed to help patients with missing teeth chew food, improve speaking skills, and improve overall appearance. The absence of teeth can make the mouth appear sunken or recessed. By restoring the physical presence of teeth, this malformation is corrected, the patient’s mouth is supported, and the appearance is improved by aesthetic standards. If you are missing teeth and would like to enhance your quality of life and improve the aesthetics of your smile, contact us today to schedule a consultation for dentures in Simi Valley, CA.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are custom crafted to provide a precise, comfortable fit and to enhance overall facial features. The color of the teeth is carefully selected, and the natural differences in tooth shape and size are carefully chosen based on each individual’s age, gender, and unique facial qualities. In addition, dentures are made to replicate the gum tissue naturally while providing the proper structure and support for the lips, cheeks, and face.
Types Of Dentures
There are three types of dentures: complete, fixed partial, and removable partial dentures.
Complete or full dentures are only required for people who have lost all or most of the teeth on either of the two arches of the mouth.
Fixed Partial Dentures
Most patients missing only a few teeth opt for fixed partial dentures, also known as “crown and bridge.” These must be precisely installed, especially when in between healthy teeth.
Removable Partial Dentures
Removable partial dentures are different from fixed partial dentures in that they are normally only used by people who have lost too many teeth for fixed dentures, but too few for full dentures.
What is the Process of Getting Dentures?
The process of replacing missing teeth must be meticulous. We are precise and careful with each step in the transition so you can receive new teeth that feel as natural as possible. Your denture process may take four to five appointments. The process has various stages, including extracting some teeth–if needed–due to poor condition, taking impressions to create a model of the teeth and mouth, and registering your bite. This is referred to as bite registration, and it will measure how you bite to make sure dentures feel natural and comfortable. You may go through a try-in period during which you wear a wax model of your new teeth. This enables you to note specific aspects of your proposed dentures that may need to be refined during the fabrication of your final denture.
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What to Expect After Getting Dentures?
If you’re getting dentures for the first time, you can expect your new teeth to feel odd. Usually, dentures feel “too big” in the mouth. This is because you’ve got new teeth and an area of artificial gums that sits over your natural gums and jawbone. It’s a pretty big change from what you’ve been used to, but the benefits greatly outweigh the adjustment.
Initially, your new dentures may cause you to salivate more. This is simply because your mouth is getting used to something very different. As you’re getting used to your dentures, you may benefit from cutting food into small pieces for chewing and avoiding extremely hard, hot, or spicy foods. Usually, it doesn’t take long for the tongue and muscles of the mouth to get used to the change in oral structure.
Who Is a Candidate for Dentures?
If you’re missing teeth or have teeth that feel loose or badly damaged, you may be a very good candidate for dentures. Keep in mind that dentures aren’t used only for full-mouth restoration. We can create a partial denture for you to restore optimal function and aesthetics, too. Our dentists may also customize your treatment so that your new dentures can be stabilized with dental implants. There are several ways in which dentures are made and personalized today. These small details can make a big difference in how you feel with your new teeth. If you’re wondering about dentures, give us a call and schedule a consultation with Dr. Bankhardt or Dr. Patterson.
How to Care for Your Dentures
It is important to take excellent care of your dentures. These false teeth can harbor bacteria, become stained, and even break. Also, if your dentures take on bacteria due to poor cleaning, you may develop bad breath or experience gum irritation. To keep your dentures clean, it’s necessary to rinse them and soak them at the very least. We also suggest rinsing your dentures and mouth after you eat.
When you go to sleep, you may place your dentures in a cleaning solution after gently brushing them with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Your dentures should not be left out to dry; this can lead to your dentures warping. That’s why, when you remove them, you should place them in a denture solution or water until you’re ready to insert them again.
If you have questions about denture care, we’re here to assist you. Just give us a call or schedule a visit to discuss your concerns.
Do Dentures Affect Speech?
Some people sound different after they receive new dentures. Your whole oral structure changes when you replace natural teeth with dentures. To manage this change, it’s helpful to speak often or even read aloud for a few minutes every day. This practice helps your tongue and facial muscles acclimate more readily to your new anatomy. If, even with practice, you feel that your speech is different, schedule a visit with our dentist. Minor adjustments may be all that you need to return to normal!
Schedule a Consultation for Dentures Today
Drs. Robert Bankhardt and Casey Patterson proudly serve patients in Simi Valley and the surrounding areas, including Chatsworth, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, and Northridge. If you’re interested in dentures in Simi Valley, CA, call (805) 584-1194 or fill out a contact form to schedule an appointment!