Losing your teeth with age or injury doesn’t automatically mean your days of showing off a great smile are over. If you want to keep a mouth full of teeth without the complications of dental implant surgery or crowns, dentures are a more affordable option that Mark Simon, DDS, offers at his South Bay office in Torrance, California. Dr. Simon can get you fitted with dentures in a timely manner if you’ve lost teeth. To explore dentures as an option for tooth replacement, call Dr. Simon’s office or schedule an appointment online today.
Dentures are artificial replacement teeth that fill the empty spaces in your mouth left by missing teeth. When you lose teeth, your remaining teeth near the open space can drift into new positions and your gums are more vulnerable to damage. Eventually, you may lose more teeth.
An advantage of dentures is they can be easily removed for cleaning and comfortable sleeping. You’ll need to keep your mouth clean by brushing your tongue and gums, but the entire appliance can be easily cleaned outside of your mouth. They are made to fit comfortably in your mouth, but you’ll become more accustomed to them the longer you wear them.
There are two main types of dentures, complete and partial:
Complete dentures take the place of all of your teeth, so you’ll have your remaining teeth removed before you start wearing them. You can get conventional or immediate complete dentures. Immediate dentures are made in advance so you can start wearing them right after your teeth are removed, while conventional dentures are made after your teeth are removed and are ready in eight to 12 weeks.
Partial dentures contain one or several replacement teeth, but allow you to keep your remaining natural teeth if they’re still healthy. They are attached to a plastic base that is the color of your gums. Partial dentures fill the spaces in your smile and prevent your natural teeth from moving and spreading out.
Dr. Simon determines which kind of denture you need based on the state of your smile and lifestyle.
There are many benefits to getting dentures rather than having little or no teeth in your mouth. Benefits include:
Whether you lost teeth with age or disease, you deserve to have a full, healthy-looking smile. Mark Simon, DDS, creates dentures with a natural look and feel. If you’re interested in restoring your smile with dentures, call his office or schedule an appointment online today.