Patients facing tooth loss are up against more than merely a cosmetic change, but a health one as well. Living with missing teeth for prolonged periods can begin impairing both quality of life and a patient’s oral health. Smile Studio Dentistry Fontana is glad to offer patients a variety of tooth replacement options, including dentures in Fontana.

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are a form of prosthetic dentistry used to replace several (or all) lost or missing teeth. A denture is a removable device that replaces missing teeth and adjacent tissues, providing support for lips and cheeks to help create a more natural facial appearance. At our dental office in Fontana, we offer denture services for those who have lost their natural teeth due to age, disease, injury, or any other reason.
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Types of Dentures

At our denture clinic in Fontana, we offer a variety of denture options depending on your needs and budget. The different types of dentures we have available include:

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are dentures that replace a few missing teeth in your mouth. Partial dentures can be used to restore your ability to chew and speak, while improving the appearance of your smile.

Full Dentures

These dentures are used when all the patient’s teeth are missing. They consist of a denture base (made from acrylic resin and gum-colored material) that is supported by either the gums or dental implants and denture teeth, which can be made of porcelain or plastic.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures are a more secure and stable option compared to traditional dentures. They are dentures that are supported by dental implants, which are titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone. This type of denture is ideal for patients who have a difficult time wearing traditional dentures due to issues with fit or retention. Implant-supported dentures continue to increase in popularity due to the stability and convenience they provide patients. You can still remove them for easy maintenance, but they are highly stable when in use and affixed to your dental implants.
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Receiving Dentures: What Is the Process?

The process for receiving dentures is relatively simple and straightforward. First, your dentist will take impressions of your mouth and teeth to create a denture base that will fit securely in place. Then, the denture teeth are selected based on color and shape preferences. Once all components are manufactured by the lab and are ready, the custom-made denture is delivered to the patient for wearing. We test to make sure that they fit properly. However, many patients still need a period to adjust to them. So, if your dentures feel a little strange at first, that is natural and should go away within a few days or weeks. However, if you have any substantial trouble with them, let us know and we can see what the issue is.
For implant-supported dentures, patients will first need to receive their dental implants. This is done through a straightforward procedure where your oral surgeon places the implants in the locations where they will best affix to your custom dentures. Though this option entails an extra step, many patients agree that the benefits are well worth it.

Benefits of Dentures

Dentures are an effective treatment for missing teeth, offering several benefits to the wearer. These include:
  • Improved appearance and facial support
  • Improved chewing and speaking ability
  • An increase in confidence
  • Easier to maintain than natural teeth
  • Can replace as many teeth as you need

Signs Dentures Are Right for You

If you are missing several teeth or all of your teeth, dentures could be the right solution for you. However, if you have any remaining teeth that can be saved, dentists may typically recommend restoring them with other dental treatments like bridges or implants rather than dentures. When considering dentures, it is important to speak with a dentist to have your oral health evaluated and learn about the best options for your individual situation.

Caring for Your Dentures

Dentures require special care and attention in order to keep them functioning properly. However, regular maintenance and care are both easy and convenient. All you need to do to ensure proper denture care includes:
  • Regularly cleaning dentures with a denture brush and denture cleanser
  • Storing dentures in denture cleanser when not in use
  • Visiting your dentist for regular check-ups
  • Avoiding denture adhesives as much as possible

Schedule Your Appointment Today

If you are considering dentures to replace your missing teeth, contact our office today to set up an appointment. Our dentists in Fontana can help you determine which type of denture is right for you and discuss the different options available. We look forward to helping restore your oral health and smile with dentures in Fontana.

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