Did you know that more than 40 million Americans are missing all of their teeth? That’s why Ken Lalezarian, DMD, at Dental Care of Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills, California, helps patients restore their quality of life with dentures, removable sets of prosthetic teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. If you’re only missing a few teeth, partial dentures could also be an option. Call the office or schedule a consultation online today and find out more about how dentures can benefit your teeth.
Dentures are sets of prosthetic teeth used to fill gaps in your smile. Each set of dentures is lined with a fleshy, acrylic gum-like base. They’re specially-shaped to fit snugly inside your mouth and accommodate your tongue.
Conventional dentures sit directly over your gum tissue and are held in place with metal clasps. Another option is implant-retained dentures, which are attached to dental implants. These can provide added support.
There are two types of dentures: full and partial dentures. Full dentures are sets of prosthetic teeth that can replace an entire set of missing top or bottom teeth. Partial dentures, on the other hand, are sets of prosthetic teeth that can replace several missing teeth.
Dentures are made using detailed impressions of your teeth. Dr. Lalezarian uses these impressions to custom-produce your dentures, which are made in a dental lab.
Generally, it takes about 1-2 weeks for the lab to finish making your dentures. Once they’re ready, you return to the office for a fitting to make sure your new dentures fit properly. If you have implants, you can have your dentures attached to them. Implant-retained dentures help limit shifting or sliding around inside your mouth.
If you choose dentures to replace missing teeth, some of the benefits include:
Your dentures will match the look, feel, and function of natural teeth.
As long as you take proper care of your dentures, there’s no reason they can’t last at least 5-8 years. You can play a key role in ensuring a long lifespan for your dentures. Make sure to treat them like you would your natural teeth, which means brushing them and keeping them clean, as well as using cleaning solutions overnight if your dentures are removable.
To set up a consultation with Dr. Lalezarian and learn more about dentures, call the office or book an appointment online today.