Widespread tooth loss can severely impact your ability to eat, speak, and smile comfortably. If you are looking to replace missing teeth, dentures can be a vital restorative treatment to improve your quality of life. Passionate about helping patients achieve healthy, whole smiles, Dr. Frederick Hoffer and his associaties offer a variety of dentures at their practice in Redlands, CA. Contact our office to learn more, and to schedule a consultation.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are dental prosthetics designed to restore both form and function after tooth loss. Advances in modern techniques have resulted in a blending of cosmetic and restorative dentistry, allowing patients to enjoy a restored smile that is both functional and more natural-looking than in years past. Dentures are made to match your features and smile, as well as fit for optimal bite and comfort.
Types of Dentures
Depending on your specific needs, we can provide a range of dentures to replace a portion or all of your teeth:
- Traditional Full Dentures: Full dentures are commonly used for patients who have lost all or most of their natural teeth in the upper, lower, or both arches. These removable restorations are made of quality materials to match your smile and bite, and are custom-designed to fit your jaw. For further stability you can use dental adhesives.
- Traditional Partial Dentures: For patients who have lost multiple consecutive teeth, partial removable dentures are a great option. These restorations are made of durable materials to blend with your smile, and rely on surrounding teeth or adhesives for additional support.
- Implant-supported Dentures: Dentures can also be supported by as few as four dental implants in each arch. Implant-supported dentures are more comfortable than other restoration options, and offer unrivaled stability and support. Dental implants will also prevent bone degeneration caused by tooth loss. If you receive traditional removable dentures, these prostheses can later be converted to attach to dental implants.
Dentures restore dental function, enabling you to eat a wide variety of foods, smile confidently, and speak and enunciate properly. In addition to functional advantages, dentures offer cosmetic benefits such as filling gaps left by missing teeth, and preventing remaining teeth from shifting. Dentures can also fill out facial features, eliminating the sunken, aged look associated with tooth loss.
Implant-supported dentures are more comfortable than other restoration options, and offer unrivaled stability and support.
Caring for Your Dentures
Your dentures will require proper care and maintenance. Regular cleanings and careful handling will ensure your restorations remain in good condition for years to come.
- Follow Instructions: If you use adhesives to keep your dentures in place, be sure to read and follow all instructions. Using the product as directed can prevent adhesive buildups.
- Proper Hygiene: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently clean your tongue, gums, insides of your cheeks, and the roof of your mouth to remove bacteria and plaque.
- Daily Cleaning: Rinse and scrub your dentures with a denture brush or soft toothbrush and a cleaning solution at least once a day. You may use a commercial denture cleaner or mild soap. It is recommended that you do not use toothpaste as it is abrasive and can scratch dentures.
- Soak Overnight: Most dentures need to be placed in water or a mild denture-soaking solution overnight to help them keep their shape.
- Regular Checkups: During dental exams, we can evaluate your dentures for proper fit and comfort.
When cleaning your dentures, be sure to avoid using:
- Abrasive cleaning materials, such as toothpaste
- Stiff-bristled brushes
- Products that contain bleach
- Hot water
If you have questions or concerns, our team is happy to provide answers, and help you understand how to properly care for your dentures.
At Redlands Family Dentistry, we look forward to helping you restore your oral health and smile. To learn more about how dentures can benefit you, contact our office and schedule an appointment today.