Dentures and Partials, Torrance, CA

Dentures and Partials Lomita Torrance Dental Office

Dentures and partials are an affordable solution to the problem of missing teeth. Missing teeth can create a number of problems, among them difficulty eating and social stigma. With an attractive set of dentures or partials, we can improve the appearance of your smile and make it easy for you to live your life the way you want.

Replacing Missing Teeth with Dentures in Torrance, CA

You Can Walk Away with Your Dentures or Partial Dentures
The Very Same Day You Visit Us!

A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.

Dentures are a reliable solution for replacing missing teeth. At Lomita-Torrance Dental Office our patients ask Dr. Teboul about dentures to determine if they are a good solution for their particular needs. As with any dental solution, there are pros and cons to wearing dentures and whether or not they will work for you depends largely on your lifestyle and the goals that you have for your appearance, including the functionality of your smile.

Some patients have not been fortunate enough to save their teeth and thereby require dental appliances that will restore function and esthetics. We take special care in making these appliances to ensure proper fit and comfort. We record initial measurements of jaw position and make accurate impressions of the upper and lower ridge forms.

There are several visits to allow the patient to try-in the appliance and also to get an idea of the end result prior to delivering the denture to ensure patient satisfaction. Follow up appointments are made during the adjustment phase to obtain the most comfortable fit.

Reasons for Dentures:

Complete Denture – Loss of all teeth in an arch

Partial Denture – Loss of several teeth in an arch.

Enhancing smile and facial tissues.

Improving chewing, speech, and digestion.

How Are Dentures Made?

In order for dentures to be created, patients in Lomita-Torrance need to schedule a dental appointment. At this time, the dentist will examine your gums and other teeth to determine if dentures are the best solution for you and if so, what type. A mold will then be taken of your teeth and gums so that the dentures can be created in a dental lab. Typically, several molds or impressions will be made so that the dentist can determine how your jaw functions and moves. Using these impressions, the lab will make a set of dentures that looks natural and fits perfectly. If necessary, adjustments will be made. Dr. Teboul can discuss the process in more detail during a consultation.

What Are the Types of Dentures?

There are three main types of dentures: temporary, partial dentures, and complete dentures.

Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A Partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.

A Complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.

Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.

Temporary Dentures

Dr. Teboul can provide patients with temporary dentures while they are undergoing a cosmetic dentistry procedure to replace a missing tooth. Temporaries ensure that patients throughout the Lomita Torrance area have a natural looking smile while waiting for dental implants or a dental bridge to be completed. This is an excellent solution for when a tooth is knocked out during a sports game or in an accident. The temporary denture is secured in place with a metal wire that works like a retainer and can be taken in and out whenever you like. If you are looking for an immediate solution for replacing a missing tooth call (424) 201-2885. Keep in mind that a temporary denture is only meant to be worn for a few months and will need to be replaced.

Partial Dentures

If only a few of your teeth are missing, partial dentures are a good solution for replacing them. Unlike a full set of dentures, these are held in place by a plastic base that is the same color as your gums. A metal framework is typically created in order to secure the base and prevent it from falling out. As long as you have natural teeth in place, you cannot wear a full set, so a partial set of dentures is necessary. We treat patients throughout the 90505 area that want to know if a partial set is better than a cosmetic procedure. They function differently because dentures are removable and cosmetic dentistry solutions are typically permanent. If you live in the Lomita-Torrance area, call for your consultation and we can provide you with a list of options to consider.

Complete Denture

When all of your teeth are missing, complete dentures can replace them. This is the type of dentures that you typically see in cartoons and movies. Technology has improved in recent years, making them more comfortable and natural looking than ever. Dr. Teboul can determine if this is the best way to replace your teeth or if an alternative solution will help you to achieve your goals. If you proceed with getting a complete set of dentures, your gums will be healed and ready in eight to 12 weeks after your teeth have been removed. Following teeth removal, the bones and gums will start to shrink. By waiting for up to 12 weeks, you can be sure that your set of complete dentures will fit securely. Many patients throughout Lomita-Torrance prefer not to wait and get immediate dentures. This solution does not require a waiting period, but there will be adjustments later on after the gums and bone have settled into their permanent size.

What Does Getting Dentures Involve?

The process of getting dentures requires several appointments, usually over several weeks. Highly accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit.

It is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty, however this will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.

You will be given care instructions for your new dentures. Proper cleaning of your new dental appliance, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dentures.

Benefits of Dentures

Patients throughout the 90505 area like how convenient dentures are. Whether you need a full or partial set,

  • Dentures can replace teeth in a non-invasive way.
  • There is no surgical element to worry about, and temporary dentures can be fitted immediately.
  • This provides a quick and easy solution.

If, however, you are looking for something that feels more natural, you should consider a cosmetic dentistry procedure.

Disadvantages of Dentures

  • The biggest challenge with dentures is that
  • They do not feel like natural teeth.
  • Patients of Lomita-Torrance Dental Office tend to agree that while they are functional, you still have to take care of them as a separate appliance.
  • Other cosmetic dentistry procedures make it easy to forget you ever lost a tooth in the first place.
  • Modern techniques have made dentures more secure and comfortable than they used to be, but they are still a foreign object in your mouth and can become loose when eating or speaking.

If you are currently experiencing this problem, call Dr. Teboul at (424) 201-2885 for a consultation.

Alternative Options at Lomita-Torrance Dental Office

Patients may enjoy the benefits of alternative options to dentures. There is a procedure that combines implant dentistry with dentures. Those that need complete dentures can benefit by having a secure way to hold their dentures in place. If you live in the Lomita-Torrance area, we can examine your gums and let you know if you are a good candidate for the procedure. In this scenario, an impression is taken of your mouth in order to create a denture that will be secured in place using implants. Once created, metal posts will be implanted under your gums, and the dentures secured to it. This way patients get the benefits of how quickly dentures can be created and the convenience of the stability that can only come from using implant technology.

For many people, the word “dentures” conjures images of their grandparents’ false teeth soaking in a glass of water. Those old-fashioned dentures often had blocky, unnatural-looking teeth set into gums the color of cotton candy.

Good news – today’s dentures are nothing like that!

Modern dentures are carefully made to look realistic and function much more like your own teeth would. Each tooth is crafted and placed individually to create the variation that occurs naturally. The colors of both the teeth and the gums are selected to appear real.

Even better, the fit of modern dentures has also been greatly improved. Your dentures or partials will fit securely and won’t slide around in your mouth. This means you can speak confidently without fear of embarrassing mishaps, and you can enjoy foods that were once problematic for people with dentures.

If you like, dentures and partials can also be held in place with dental implants. These appliances are referred to as “implant-retained” and are not removed like other dentures and partials. If you are interested in this option, let us know. It’s a great way to get the benefits of implants without the expense of a full set.

How Do I Care for My Dentures?

Dentures require daily care to keep them looking their best. It’s important to also care for your gums and any remaining teeth as well to prevent bad breath, decay, and gum disease.

Only use products that are specifically designed to clean dentures. A regular toothbrush can be too abrasive and may damage the finish of your dentures. Your dentures should be kept moist whenever they are not in your mouth since allowing them to dry out could cause them to warp.

Only wash, rinse, and soak your dentures in cool to lukewarm water. Warm or hot water can warp your dentures. Be especially careful not to drop your dentures while you are cleaning them. If you do happen to drop them, call our office so we can check your dentures and make sure that they are not damaged. Sometimes damage from a fall is not immediately visible but could cause changes in the way your dentures fit, leading to discomfort and sores.

Use a soft-bristled brush to clean your remaining teeth, gums, cheeks, and palate. This will reduce bacteria, keep your breath fresh, and prevent oral disease. If your mouth needs extra care, we will discuss this with you at your appointment.

There’s no reason to feel uncomfortable about your missing teeth. Call our office for an examination and consultation and find out how dentures or partials can restore your smile.

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