Dentist in Redlands, CA describes how complete dentures can replace your missing teeth
By Terry L. Vines, Jr., D.D.S.
What are complete dentures?
Also referred to as “full dentures,” complete dentures are utilized by restorative dentists to replace all the teeth in a dental arch. This may occur on the top or the bottom arch, and sometimes both! Dr. Terry Vines recommends dentures as a solution for many patients as they have several benefits. Complete dentures are:
- Affordable and often covered in part or in full by dental insurance plans
- Effective at restoring the function of the smile so patients can eat and speak properly
- Sometimes used with dental implants for ultimate stability and strength
- Natural-looking and made to match the patient’s existing smile with cosmetic improvements
- A great way to replace an entire arch of teeth without expensive restorations for replacing each tooth individually
How do complete dentures work?
Dr. Terry Vines consults with patients who are considering complete dentures to ensure they are fully knowledgeable about this solution. He discusses how it can be used to enhance their smiles and improve their abilities to eat and speak properly. Complete dentures are made from a mold that is taken of the natural smile. The mold recreates an impression of the gum tissue so the final restoration will fit properly. These molds are sent to a dental laboratory where a professional will create a denture using high-quality acrylic materials. The teeth are recreated along with the gum tissue that will cover the natural tissue when the denture is in place. Within a few weeks, patients return to the dental office to obtain their new dentures. The dentist will check the fit, function, and appearance of the dentures during this visit. Our team educates patients on how to care for their new dental restoration. They can also provide answers to any questions patients may have about the use, care, and function of their new smile!
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How do I keep complete dentures in place?
Many patients are worried about awkward social situations when their dentures may not stay in place. While this has been a problem for individuals in the past, today’s denture adhesives are stronger than ever before and can keep this from occurring. Additionally, patients may also ask about upgrading their dentures to implant-supported dentures. Implant-supported dentures, or implant-retained dentures, utilize implants along the dental arch to anchor the denture in place. Patients typically consider this option if they have sufficient healthy bone for the implants to be placed successfully. In addition, implant-retained dentures may be recommended if patients have had issues with keeping the dentures stable. However, most patients are satisfied with the function of their dentures with traditional denture adhesives.
How do I care for my complete dentures?
Complete dentures are simple to care for. Patients must remember to keep their dentures moist to keep them from changing in shape and comfort. At night, patients can soak their dentures in denture cleaner. Rinsing the dentures in the morning before placing in the mouth is necessary, as denture cleaner can cause sores and irritation to the gum tissues. Additionally, patients should rinse and brush their dentures each day to keep food particles from becoming stuck. If dentures ever fail to fit properly, patients are encouraged to schedule an appointment with our dentist to make necessary adjustments. These adjustments provide better functionality and help reduce the risk of developing sores and irritation on the soft tissues.
Schedule your appointment today
If you are interested in using complete dentures to replace your missing teeth and live in or around the area of Highlands or Redlands, CA, call Pure Gold Professionals in Dentistry. Dr. Terry Vines encourages you to book an appointment at his practice to learn more about complete dentures and other dental restorations available. Call the office at (909) 435-4558 to connect with our front office team to schedule an examination and consultation appointment to discuss restoration of your smile! New patients and families are welcome into our state-of-the-art dental facility.
About Dr. Terry Vines
Pure Gold Professionals in Dentistry are committed to providing patients of all backgrounds with the best quality dental care with elevated professional standards. Dr. Terry Vines and his team of skilled dentists are specialized in cosmetic and general dentistry treatments. Dr. Vines gained his dental degree from the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry and he has been actively practicing dentistry since 1987. He holds membership in many prestigious dental associations including the American Dental Association and his patients value his compassionate nature and patient centric approach.
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