You probably never realized how much you relied on your teeth for eating, speaking, and maintaining your appearance until they were gone. If you’ve lost your teeth, you can recover all of those benefits with dentures specially fitted at Santa Fe Dental. Francisco Marquez, DDS, sets you up with temporary and permanent dentures, so you don’t have to go another day without teeth. Set up an appointment at the Santa Fe Springs, California, clinic today over the phone or with the handy online scheduler.
Dentures are a removable dental appliance used to replace missing teeth lost through decay, injury, or gum disease. Dentures are designed to look natural and unnoticeable. The three common types of dentures include:
After extraction, it takes several months for your jaw and gums to heal. Dr. Marquez provides a temporary set of dentures to wear until you switch over to conventional dentures, so you don’t have to go out in public without teeth.
Once your jaw and gums heal entirely, you can trade in your immediate dentures for conventional dentures. Dr. Marquez fits you for permanent dentures based on your jaw position following recovery.
If you still have a few natural teeth or implants left, you may be able to affix an overdenture over your teeth. Your natural teeth provide stability for the overdenture and help preserve your jawbone.
If you lose your teeth, you can either live without them or get dentures. Dentures provide an array of benefits.
First, dentures help you chew your food. You can eat a more varied, nutritious diet with teeth than you can with gums alone. Without teeth, you may be limited to soft or pureed foods.
Second, dentures help preserve your appearance. Without dentures, your cheeks and lips may sink, altering your appearance. Dentures help fill out your features for a more natural appearance.
Finally, dentures help you maintain normal speech. They help you enunciate letters and produce sounds you can’t make without teeth, so people understand you more clearly.
You may think that if you don’t have any teeth, you don’t need to see the dentist anymore. That’s a common misconception. You do still need to regularly check in with your dentist and practice proper oral hygiene.
You should still see Dr. Marquez regularly so he can screen for oral cancers, check your gums, and monitor your jawbone density. He can also assess the fit of your dentures and make adjustments as your bones naturally shrink and shift.
If you need to be fitted for dentures, contact Santa Fe Dental online or by phone.