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.

Complete and Partial Dentures
There are two types of dentures, complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while a partial denture may be used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and helps prevent 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 four to six 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.

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

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

What Does Getting Dentures Involve?
Looking for high-quality dentures in Laguna Hills, California? The process 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, our 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 denture.

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.

Call Pro Smiles OC today at 949-880-6638 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ivan Ho and learn more about getting your own set of dentures.

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