Dentures are more than just artificial teeth — they’re a way to reclaim your smile. Parissa Djafari, DDS, is a highly skilled dentist who provides her patients with beautiful, state-of-the-art dentures at her private practice in Riverside, California. Book your visit today by calling the office or using the convenient online scheduling tool to get started on your dentures.
Dentures are removable oral appliances that replace some or all of your natural teeth. They’re generally made of an acrylic base that matches the color of your gums, and artificial teeth that are made of porcelain or composite resin.
Advances in dental technology over the past few years have made today’s dentures far more comfortable and better looking than they used to be.
The team at Parissa Djafari, DDS is highly skilled in geriatric dentistry and designing your dentures so that they feel natural in your mouth, giving you a renewed ability to eat and speak while enhancing the appearance of your smile.
Dentures can be split into a few different categories depending on how many teeth they’re replacing and the process behind their design and fabrication.
Complete dentures replace all of the teeth in your smile. If you’ve lost all of your teeth or you have any remaining teeth that need to be pulled, complete dentures fit over your gums, sticking to them using either suction or an adhesive.
Partial dentures replace some of the teeth in your smile when you still have healthy natural teeth that you want to keep. The base of partial dentures have holes that allow your natural teeth to poke through and work side-by-side with your artificial teeth.
In addition to replacing your missing teeth, partial dentures keep your remaining teeth from shifting out of alignment.
Complete dentures come in conventional or immediate dentures.
The team makes your conventional dentures after you’ve fully healed from your extractions, meaning that you’ll have to go without teeth for 4-6 weeks.
Immediate dentures, on the other hand, are designed and built before you have your extractions, so they’re ready for you immediately after you’ve had your teeth pulled, meaning that you don’t have to go without teeth during your healing period.
Immediate dentures require more adjustments and relining because your gums will naturally change shape and shrink as they heal.
Dentures ultimately make it much easier for you to properly speak and chew, but there’s typically an adjustment period during which they can feel uncomfortable and bulky in your mouth. They could also increase your flow of saliva and make your gums sore.
The muscles in your mouth need time to adjust to working with your new dentures. Once your oral tissues have retrained and acclimated, your dentures should feel comfortable and natural and will actually enhance your overall oral function.
Call or book an appointment online today with the team’s office to get started on your new dentures.