Dentures in Folsom, CA at Esthetic Reflections
Even with the best possible dental care, it’s possible for teeth to fall out or require an extraction. When one or more of your teeth are missing, dentures are one of the most popular ways to feel like you can still show off your smile.
Dentures are dental appliances that are equipped with plastic or porcelain teeth to replace any missing teeth in your mouth. At Esthetic Reflections, we create comfortably designed dentures for those in and around Folsom, Sacramento, Granite Bay, El Dorado Hills, and all other nearby cities, and we’re a great option for those that want a friendly environment with a highly skilled denture dentist.
Contact us today at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry Phone Number 916-983-6051.
Denture Options and Designs
With a few exceptions, nearly all types of dentures are made with acrylic teeth that are designed to look and feel like actual teeth. There are two main types of dentures:
- Conventional Dentures – These are dentures designed to replace lost teeth that have been completely extracted, and the gums where the teeth were originally located has healed.
- Immediate Dentures – These are dentures designed to be used when the tooth has only recently been lost, but the gum beneath it hasn’t yet healed. These types of dentures are more temporary and are primarily used during the healing process.
You may need an upper denture, a lower denture, or both, with the upper denture made almost entirely of acrylic, and a lower denture that is designed to leave room for your tongue.
Alternatives to Dentures
Dentures are still a great choice for your smile. But they’re not the only option. Another great consideration is a dental implant. Learn more about dental implants on our dental implant page.
What Dentures Can Do For You
Some people avoid getting dentures even when they know they need them because they think dentures will limit them in some way. In fact, the opposite is true. Getting dentures improves many patient’s quality of life by helping them to:
- Eat – Eating is difficult with painful tooth problems or missing teeth. With well-fitted dentures, you can enjoy eating again.
- Speak – Teeth play a big part in how words are pronounced. Getting dentures and learning how to speak with them can help you communicate more clearly.
- Gain confidence – When you feel better physically and feel that you look more like yourself, you’re more confident. A full set of healthy, real-looking teeth that support your jaw and facial muscles the way your natural teeth did can bring back your smile and sense of self-assurance.
Dentures can also be useful for the jaw and teeth placement, as it avoids the teeth and jaw moving out of place or experiencing additional damage.
It may take a while to learn how to use dentures, since the sensation of them in your mouth can feel odd at first. Once you are used to them though, you’ll wonder how you ever got by without them.
Denture Development, Repair, and Replacement
At Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry in Folsom, CA, we provide a full range of denture related services. We can provide you with your first ever dentures in order to replace any missing teeth, or we can repair and replace dentures that have been worn down or lost over time.
We can also discuss if you are a candidate to have dentures support by dental implants so they don’t move around in the mouth while you eat and talk. Sometimes you can even use your existing dentures and convert them to be supported by implants. Many patients find a big difference in quality of life with implant supported dentures.
We’ll make sure that you have the most comfortable and most realistic looking dentures possible, so that you are happy with your smile and ready to show it off to others. If you are in need of dentures in Folsom or the surrounding areas, please call us today at Esthetic Reflections in Dentistry Phone Number 916-983-6051 to schedule your appointment.
FAQs About Dentures
Q: How do I clean my dentures?
A: Brushing dentures with regular toothpaste and toothbrushes can damage them. Those products are designed to clean the very strong enamel on natural teeth, and may scratch or degrade the acrylic or porcelain your dentures are made of. Instead, Dr. Chen and Dr. Skelton will show you how to use a special denture brush and cleaner to clean food and bacteria out of your dentures by hand before soaking them in a cleaning solution overnight.
Q: How long do dentures last?
A: Dentures are made of very resilient and long-lasting materials so you can expect to have yours for years. When exactly you need to get new ones depends on the specifics of the wear and tear it sees and how the shape of your mouth changes over the years. Dentures tend to last anywhere between 5-10 years depending on how well they are maintained.
Q: Will people be able to tell that I have dentures?
A: The technology and dental care available today enables us to create and fit personalized dentures that look almost exactly like natural teeth. Often times even if someone is looking right at your dentures, they shouldn’t be able to tell that they’re not real teeth.
Q: Is wearing dentures uncomfortable or painful?
A: Your dentures are fitted the exact shape of your jaw and mouth to ensure your comfort and their effectiveness. They may take a while to get used to, during which time it may feel awkward or uncomfortable while they’re in your mouth. If you’re still experiencing pain or discomfort after the initial adjustment period contact us so that we can reevaluate your situation.
We do like to tell our patients that dentures are still considered a prosthetic, therefore will never feel like the teeth you were born with. However they will still improve your function and smile dramatically.
Q: My dentures are yellowed. Can I bleach them?
A: Over time, as you wear them while eating and drinking, dentures may become stained or discolored. Over-the-counter whitening products will not work and may even damage your dentures since they’re designed to treat natural teeth, not the materials dentures are made of. Consult with us before trying to whiten them yourself and we can advise you based on your individual case.
Q: I’m in my 30s, isn’t that too young to get dentures?
A: Dentures aren’t only for older people. There are a number of reasons young people may need dentures: gum disease, tooth decay, dental abnormalities that prevent or damage the growth of teeth, and more. Your age shouldn’t be the main determining factor in whether you get dentures. Instead, consider if and how they would make your life better. Younger people may also be candidates for dental implants and other procedures that could help with your teeth.
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