Missing teeth cause pain and difficulty in daily life and can affect your mood and self-image. Dentures improve your appearance, restore your ability to eat and speak, and boost your confidence so you can share your beautiful smile with the world. Located in Torrance, California, Dental Excellence of South Bay's Russell Coser, DDS, and the experienced team create dentures that look and feel natural. Call for a consultation or schedule your appointment online to learn more.
Older people often need dentures, but sometimes younger people need them too. If you’re missing multiple teeth, you may find you need dentures at some point in the future, especially if you have any of the following conditions:
If you have damaged or missing teeth that prevent you from eating or speaking, you may need dentures now. A dental exam is the first step towards a renewed smile and a boost in confidence.
Different types of dentures address different needs based on the number of teeth that are missing, the health of remaining teeth, health of the gums, and lifestyle of the patient. Regardless of type, most dentures are made from durable ceramics and/or metal that are strong enough for chewing just like natural teeth.
If you're missing all of your teeth, you need standard dentures — also known as full or complete dentures. Standard dentures fit over the gums, forming a seal that holds them in place for eating, drinking, and speaking.
If you still have a significant number of natural teeth, partial dentures may be the right option for you. Partial dentures are removable but fit securely in your mouth because a mechanism attached to your remaining teeth connects with your partial dentures, so they snap tightly into place.
If your jaw and gums are healthy, your dentist may recommend having individual replacement teeth implanted directly into your gums. Dental implants are supported by a titanium screw that bonds with your jawbone, and then a post with a porcelain tooth is attached to the screw. Many people choose dental implants because they look and feel like a set of brand new, natural teeth.
Dentures typically last between 5-10 years. You need to see your dentist for regular checkups to make sure your dentures are working correctly. Your mouth and gums naturally continue to change shape with time, so you eventually need to be refitted with new dentures.
It takes a little time to get used to talking with dentures, as your voice might sound different to you at first, and you need to practice pronouncing some sounds. It won’t take long before you're sounding like yourself again, and you may notice speaking is easier when you're no longer missing teeth.
Your personal experience with dentures will be unique, and getting used to dentures takes a little time for everyone. You might need to practice chewing softer foods at first, but you can quickly become comfortable with your new dentures and be able to eat and speak normally.
You also need to learn how to take care of your dentures. Brushing your replacement teeth, storing them properly, and maintaining good oral health doesn’t take a lot of time, and it helps your dentures last longer and prevent future problems.
Most people find that their dentures improve their lives in unexpected ways. They feel better about speaking, eating in public, having photos taken, and sharing their brightest smiles.
To find out if you're a candidate for dentures, call the office or schedule an appointment online.