If you have lost all or most of your natural teeth, a set of dentures can restore the appearance and functionality of your smile. At AV Dental Wellness Group, our dental practice in Lancaster, California, we offer different types of dentures to meet our patients' unique needs.
Dr. Kafri can design your customized restorations, and our partner dental lab can craft a realistic dental prosthetic that flawlessly blends in with your smile.
What Are Dentures?
Conventional dentures are removable appliances that rest securely over your gums to reinstate the function of your smile after tooth loss. Based on how many missing teeth you have, you may be a candidate for complete or partial dentures.
Complete dentures consist of a gum-colored base and a set of artificial teeth. The upper dentures cover the roof of your mouth, while the lower dentures are shaped like a horseshoe.
Partial dentures are designed similarly, with a plastic base supporting artificial teeth. However, they are often anchored by a metal framework that attaches to your neighboring teeth.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Kafri will assess your dental needs and offer you tooth replacement alternatives. We will also take X-rays and a series of scans to evaluate your oral health.
If your jawbone is healthy, we may recommend an implant-supported restoration rather than a traditional denture.
For patients who opt for a conventional denture, the next step is to take a series of impressions. Dr. Kafri will also take measurements of your bite to ensure your dentures fit comfortably.
We will create a model of your denture's shape, color, and fit using this data. Once you are satisfied with the projected result, we will send the impressions to our dental lab.
Dr. Kafri can provide temporary dentures while you wait since it usually takes a couple of weeks for the final restoration to return from the lab. Once your permanent dentures are ready, we will carry out a final evaluation and make the necessary adjustments.
Adjusting to Wearing Dentures
A few weeks may be required for you to adapt to your new dental appliance. It is usual for people to feel soreness or minor irritation when they first start wearing dentures. However, these issues should reduce as you adjust.
With adequate care, dentures can last for a long time. To extend the longevity of your dentures, you should brush them daily and make sure they do not become dry. If your dentures chip, crack, break, or become loose, contact our office right away.
If you want more information on dentures, visit our office, AV Dental Wellness Group at 151 E Ave. J, Lancaster, CA 93535, or call us at (661) 942-1179 to schedule an appointment.