Dentures

Selma Sunshine Dental

Mandeep Sandhu, DDS

Dentist located in Selma, CA

If you have multiple missing teeth, dentures can help you regain your confidence and improve the function of your smile. At Selma Sunshine Dental in Selma, California, Mandeep Sandhu, DDS, and his team provide a full range of denture services, including partial dentures, full dentures, and denture implants. To restore your smile with dentures, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Dentures Q & A

What are dentures?

Dentures are a traditional solution to missing or damaged teeth. Dentures consist of a gum-colored base that covers the natural gums and a set of replacement teeth. Dentures are either removable or fixed, and partial or full. 

Partial dentures

Partial dentures are used when there are still natural teeth present in the mouth. Dentists use partial dentures to fill gaps left by missing teeth while preserving the natural teeth you still have.

Full dentures

Full dentures are used to restore the entire top and/or bottom row of teeth. Full dentures are often used after teeth are extracted.  

How are dentures made?

Dentures are custom made from impressions of your jaw. Your dentist provides you with several models to assess the color, shape, and fit you’ll need. Dentures consist of an acrylic base made to look like gums and artificial teeth made from either porcelain or acrylic. 

Once your dentures are made, your dentist makes adjustments to ensure a good fit and instructs you on proper care instructions. 

Removable dentures often require multiple adjustments to achieve the perfect fit. Fixed dentures are cemented into place after they’re properly positioned. 

What are denture implants?

Denture implants, or implant-supported dentures, are supported by surgically placed titanium posts instead of the gums or surrounding teeth. Your dentures securely snap onto these metal posts, providing you with more stability than traditional dentures. 

Implant-supported dentures allow you to eat and speak without worrying about your dentures coming loose or falling out. 

Are dentures painful? 

Removable dentures can take some getting used to. The wireframe used to connect the parts of your dentures can cause irritation to the gums. 

The discomfort caused by new dentures typically goes away as you get used to them. If the discomfort persists, you should contact your dentist for readjustment. 

If you opt for implant-supported dentures, your gums and jawbone need to heal before the denture is placed. Implant surgery is performed under either local or general anesthesia. 

After the procedure, swelling and bruising of the gums are normal. Your doctor may prescribe pain medications or antibiotics to lower your risk of infection. 

To speak with an oral health care specialist about restoring your smile with dentures, call Selma Sunshine Dental or book an appointment online today.