What are Dentures?
Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. They are either full (complete) dentures or partial dentures. Full dentures replace all of the teeth in either arch or both. Partials replace some missing teeth while you still have some natural teeth. People who already have dentures may want to replace or reline them, or replace them with implants.
Why Dentures Are Important
Dentures are not just a cosmetic fix. They help you maintain the structure of your lower face, reduce undue pressure on other teeth, and help with maintaining the cleanliness of remaining teeth. They also play an important function in your overall health. You need to be able to eat food in order to maintain your health, and dentures help you accomplish that. At Model Smile Dentistry, Dr. Chow provides some of the highest quality dentures Thousand Oaks & Woodland Hills & has to offer.
Some people with full or partial dentures experience problems due to the dentures slipping or moving. Not only does this interfere with talking and eating, these problems can cause gums to be sore. This in turn can cause infections and lead to poorer nutrition as one becomes more reluctant to chew with dentures that are uncomfortable.
With modern technology, Dr. Chow can stabilize these dentures with implants, or even eliminate the dentures with implants. He can go over with you the advantages of implant-supported dentures, either full or partial, and if they are an option for you. With implants, your dentures are anchored securely and present the best method of making sure your dentures don't slip or move. Although they are "locked in" snugly, the dentures can still be removed for cleaning or any needed adjustments.
Dentures need to be maintained with regular hygiene practices as well as regular checkups with the dentist. During these checkups, Dr. Chow will look to see that your dentures are held in place correctly as well as checking for any signs of infections or disease. Regular dentures may need to be refitted or replaced in 10 years or so, depending on each patient.
Your at-home maintenance of your dentures will help ensure the longest durability of your replacement teeth. Follow these tips to help your dentures last a long time:
- Daily cleaning
- Remove dentures at night
- Handle dentures carefully
- Practice good dental hygiene for your whole mouth
- Eat nourishing food
- Be aware of any changes in denture fit
- Get regular checkups
Quality, Natural Looking Dentures
Dentures are a specialty of Dr. Chow's, and his attention to detail sets him apart from other dentists. Your bite and function of your teeth are important, as is the aesthetic quality of these replacement teeth. If you are getting dentures for the first time, you may be worried about the procedure or how they will look. In Dr. Chow's adept hands, you can be confident that your dentures will be comfortable and beautiful.
If you think you need dentures, schedule an appointment with Dr. Chow. He will do a thorough examination and then go over the results with you. He will also go over the option of implant-supported implants, or possibly just doing implants, eliminating the need for dentures completely. He can explain what is involved, whether you are a candidate for implants, how fast it can be done and answer all of your questions.
Dr. Chow and his entire team are passionate about providing high quality dental care in a calm and caring environment. We take a holistic approach to all dental procedures, meaning we take into account the whole person to make sure that any dental process is beneficial, and not harmful, to the whole person. We are dedicated to helping you keep your smile and oral health throughout your lifetime.
Schedule a Consultation
We welcome the opportunity to help you understand the state of your oral health with a consultation with Thousand Oaks dentist, Dr. Albert Chow. He will conduct a thorough examination and discuss the results with you, ensuring you understand all of your dental options.