Do you find that you catch yourself hiding your smile away because of a few lost teeth? If so, our dentists here at Cupertino Family Dental in Cupertino, CA are more than ready and willing to help you. We can create partial or complete dentures to help improve your smile by replacing any lost teeth.
A denture is a replacement for any missing teeth that can be taken in and out of the mouth. There are two types of dentures: complete and partial dentures.
Complete dentures are typically utilized when all the teeth are missing. Some dentures can immediately be placed in the mouth after any teeth have been extracted, while others must be prepared and can be worn after some time.
On the other hand, partial dentures are used by our patients at Cupertino Family Dental when some natural teeth remain in the mouth. This helps to maintain the function of your jaw by replacing the missing teeth.
At times, missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift in the mouth, changing your bite and negatively affecting your smile. A partial denture helps to prevent this shift.
These partial dentures may be made from a mix of metal and plastic or may be made entirely of plastic. Plastic partial dentures are typically cheaper but are not as strong as those made from metal. Our Cupertino Family Dental dentists can examine you to determine which type is a better fit for you.
When caring for a partial denture requires daily cleaning of your denture, as you may be taking it in and out as the day goes on. While it may take some getting used to, patients can generally eat with their dentures.
Begin with soft, easy to chew foods, and make sure to chew slowly and utilize both sides of the mouth. Overly hard or sticky foods should be avoided as these can damage the dentures.
Ultimately, each person must decide for themselves if they would like to improve their smile with the use of dentures. Come into our Cupertino, CA, office today to get further insight on whether or not dentures are right for you.