Dr. Guy Mangia’s goal is to help his dental patients in Sherman Oaks, CA, and surrounding areas of Los Angeles County keep their teeth healthy for life; however, in some cases, saving a tooth isn’t the best option. Dentures are a removable option that allows for the replacement of lost teeth and the restoration of a beautiful, functional smile.
Why get dentures?
In cases in which multiple teeth are lost as a result of accident or decay, it may not be practical to replace each tooth. Dentures can replace many teeth while restoring the structure to the mouth and enhancing the smile.
What different types of dentures are available?
The two basic types of dentures are partial and complete dentures. Complete dentures are what typically comes to mind when one thinks of dentures. A complete denture is used when all of the teeth on the top and/or bottom of the mouth are missing. Partial dentures are used when some healthy teeth are still present. Partial dentures restore a natural-looking smile and help to keep the remaining natural teeth from shifting.
How soon can a patient get complete dentures after having teeth removed?
When all teeth must be removed from a patient, it typically takes 4 to 6 weeks for the gums to heal completely and reach their final size and shape. Depending on the patient’s lifestyle and needs, complete dentures can be made two ways: immediate or conventional.
Immediate dentures are made prior to tooth removal and can be used while gum tissue heals. They must be adjusted periodically to maintain good fit as the mouth heals. Immediate dentures help patients maintain normal chewing, speech and appearance throughout the healing process.
Conventional dentures are made after gums are fully healed. They are custom fitted to the final shape of the gum line and typically require fewer adjustments and office visits after they’re complete.
What does getting dentures involve?
For any type of denture, multiple office visits are required. First, Dr. Mangia will make multiple molds and measurements of the mouth, to build a custom denture. Patients then work with the doctor through several “try-on” appointments to fit the dentures for a natural appearance. At the final appointment, completed dentures will be adjusted and put into place to ensure a secure and comfortable fit in the mouth.
It is common for patients to experience some soreness, increased saliva flow, and minor speech and chewing difficultly when adjusting to dentures. These side effects will dissipate as the muscles of the mouth and tongue get accustomed to the new dentures.