Dentures: Full & Partials in Woodland Hills, CA
Full or partial dentures can be a helpful restorative option for people who are missing several or even all of their teeth. Dentures are designed to be worn every day and removed at night. They are designed to sit over the gums and around any existing teeth. However, it is important to note that dentures cannot serve as a replacement for teeth; rather, they are an alternative to the absence of teeth.
Dentures are an alternative to dental bridges and dental implants. Dentures can also be placed over implants and abutments. This is called an over-denture and is an excellent combination treatment alternative with great results.
What are the steps involved in making a denture?
Dentures require several steps, as well as several visits to the office to complete, as well as for adjusting the denture for the best possible fit. A typical full or partial denture takes about X weeks for the full process to be complete.
Step 1: Your dentist in Woodland Hills will take an impression of your gums. If you need extractions before creating your denture, your dentist will wait until your gums have healed before taking the impressions.
Step 2: Wax rims are placed in the mouth to establish a proper bite and orientation (occlusion) of the teeth. Patients can then select the size, shape and shade of the teeth for the denture. Your 91364 area dentist will help you to make this selection, but we also recommend having someone who knows you very well help make the selection. Your dentist will send the impressions, as well as the selection for shape, size and shade to a dental lab.
Step 3: Try-In: This is a critical step in the denture process. The dental lab will send a mockup of your denture, which includes a set of pre-made plastic teeth, set in wax, to make sure you are happy with the general color, look, fit and feel of the denture. If any changes are needed, additional try-in appointments may be necessary. Once the denture is made to your satisfaction, the try-in denture will be sent back to the lab to create the final denture. At our 91364 Family Dental Office, we will always help to make sure you are pleased with your denture, and that it looks and feels as natural as possible. However, this is an important and final decision, and we strongly support bringing a spouse or friend who knows you well, and who will give you honest feedback about how the denture looks so you can make your selection with the greatest amount of confidence.
Step 4: This is the fitting of your final denture. The lab has now processed the premade teeth into a hard, tissue colored acrylic base. If necessary, your 91364 dentist will make adjustments to the fit and the bite, and you may need to return to the office if you experience any sore spots or issue within the next few weeks to have the denture adjusted.
Cost and Insurance Coverage for Dentures in Woodland Hills, CA
The cost of dentures can vary between immediate, full, and partial dentures, and if the denture is for one arch or for both.
If you have dental insurance, your coverage may include a new or replacement set of dentures. Our staff is happy to review your coverage with you to ensure you are maximizing your insurance benefits while minimizing any out of pocket expenses.
Post-Procedure Care and Getting Used to Your Denture
Generally, dentures should be worn during waking hours, and removed only at night for cleaning and storage. The more you wear your denture, the more quickly you will adapt and adjust to having them. Upper dentures usually fit snugly using natural suction. The lower denture may feel looser because of the shape of the jaw and other factors. You may need to use adhesive to hold your denture firmly in place after a few weeks, but if you experience persistent issues with sore spots or the fit and feel of a denture you had delivered by a dentist at Woodland Hills Family Dental Office, you are always welcome to come in for a free evaluation and adjustment.
Having dentures takes time to get used to and requires patience, practice, and persistence for patients to feel comfortable and at-ease. Some common adjustments include:
Speaking: You may find that you have difficulty enunciating certain words and making some sounds. This is perfectly normal, and with some practice and patience, you will be back to speaking normally and comfortably.
Eating: You will need to get used to using a side-to-side motion to chew your food, rather than an up and down motion. This also takes practice and persistence to master. Many people who have dentures have found they can generally eat the foods they were able to eat before, especially when making small adaptations such as cutting food into smaller pieces to make it easier to chew.
Physical Appearance: Dentures are an alternative for the absence of teeth, and are made of plastic and acrylic. This means that in general they look and feel different than a dental bridge, for example.
Other issues that may arise with a full or partial denture can include food getting under the denture, loose dentures, or a general feeling of fullness in your mouth. Typically, these issues will clear up with future adjustments, along with practice and time to adapt to your denture.
Alternative Treatment options for Dentures
In some cases, 4 or more dental implants may be placed in the jaw. A denture is made that fits over the healing implants, so you are able to wear your dentures during the healing period. Once these implants have healed, the denture can be adjusted to clip directly onto the dentures. The dentures are held firmly in place until you are ready to remove them.
In addition to a major improvement in the comfort, fit, and feel of an implant/overdenture combination, dental implants help to slow or even stop the progression of bone loss over time.
Bridge Over Implants
Some patients have either had multiple implants placed, or continued to add dental implants, one by one. Dental bridges and crowns can then be created, with a series of fixed (non-removable) bridges that look and act like regular teeth.
Your diet is also important to good oral health. Make sure to drink plenty of water and eat a diet that contains dairy products, lean protein, green vegetables and complex carbs so that your body gets the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. We can provide additional tips and information during your dental cleaning and examinations. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Yousefi call 818-225-9410.
At Woodland Hills Dental Office, we’re here to assist you with your oral health needs no matter your age or condition of your teeth. 91364 area Dentists.
At Woodland Hills Dentistry we always try to treat you right away so you do not experience unnecessary discomfort. Simultaneously, you can count on us to restore your tooth in a way that is both beautiful and natural-looking. To schedule an appointment, call (818) 225-9410.
How do I schedule my next checkup?
Simply call our practice! Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your next dental checkup at your convenience. If you are a new patient, please let us know and we will provide you with all the information you need for your first dental visit.
If you live in the 91364 area, don’t delay in scheduling your dental exam. Call (818) 225-9410 today.
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- Highest Quality Porcelain Veneers $699 Each (4 or More Teeth; $799 Each for 1-3 Teeth)*. (Zirconia, Emax, I.P.S).
- Free Initial Consultation.
- Free Cosmetic Consult: Includes Exam and X-Rays*
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Call (818) 225-9410 and schedule a consultation with our Woodland Hills Dentists Dr. Yousefi or Dr. Raz. (Woodland Hills Periodontist, Dr. Razmik Galustian).
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We serve patients from the following counties: Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley