Over the years, your teeth can suffer damage and decay that makes them weaken or fall out. Missing teeth can put your overall oral health at risk, but dentures are a popular option to replace multiple missing teeth. At her practice in San Jose, California, Jaclyn Martinez, DDS, offers customized denture solutions. She regularly fits patients with comfortable dentures that promote normal mouth function. Request an appointment online or call the office to learn more.
Dentures are removable artificial teeth. Upper dentures replace teeth on the top of your mouth, and there’s usually a piece that covers the roof of your mouth. Lower dentures replace the bottom teeth, and they are horseshoe-shaped to make room for your tongue.
Whether you’ve lost teeth due to age, decay, or injury, missing teeth can make it challenging to chew and speak normally. Sunken cheeks, sagging skin, and muscle loss are common side effects of missing teeth.
Dentures fill out your smile and improve mouth function. They’re often made from acrylic, and they're held in your mouth with support from your jaw, gums, and any surrounding teeth.
Dentures are a popular option for many common dental issues. Full dentures replace all your teeth, while partial dentures replace some missing teeth. Partial dentures could be a good option for you if you’re missing a few teeth, but you still have several other healthy teeth.
Partial dentures can improve oral health by filling in the space left behind by missing teeth. This takes the extra strain off of your remaining teeth and protects your gums from further damage.
Talk to Dr. Martinez about your options for replacing missing teeth. Dentures are a good option for patients who are missing a significant number of teeth. Other options, like dental implants and bridges, might also be viable options.
After a thorough assessment of your teeth, gums, and jaw, Dr. Martinez can help you decide if dentures are right for you. She offers custom denture fittings, which may include digital X-rays and digital impressions.
Dentures should be comfortable, but there is an adjustment period. New dentures can feel foreign inside your mouth, but Dr. Martinez offers tips and support for getting used to your new teeth.
In general, eating soft foods at first can help you adjust to eating with dentures. Give yourself some time to get comfortable talking. Within a few months, you should feel confident speaking and chewing normally.
Once you get used to your dentures, be sure to follow up with Dr. Martinez for regular checkups. Dentures wear out over time, and regular visits to the dentist ensure your dentures continue to fit properly over time.
Dentures can help you talk normally and chew food comfortably. To learn more about your options, call the office or request an appointment online.