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Dentures - Full and Partial
Palo Alto, CA


 Elderly woman with gray hair smiling with dentures from Palo Alto Oral HealthWhen you reach a certain age, your teeth may begin to fall out, making your cheeks sag. In fact, tooth loss affects many adults. It can make you look older and cause difficulties in speaking and chewing. At Palo Alto Oral Health, we offer you custom-fit dentures that can help preserve the form and function of your mouth.

What are Dentures?


Dentures are removable dental restorations that are designed to replace your natural teeth. Dentures are made of a pink acrylic base on which false teeth are attached. These dentures are designed so that they can be easily placed in the mouth and removed by the patient without the intervention of a dentist.

Types of Dentures


There are three main types of dentures:

Conventional Full Dentures


Conventional full dentures are custom-fitted to provide the most comfort and functionality to your mouth. These dentures consist of an upper denture, which is held in place by the roof of the mouth and a horseshoe-shaped lower denture that is designed to accommodate the tongue. These dentures are made once all the unhealthy teeth in your mouth have been removed and the gum tissues are allowed to heal. Usually, this can take two to three months, during which time you are either without teeth or are using an immediate denture.

Immediate Dentures


An immediate denture is placed in the mouth immediately after the remaining teeth have been extracted. To make these dentures, one of our dentists will take the measurements and impressions of your mouth and jaw during a prior visit. Since these dentures are not made after the teeth are extracted, they do not provide a fit as well as conventional denture and are only used as a temporary measure.

However, they offer lots of benefits, including curbing the bleeding and the swelling of the gums after your teeth are removed. Additionally, they also allow you to practice eating and speaking with dentures while you wait for your conventional dentures to be made.

Partial Dentures


Partial dentures are used when you still have some healthy teeth remaining in your mouth. These dentures are equipped with a metal framework that can attach to your teeth. These dentures offer a removable alternative to dental bridges and a less-invasive option to dental implants.

What to Expect After Getting Dentures


Dentures cannot provide the superior look and functionality of naturally healthy teeth. However, dentures today are more comfortable and effective than ever before. Still, there are some things you can expect after getting dentures:
•  Your dentures will feel bulky in your mouth in the first few weeks.
•  They may slip and shift in your mouth when you chew or speak.
•  You will have to avoid eating very hard, tough, or sticky food with dentures as it can damage them.
•  You may experience sore gums for a few weeks after getting dentures, though this issue will be resolved in a few weeks.
•  Your mouth will change further as you grow, which may cause your dentures to become loose. If this is the case, then you will need to reline, rebase, or replace your dentures.

Caring for Your Dentures


Your dentures are expected to last you for several years with proper care. Here is how you can increase their lifespan:
•  When removing your dentures, stand over a basin of water or a soft towel to prevent them from breaking in case your drop your dentures.
•  Soak your dentures in plain water or a cleansing soaking solution overnight to prevent them from drying out.
•  Do not use hot water to clean your dentures as it can warp their shape. Use lukewarm or cool water to rinse them.
•  Use a soft-bristled brush to clean your dentures each morning and night. Also take care to clean your gums, tongue, and palate before placing your dentures.
•  If your dentures crack or chip, schedule a visit with us so that we can fix them. Do not try DIY repairs yourself as you can damage them even further.

If you have lost your teeth, dentures are a safe and effective way to restore your smile. To get your custom-fitted dentures, call us today at (650) 250-4350 to schedule an appointment with us.


Our office proudly offers a variety of services to help you achieve your best smile at any age. Give us a call at (650) 250-4350 and let us help you find the right approach for your dental solution.



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Palo Alto, CA 94306-2548


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