Finding out that you need dentures is the start of a new transition in life, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult one. If you are missing multiple teeth or an entire dental arch, then you need a restorative option that will help you regain the natural function of a full set of teeth. Missing teeth will not only cause cosmetic issues, but oral health conditions can appear the longer you go without replacing them. With dentures, you can live more confidently with a smile that looks, feels and acts just like your natural dentition. At La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics in San Diego, Dr. Kohani can design and craft a customized pair of partial or full dentures, and with recent innovations in implant dentistry, he can ensure that they fit in with your lifestyle.

When Dentures are Necessary

When you were younger, it’s likely that you never thought you would need dentures, and it’s true that if you practice good oral hygiene and visit the dentist regularly, you can prevent almost all of the conditions that would lead to tooth loss and require dental restorations. However, dentures are more common than you might think, and if you are told that you need a full set or a partial, you are not alone. Obviously dentures are necessary when you’ve lost functionality in your teeth, but there are signs leading up to tooth loss that may increase your chances.

The most common cause of tooth loss, in one form or another, is gum disease. It starts with hardly any symptoms at all, but will lead to swollen, bleeding and tender gums in time. If left to progress, the gums will begin to recede and the jaw bone will atrophy to a point where the teeth can shift, loosen and fall out. Gum disease is preventable, but if you neglect certain hygiene practices or decide to skip the dentist, dentures could be in your future. It’s important to seek dental care if you are experiencing one or more problems with your teeth or jaw. Without it, your dentition could be severely affected and make almost any restorative care impossible.

Receiving Your New Dentures

Dentures don’t have to be inevitable, but if they are recommended for you, Dr. Kohani can create restorations that are comfortable and attractive. Both full and partial dentures are available depending your unique needs. A full denture is necessary when all of the teeth are either missing or require removal; a partial denture will be used if only a few teeth are missing. Both are capable of being retained by implants as well as creating a natural-looking smile.

We’ll begin with an initial consultation where we review your medical history and take x-rays to get a detailed view of your jaw bone. If implants are being placed to support your dentures, you will need a certain jawbone density in order for the implants to be supported properly. Additionally, if any teeth are remaining that would interfere with the fit of your dentures, they will be removed.

Dr. Kohani will also take impressions of your mouth in order to get an accurate view of how the dentures will fit on your gum line. Afterwards, the impressions are used to create custom dentures. If you are receiving implants, between four and six screws will be placed along the jaw. Your dentures can be designed to be supported by and attached to implants in order to keep them in place and make wearing dentures on a daily basis more comfortable.

Dentures can help you:

  • Smile naturally on a regular basis
  • Chew and digest food normally
  • Retain the strength of your jawbone
  • Maintain an aesthetically pleasing smile
  • Boost your self-confidence
  • Look and feel more youthful

It may take some time to get used to the feel of your new dentures, since they will not act like natural teeth at first. Dr. Kohani will work with you to make any adjustments that might be necessary for the best possible fit. Implant-supported dentures can help expedite any feelings of discomfort, but it also may be useful to practice smiling and speaking in front of a mirror with your new dentures in place so that you can get used to them. We also recommend easing into your regular eating habits with new dentures. Starting off with softer foods that are easier to swallow will make the transition better. If at any time you feel discomfort wearing your dentures, contact Dr. Kohani and speak with him about ways you can get the most out of your new teeth. He will work with you to find methods that will help you adjust and enjoy the benefits that dentures have to offer.

To learn more about your options with dentures or to find out whether dentures are right for you, contact La Jolla Cosmetic Dentistry & Orthodontics at 858-295-0603 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Kohani.