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Dentures & Partial Dentures

If you are missing most or all of your teeth, dentures can improve your oral health and quality of life. These appliances make it easier to chew food and speak clearly. They support the facial structures to prevent a sagging, prematurely aged appearance. In addition, they can prevent any remaining teeth from shifting around in the mouth and causing pain and complications. Dr. Andrew Hunter’s El Cajon dentures patients enjoy handcrafted, well-fitting dentures that recreate the look and feel of a healthy smile.

When Are Dentures Needed?

Dentures are typically recommended to patients that have lost most or all of their teeth, usually due to tooth decay, gum disease, trauma or illness.

T​raditional or full dentures replace all of the teeth on the upper or lower jaw (or both). The appliances contain artificial teeth fitted to an acrylic base that resembles healthy gums. Upper dentures cover the roof of the mouth and lower dentures are horseshoe-shaped and sit on the gum and bone tissue. Full dentures may be removable or fixed in the mouth.

Partial dentures are designed to fit into gaps left by several missing teeth. Several artificial teeth are attached to a plastic base that matches the gums and may cover a metal framework. Partial dentures usually have a clasp that attaches to the natural teeth to hold the appliance in place. A partial denture appliance may be removable or fixed into place.

Fitting and Placement of Dentures

Fitting and placing your dentures may require several dental visits in order to plan and achieve the right fit. Your dentures will be handcrafted to your exact specifications; they will complement your appearance and feel very comfortable and secure in your mouth.

Dr. Hunter might need to extract a few remaining natural teeth prior to the fitting and placement of your dentures. If this is the case, he will allow your gums some time to heal before placing your dentures. This could take several weeks or months, depending on how many teeth are extracted. Temporary immediate dentures may be placed so you do not have to go “toothless” during this time.

Dr. Hunter will take impressions of your bite and consult with you about the desired shape and color of your dentures. He will send this information to the dental laboratory tasked with creating and customizing your dentures. You will receive temporary immediate dentures to wear in the meantime. Once your permanent dentures are ready, Dr. Hunter will replace your temporary dentures. He will make on-the-spot adjustments as needed to ensure a comfortable and secure fit and a flawless appearance.

Some dentures are fixed into the mouth with dental implant posts. If this is the case, it will take a few months to surgically place the implant posts that hold the dentures. Several posts will be placed throughout your upper or lower jaw (or both); after they heal, the dentures will be attached to the tops of the posts.

Dr. Hunter will give you comprehensive instructions for caring for your dentures. He will also want to see you regularly to check the fit and your bite.

Learn More about Dentures

If you would like more information about replacing some or all of your teeth with dentures, please contact Dr. Hunter’s practice and request a consultation. Call (619) 444-6157 or email us today.