Restorative dentistry combines function and aesthetics, giving you a stable, confident smile even if you need dentures. Dr. Gistaro and our Chula Vista dental team provide personalized denture services that meet the needs and comfort levels of our patients.
Dr. Gistaro has more than 38 years of experience in creating one-of-a-kind, natural-looking dentures. Our in-office Chula Vista denture lab technician and on-site lab allows the denture-fabrication process to be quick and reliable, resulting in dentures that fit and function optimally. All our custom dentures are made with the best materials in denture fabrication. Each tooth is set individually to ensure the denture looks as natural as possible.
Because we have an on-site lab, we can also perform very fast denture repairs, usually within two to three hours, depending on the nature of the repair.
What are dentures?
A denture is a removable prosthetic device that is constructed to sit on the soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity (gums). The removable prosthetic device is used to replace missing teeth in the mouth. Dentures can help patients achieve better facial appearance by replacing and filling in areas in the mouth where there are missing teeth. They also help patients’ ability to chew, speak, laugh, and smile.
There are two types of dentures: full and partial.
- Full dentures replace the entire dentition, meaning that all the natural teeth have been removed. If extractions are needed, the gum tissue will need to heal before conventional full dentures are placed, a process that can take several months. Immediate full dentures can be placed immediately after the teeth have been removed, though you may require frequent adjustments during the first few of months of use to ensure a proper fit. Implant-supported dentures are fixed to the gums by mini implants. For patients with an uncomfortable or loose-fitting denture, stabilizing it with mini implants can be a more comfortable and functional solution.
- Partial dentures replace only the missing teeth and are retained by grasping the remaining teeth as needed. Partial dentures are considered a removable alternative to bridges.
How do I know if dentures are the right choice for me?
Dr. Gistaro and our in-house denture lab team work together to create a treatment plan that will retain as many of your natural teeth as possible. If you suffer from advanced gum disease or extensive decay, dentures can be a very reliable way to give you the comfort and aesthetics you want.
Keep in mind that any time you remove natural teeth, there are adjustments to the feel and use of the prosthesis. You may not be able to chew the same way as you did with natural teeth, but with practice, you will able to chew most anything. For a more natural-feeling prosthesis, we may recommend implant-supported dentures, as they are very secure and provide a good chewing surface.
Dentures are not for everyone. If you're interested in learning more about dentures and want to know if they are the right choice for you, please schedule an appointment with our denture specialist, Dr. Gistaro, at our Chula Vista dental office. Our team will be happy to answer any questions you might have, and can determine the best course of treatment for your ongoing dental health.
Routine cleaning of your dentures is required to keep the odors and bacteria controlled. Here are our suggestions to help you keep your dentures clean and your smile healthy:
- When handling your dentures, stand over a clean, folded towel or a sink full of water. This way, if you accidentally drop your dentures, they are less likely to break.
- Your dentures are not immune from plaque and tartar build-up, so it's important that you brush your dentures every day. To brush your dentures, use a soft-bristled brush and gently brush the surfaces of the dentures, being careful not to break or bend the plastic. Between brushings, it's important to rinse your dentures after each meal.
- There are many commercial cleaners available to clean your dentures. We can recommend several, but we also suggest placing the denture in a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water for several hours once a week. That helps to remove calcium buildup.
- When you are not wearing your dentures, they need to be kept moist. Dentures that are not kept in a denture cleaning solution or in water can dry out, lose their shape, or even crack and break. Certain styles of dentures require certain soaking solutions, so be sure to ask Dr. Gistaro which solution is best for you.
- Even if you have a full set of dentures, it's important to keep your gums and tongue clean. Be sure to use a soft-bristled brush to gently clean your gums and tongue every day.
- If you have implant-supported dentures, you need keep them cleaned and visit our Chula Vista dental office every three to six months to make sure the implants are cleaned professionally. Implants can still get gum disease.
If by chance your dentures do break, please contact our Chula Vista dental practice and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Broken dentures that don't fit properly can cause irritation to your gums and mouth. Also, remember to continue scheduling regular dental checkups every six months to make sure that your denture fits well and your gums are healthy.
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