Michelle de la Vega, DDS -  - Family Dentistry

Genesis Dentistry Dental Group

Michelle de la Vega, DDS

Family Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Santa Clara, CA

Decay, gum disease, and other oral health complications can lead to tooth extractions. When that happens, you need to choose replacement teeth to keep adequately chewing and speaking. At Genesis Dentistry Dental Group in Santa Clara, California, one of your options is removable dentures that come in several varieties. Michelle de la Vega, DDS, helps you select between flexible dentures, rigid dentures, implant-supported dentures, and more. To restore your full smile with dentures, call or click to book a consultation at Genesis Dentistry Dental Group today.

Dentures Q & A

What are dentures?

Dentures are sets of false teeth that you can remove at any time. You can get dentures for all or just some of your teeth. Sets of dentures that replace a whole row of teeth are called full dentures, while dentures that replace one or just a few teeth are called partials.

Each set of dentures consists of false teeth and false gum tissue, typically both made of solid resin. They’re strong enough for you to chew while wearing them, but you must take proper care of them to make sure they don’t break. To keep them looking spotless and fresh, you must replace them every five years.

What types of dentures are available?

At Genesis Dentistry Dental Group, Dr. de la Vega provides several types of dentures to give you a full smile. Some denture options include:

Implant-supported dentures

Implant-supported dentures click onto implants in your jawbone. They’re most often used for the bottom row of teeth since dentures are harder to keep in place there. They remain stable throughout your day, but are still easy to remove.

Flexible dentures

Flexible dentures still contain a hard material for the teeth, but the false gums are made with a soft, clear nylon material that feels more comfortable in your mouth and is harder to break.

One-day temporary dentures

One-day temporary dentures are only necessary when you have teeth extracted and are awaiting your permanent custom dentures. Dr. de la Vega makes them before your extraction or another dental procedure so they’re ready to fit into your mouth immediately. 

Dr. de la Vega also offers nighttime mouthguards to protect your remaining teeth and gums from grinding and snore guards to shift your jaw open and improve snoring while you sleep.

How should I keep my dentures clean?

One of the main benefits of getting dentures to replace your missing teeth instead of implants, bridges, and other options is that they’re removable. This makes them easy to clean and you can easily access your gums and remaining natural teeth to keep them clean, too.

To clean your dentures, you should:

  • Remove them
  • Rinse them
  • Brush them with a soft brush
  • Use only mild soap or denture cleaner
  • Rinse again

While your dentures are out, you must also thoroughly brush your gums and remaining teeth, but you can still use toothpaste and a toothbrush for them.

If you prefer replacement teeth that you can take out, request a consultation for dentures at Genesis Dentistry Dental Group by phone or online today.

Notes: Implant-supported dentures, flexible dentures, one-day temporary dentures, night guard/snore guard