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Willits Modern Dentistry is the place to go for residents of Willits and the surrounding areas who need restorative and cosmetic dentistry, including dentures.


Dentures FAQs

Why Would I Need Dentures?

Dentures can replace multiple missing or lost teeth. If left unattended for too long, severe decay, badly broken teeth or gum disease can result in the loss of most or all of your teeth.

This causes functional problems. Because you can’t chew food properly, it may lead to digestive problems or nutritional deficiencies.

Dentures also make speech clearer. Without teeth, the facial muscles begin to sag prematurely, which makes you look much older; dentures can correct this problem and improve your appearance.


What Different Types of Dentures Are Available?

The three kinds of dentures are: conventional, immediate and overdentures. Conventional dentures are likely what you think of—they’re completely removable.

To allow your gums appropriate time for healing, these dentures are not inserted in the mouth until several months after your teeth have been extracted. Fortunately, this means that conventional dentures don’t usually have to be modified or refitted.

Immediate dentures, on the other hand, are inserted right after surgery. These dentures sometimes need to be adjusted or remade, as they may not fit as well once full healing has occurred.

An overdenture is used when some teeth remain; it fits over the remaining teeth.


How Should I Take Care of My Dentures?

Having dentures doesn’t mean you’re off the hook for attending to your oral health. You’ll still need to brush your mouth, palate, tongue and gums with a toothbrush and toothpaste at least once a day. Plaque can form on gums as well as teeth.

Brushing also stimulates the circulation in the mouth. You should rinse your dentures and brush them with a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive cleaner. Store your dentures in a covered, water-filled container then you aren’t wearing them.


How Do I Keep My Dentures Stationary?

If you have healthy bones and mouth tissues, properly fitted dentures should stay in place. Otherwise, you may prefer or need dentures adhesives.

Denture adhesives are available over-the-counter in creams, pads, strips or liquid forms. If your dentures are very loose or cause sore spots, our doctors can adjust them.