Missing teeth can make it hard to speak or eat properly, and can also have a negative impact on your self-esteem. At Foothill Dental Care, Dr. Jean Lee can create custom dentures that can restore your smile at an affordable cost. Many people turn to her for dentures, often after seeing how her work changed the life of a friend or family member. If you live in or around Tujunga, California, call or use the online tool to schedule an initial consultation. We also accept patients from Sunland-Tujunga, Sunland and from surrounding neighborhoods.
Dentures fall into two types: full or partial. A full set of dentures replaces all of your teeth, while a partial set only replaces some missing teeth.
Dr. Lee can help you decide which type is right for you. She outlines the pros and cons of each approach and estimates the total cost.
She takes a conservative approach to dentistry and prefers to preserve as many of your natural teeth as possible. However, in some circumstances, there’s too much decay or damage to save your remaining teeth, and a full set of dentures is the best course of action.
In some cases, people have learned to live without a full set of natural teeth over the course of many years. They may have adapted to speaking and chewing with their remaining teeth.
After getting a new set of dentures, it may take some time to adjust to the new shape of your mouth. You may need to make small changes in the way that you bite, chew, or speak. These changes all lead to improved function and appearance, however, and are well worth the effort.
The process begins with a complete dental exam. Dr. Lee determines if she needs to address any decay before getting fitted for dentures. If you have teeth that require removal, there will be a period of healing that takes place before your dentures are crafted.
Dr. Lee takes careful measurements and molds of your bite. These help the dental lab customize your dentures to the contours of your mouth.
Once the dentures arrive, you come in for a fitting. Dr. Lee checks to make sure that your dentures fit properly, and files down any areas that are creating gum discomfort.
It may take a few weeks for your gums to get used to the new dentures, so you may be asked to come back in for a final fit check.
If you have additional questions or concerns, schedule a consultation to learn more about dentures, and find out if they are right for you.