Frequently Asked Questions regarding Sunnyvale dentures

August 10, 2016

Your Sunnyvale dentist, Dr. George T. Philip, expertly crafts dentures for people missing teeth due to accident, decay or gum disease. Patients enjoy normalized eating and speech. They love their more youthful facial appearances, too!

Learn all about dentures

If you think dentures are in your future, read these FAQS about this traditional tooth replacement option. Sunnyvale dentist, George T. Philip DMD,  believes in keeping his skills, and those of his staff, up to date with continuing education. He wishes the same for his patients and does all he can to keep them informed on preventive dentistry and on any restorative or cosmetic procedures they receive.

FAQs about Sunnyvale dentures

What kinds of dentures are there? Dentures are as individualized as the patients who wear them. Custom-made according to oral impressions from natural-looking and durable acrylic (and metal in the case of partial dentures), dentures come in many types. Partial dentures replace several teeth on a single arch. Full dentures replace an entire arch of teeth. They may be placed immediately after extraction or after a period of healing as in the case of conventional dentures. Dr. Philip also offers very stable dental implant-supported dentures.

How long do dentures last? With good at-home oral hygiene and twice yearly check-ups with Dr. Philip, Sunnyvale dentures last 7 to 10 years or more. Over time, denture fit changes, necessitating relining or a completely new appliance.

How do you care for dentures? Just like anything in your mouth, your dentures collect plaque from the foods you eat,  and bacteria grows in this biofilm.  So, as with natural teeth, dentures need twice a day brushing. Use an ADAapproved denture paste and soft brush, and be sure to clean all denture surfaces. Soak them overnight in water or in an over the counter denture soak so they do not become brittle or fracture. Rinse your dentures thoroughly after eating. If denture fit changes and sore spots develop on the gums, see Dr. Philip for an adjustment and check on the health of your soft oral tissues.

Does facial appearance and speech change with dentures? Facial appearance changes for the better when people start wearing dentures. Smile gaps are filled, and facial muscles are supported for less skin sag and wrinkling. Bite height is normalized, too. Additionally, while speech slurs a bit at first, people speak clearly and normally again very quickly after getting new prosthetics.

What can I eat with dentures?

People who wear implant-supported dentures can eat whatever they choose. People who wear traditional dentures held in place by the suction of the mouth pretty much eat whatever they want, too, but may benefit from cutting food into small pieces. Also, when they bite into food such as apples or corn on the cob, they may use a small amount of denture adhesive to stabilize their appliances.

Get the best Sunnyvale dentures

They are available from George T. Philip DMD who takes the time to fully assess his patients oral health needs and cosmetic goals, too. Together, doctor and patient arrive at the best denture type and fit. For a restorative dentistry consultation, contact Dr. George T. Philips office staff today.

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