Dentures

South Bay Prosthodontics

Prosthodontists located in Torrance, CA

Dentures are more than just artificial teeth — they’re a ticket to a renewed sense of confidence and improved quality of life. MariaElena Rodriguez, DDS, Michelle Ikoma, DDS, and the team at South Bay Prosthodontics in Torrance, California, are impeccably skilled in delivering dentures that exceed patient expectations. Whether you’re new to dentures or are looking to improve an existing set, South Bay Prosthodontics can help. To learn more, schedule an appointment today by calling the office.

Dentures Q & A

What are dentures?

Dentures are oral appliances that improve your smile and oral health by replacing missing teeth. Depending on your needs, dentures can replace all of the teeth in your smile or just some of your teeth. 

Dentures are typically composed of porcelain or composite prosthetic teeth and are attached to an acrylic base. Thanks to technological developments in modern dentistry, today’s dentures are much more advanced, comfortable, and natural-looking than in the past.

What type of dentures do you offer?

At South Bay Prosthodontics, we offer several types of dentures, including:

Full upper and lower dentures

Full or complete dentures replace all of the teeth on the top or bottom of your mouth. Their base rests on your gums and is held in place by either suction or adhesive. 

Partial dentures

Partial dentures are used to replace missing teeth in your mouth. Unlike a full denture that replaces all of your missing teeth, a partial denture can replace as few as one missing tooth.

Implant-retained dentures

Implant-retained dentures are held in place by dental implants, which are artificial tooth roots made from titanium. 

Dental implants fuse with your jawbone to provide an incredibly sturdy and comfortable support system for your dentures. 

Implant-retained dentures also have the added benefit of providing you with the ability to eat things comfortably without the worry of your dentures moving or falling out.

How do full upper and lower dentures feel?

Dentures take a lot of getting used to. Some patients report feeling like they have marbles in their mouth, and that they feel loose or bulky for the first few weeks. 

This is actually an expected sensation, as the muscles in your mouth need time to adjust and learn how to properly hold your dentures in place. 

During your adjustment period, you might notice increased saliva flow. In rare cases, you might experience soreness or temporary nausea. This discomfort typically resolves within a few weeks, after which you’ll actually feel better when eating or speaking. 

After the adjustment period, most denture patients actually feel more awkward when they’re not wearing their dentures.

Even if you did not get your dentures at South Bay Prosthodontics, you can still visit the office to have your dentures evaluated. The highly trained dental experts produce impeccable work and can make your dentures look and feel better than ever. 

Improve your smile with dentures today by calling South Bay Prosthodontics.

How do “fixed”, implant-supported dentures feel?

Unlike traditional dentures, fixed dentures that sit on top of dental implants feel much more like your natural teeth from the very beginning. With implant-supported dentures, the roof of your mouth is not covered; the teeth are screwed directly into the implants. 

Overall, implant-supported dentures have less material than traditional dentures, because only the teeth are being replaced. 

Even if you did not get your dentures at South Bay Prosthodontics, you can still visit the office to have your dentures evaluated. The highly trained dental experts produce impeccable work and can make your dentures look and feel better than ever. 

Improve your smile with dentures today by calling South Bay Prosthodontics.