Dentures

Kevin D. Fong, DDS

Dentist located in Hayward, CA

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, a set of dentures is one of the best options available. At his office in Hayward, California, Dr. Kevin Fong provides removable full and partial dentures to fill gaps in your smile and improve functions like chewing and speaking. With dentures, you can regain a happy, healthy life after losing some or all of your teeth. To learn more about the benefits of dentures and to find out if you’re a good candidate, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Dentures Q & A

What are dentures?

Dentures are removable appliances that can be used to replace one or multiple missing teeth.

If you lose teeth from gum disease, trauma, or tooth decay, opting for dentures to replace missing teeth doesn’t just provide aesthetic benefits — it also helps you maintain good oral health.

They can be made to match the color, shape, and appearance of your natural teeth, helping restore your smile.

If you’re missing all of your teeth, full dentures can replace all of your natural teeth. Partial dentures and flex partial dentures can replace one or a few missing teeth.

Flex partial dentures are lightweight and don’t have metal clasps. Their flexible, fleshy bases allow for better adaptability to your mouth’s constant movements.

How do dentures work?

Once you and Dr. Fong decide on dentures, he takes impressions of your teeth at his office. Using those impressions, your dentures are custom made for you in a dental lab. They include a flesh-like acrylic base that fits over your gums and adjoined replacement teeth.

At a follow-up appointment, he helps fit you with your new dentures. New dentures often feel a bit uncomfortable for the first few weeks or even months after getting them.

Eating and speaking with them takes a little practice. A loose feeling is common while your cheek and tongue muscles adapt to supporting your new dentures.

What are the benefits of dentures?

When you lose your teeth, your facial muscles can droop, causing your face to look sunken. Dentures help fill out the appearance of your face and profile, as they closely resemble your natural teeth and help restore — or even enhance — your appearance.

Also, gaps in your teeth can lead to problems like shifting teeth and bone loss. Dentures fill gaps in your teeth and limit your risk of developing periodontal disease or tooth decay caused by teeth shifting.

Once you adjust to your dentures, they also make functions like chewing, speaking, and digesting much easier.

Your smile will benefit tremendously from dentures.

How long do dentures last?

Typically, dentures should last at least 5-8 years, but the lifespan of your dentures often depends on how well you care for them.

Treat your dentures like natural teeth. Be sure to brush and floss daily to get rid of food particles and plaque.

When you’re not wearing your dentures, keep them in a safe place, preferably in water.

If you’d like to learn more about full, partial, and flex partial dentures, call or schedule an initial consultation today.