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By Ashley Harrison, DDS
May 18, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Many patients want to know if dentures are a good option for replacing missing teeth. The answer depends on a number of factors. For denturesinstance, your age, dental health and goals for your smile are considerations. Schedule time to discuss these various factors with Dr. Ashley Harrison, a general and cosmetic dentist practicing in Chico, CA.

What Are Dentures?
Dentures are dental appliances that allow patients to restore their full smiles. They are made of plastic material that’s designed to mimic the appearance of your natural teeth and gums. There are two main types—full and partial. Full (also called complete) dentures are the solution when the patient is missing an entire row of teeth—they suction over the gumline. Partial dentures only have one or a few teeth and snap onto the remaining teeth. They can be removed when needed.

Are They a Good Option?
Dentures are a good option for some patients—particularly those who have advanced bone loss in addition to their tooth loss, and need replacement teeth to eat and talk normally. Generally, if you’ve gone a long time with a missing tooth, there’s a good chance that your Chico dentist will recommend dentures. They are most commonly prescribed to seniors, but young adults can sometimes benefit from partial devices.

Getting Fitted for Dentures
If your dentist determines that you are a good candidate for dentures at your initial exam, you will go through a two or three-step process:

1) A dental mold will be taken of your mouth so that custom dentures can be designed.
2) You’ll return to your Chico dentist a few weeks later to have your dentures fitted and adjusted (if needed).
3) In some cases, complete dentures will be modified again to ensure the perfect, most comfortable fit.

A Full Smile Again
If you’ve been living with missing or weak and decayed teeth that will need to be extracted, talk to Dr. Harrison at her Chico, CA, dentist office. Call (530) 894-5454 today to find out if dentures are a good choice for you.

By Ashley Harrison, DDS
August 01, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Dentures not only improve your smile, but also provide a few other important benefits. Ashley Harrison, D.D.S., your Chico, CA, dentist, isdentures here to explain the advantages dentures offer.

Restored ability to bite and chew

Without teeth, it's difficult to bite and chew foods. Some people resort to a soft foods diet, while others swallow foods whole. Unfortunately, swallowing food without chewing it thoroughly can lead to an upset stomach and other gastrointestinal problems. Dentures allow you to eat many of your favorite foods again, although you may not be able to eat very hard foods. Luckily, you can still enjoy these foods if you cook them first to soften them.

Better speech

A complete set of teeth is essential for clear speech. Your lips, tongue, and teeth work together to help you form words. When many teeth are missing, it's hard to pronounce words correctly, and your speech may sound slurred. Full dentures improve your ability to speak and help you feel more confident when speaking in public.

Improved self-confidence

When you've lost all or most of your teeth, it's only natural to feel self-conscious about your appearance. Dentures restore your self-confidence and help you feel more comfortable in social settings. Since your dentures are custom-made for you, you can be assured that they'll look perfectly natural from the moment you place them in your mouth.

Less facial sagging

Losing your teeth can affect the way your face looks. Your teeth help support your cheek muscles and give your face a fuller appearance. When you wear dentures, you'll be less likely to experience significant sagging that can make you look older.

Reduced wear on natural teeth

Wear and tear on your teeth can be significant if you only have a few remaining natural teeth. When you augment those teeth with partial dentures, you'll take some of the pressure off them and help ensure that they remain healthy.

Contact Your Chino, CA Dentist

Interested in learning if dentures are a good choice for you? Call Ashley Harrison, D.D.S., your Chico, CA, dentist, at (530) 894-5454 to schedule an appointment. Restore your smile with dentures!

By Ashley Harrison, DDS
February 08, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Discover how dentures could give you a complete and beautiful smile again.

It’s amazing how many millions of Americans are suffering from tooth loss. Maybe you are one of them. But what if your Chico, CA denturesdentist, Dr. Ashley Harrison, told you that this isn’t a problem you just have to put up with? That’s right! Dental prosthetics is one way countless people are getting their smiles back. Find out more about dentures and whether they are right for you.

About Dentures

Dentures are removable dental prosthetics that are designed to replace some or all of your missing teeth. If you’ve been looking for a way to replace your missing teeth, then dentures could be the treatment you’ve been looking for. Dentures can renew your appearance and improve the look of your smile. A denture will also make it easier to speak and chew than it ever was with missing teeth.

There are two types of dentures: full or partial. Partial dentures are recommended if a patient still has some natural teeth remaining while complete dentures are recommended for patients that don’t have any healthy teeth left.

Things to Consider Before Choosing Dentures

It’s important to know more about what it’s like to have dentures so you can decide if it’s right for you. Here are some factors to think about before you talk to your Chico cosmetic dentist Dr. Harrison about dentures:

  • It may take a couple weeks to adjust to your new teeth. You may also notice some minor soreness while wearing them in the beginning until your mouth becomes accustomed to them.
  • You will need to see us for follow-up visits to check the fit of your dentures and to perform any necessary adjustments so they fit more comfortably.
  • Even though dentures are artificial restorations, you will still need to practice good oral hygiene. This means brushing your gums, tongue, and other soft tissue every morning before placing your dentures. You’ll also need to brush and clean your dentures each day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a gentle cleanser.
  • Dentures may slip around a bit while eating or speaking. Just like anything else, it will take some getting use to. Talk to us if you are having an issues or concerns about your new dentures.
  • Dentures provide a fast, simple, painless and inexpensive way to replace all of your missing teeth. While they may not offer all the benefits that other treatments, like implants can, not everyone is a candidate for implants. Many people can be good candidates for dentures.

Have questions about dentures? Want to know if this is the right treatment option for you? Then it’s time you talked to your cosmetic dentist in Chico, CA. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.

By Ashley Harrison, DDS
January 26, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentures  

Taking proper care of your dentures is vital to maintaining a healthy mouth and prolonging the life of your dentures. Ashley Harrison, DDS in Chico wants you to know the key aspects to caring for your dentures.

Handle your Dentures Very Carefully

Dentures can break easily so it is important to handle them with care. When you remove your dentures you should do so over a Denturessink filled with water or over a towel. This should help keep them from breaking if you drop them. Also be sure not to bend the fasteners while you are cleaning them.

Brush your Dentures Everyday

Brushing your dentures will remove food, plaque, and prevent staining. Gently brush using a soft-bristled brush designed for dentures. Be careful not to damage any part of your dentures as you brush them.

Rinse your Dentures after Meals

You should remove your dentures after each meal and rinse them under water in the sink. Filling the sink with some water first will help prevent damage if you accidentally drop them. Rinsing them will remove food particles, and keep your dentures and mouth fresh and clean.

Soak your Dentures Overnight

Dentures should be kept moist. If they are allowed to dry out, they may lose their shape. Soak them in water or in a denture soaking solution overnight. Dr. Harrison will recommend what is best for the type of dentures you have. If you use a denture soaking solution, be sure to rinse your dentures off with water in the morning before putting them back in your mouth.

Keep your Mouth Healthy

When you remove your dentures, you should use a soft-bristle brush to brush any natural teeth you may have. You should also clean your tongue, the roof of your mouth, and the inside of your cheeks with a toothbrush or gauze. Use gentle strokes; you don't want to damage the tissue in your mouth.

Schedule your Check-Ups

You should continue to have regular dental check-ups. Dr. Harrison will let you know how often you should come in. She will check to make sure your mouth is healthy and that your dentures are fitting properly.

If you are having any problems with your dentures, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (530) 894-5454. In Chico, Dr. Harrison will help you care for your dentures. Call us today!