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James Van Sicklen, Jr. DDS

Family & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Stockton, CA

More than 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and close to 36 million don’t have any teeth at all. To remediate this issue, dentists all over the world have taken to providing their patients with dentures. The team at James Van Sicklen, Jr. DDS in Stockton, California, helps men and women across San Joaquin County find the best denture solution to restore their smile and chewing abilities. Go online or call the office today to book an appointment.

Dentures Q & A

What are dentures?

Dentures refer to prosthetic appliances that fill in for missing teeth. Designed for superior comfort, they’re removable and can easily be cleaned.

Although dentures don’t feel the same as your natural teeth, they get rid of unwanted gaps and protect your gums from decay, disease, and other injuries.

Without teeth, it can be challenging to eat the foods you’d like. Dentures restore your ability to chew, keep your bite strong and muscles stimulated, and prevent bone loss.

What are the different kinds of dentures?

Dr. Van Sicklen offers three kinds of dentures:

Traditional full denture

Before placing the denture, Dr. Van Sicklen cleans the affected area and removes any damaged or unwanted teeth. Afterward, you need to allow the area to heal. Traditional full dentures make this possible.

Immediate full denture

Immediate full dentures come in handy if you don’t want to ever see yourself without teeth. Before the extraction and cleaning procedure, Dr. Van Sicklen makes a mold of your teeth and immediately places a temporary denture. He then replaces the temporary denture when the permanent one is ready.

Partial denture

Partial dentures use metal posts to support them. Partial implants give you usage flexibility, meaning they’re removable for oral care.

What are implant retained dentures?

Implant retained dentures refer to the placement of permanent dental implants in your jawbone. These implants serve as a support for a fixed denture. If you don’t have enough natural teeth to hold the denture in place, Dr. Van Sicklen recommends implants to stabilize it.  

What do dentures feel like?

Dentures are manufactured to emulate your natural teeth as much as possible. That said, they’ll never feel the same as your natural teeth. You’ll need to retrain your mouth to keep the dentures in place.

The more time you spend getting used to them, the more comfortable they’ll feel long-term.

How long do dentures last?

Dentures can last close to a decade without needing adjustments. Over time, however, they might loosen up. This means that you need to get them relined or rebased, but this is a quick and noninvasive process.

Contact James Van Sicklen, Jr. DDS by phone or online to learn more about how dentures can restore your mouth’s full potential.