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Dentures Specialist

Derrick L. Thompson DDS

Family Dentist located in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, CA

If you’re missing any or all of your teeth, dentures are a convenient way to replace them. Modern dentures are a better option than ever to restore your smile. At his Beverly Grove, Los Angeles office, Derrick L. Thompson, DDS, provides dentures as a solution for missing teeth, including temporary, complete, and partial dentures. To be evaluated for dentures, call the office or use the online booking tool.

Dentures Q & A

What are the benefits of dentures?

Dentures are a quick, easy way to replace missing teeth and the surrounding tissue. They’re a nonsurgical solution if you’re missing most or all of your natural teeth. They can also be a temporary fix if you plan to get additional work later to replace missing or damaged teeth.

Though they’re not the same as natural teeth, modern dentures feel more comfortable and look more natural than ever. Dr. Thompson customizes them to fit your mouth properly.

What types of dentures are available?

Dr. Thompson can fit you for temporary, partial, or complete dentures:

Temporary dentures

Temporary dentures are appropriate if you’re missing one or a few teeth. If you plan to get a bridge or implant, those restorative dentistry solutions can sometimes take months to complete. A temporary denture, secured in place with wire, can fill the gap in your smile while you wait for your permanent replacement.

Complete dentures

Complete dentures replace a full set of missing teeth or all of your upper or lower teeth. If you have some natural teeth left, but they’re in danger, Dr. Thompson may extract them before fitting you for complete dentures.

Partial dentures

If you’re missing only a few teeth, and your remaining teeth are healthy enough to keep, you can replace your missing teeth with partial dentures. Partial dentures include a metal framework that holds them in place.

Dr. Thompson reviews your cosmetic and restorative dentistry options before moving forward with dentures. In some cases, implants, crowns, and other procedures may be more appropriate than dentures.

Is it difficult to wear dentures?

Dentures can take some getting used to. Dr. Thompson supports you as you adjust to your dentures. Most patients need about a month to get used to them, and after that, eating and speaking with your dentures start to feel more natural. 

Be sure to contact Dr. Thompson if you have any problems with your dentures. Though dentures can last several years with proper care, you can expect to replace your dentures eventually, so it’s important to have regular checkups with Dr. Thompson after getting dentures. You may need to have them repaired or adjusted before replacing them.

For more information on dentures and other cosmetic and restorative dentistry options, schedule an appointment with Derrick L. Thompson, DDS online or over the phone.