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Dentures Specialist

Stephen Hiroshige, DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Gardena, CA

Dentures are the oldest known form of tooth replacement, and the fastest, easiest, and most affordable way to replace a number of missing teeth all at once. Stephen Hiroshige, DDS, a caring and compassionate general dentist in Gardena, California, fits you for custom-designed dentures or refers you to local specialists for implant-supported dentures. To restore your smile quickly and easily, phone Dr. Hiroshige’s helpful staff or set up an appointment using the online scheduling form.

Dentures Q & A

What are dentures?

Dentures are a set of prosthetic teeth that slip over your empty gums. Dr. Hiroshige recommends dentures so that you can easily and quickly replace an entire arch or both arches of missing teeth. He may also recommend partial dentures if you have significant tooth loss but still have several healthy teeth in place.

What kinds of dentures are available?

Whether you’re looking for replacement dentures or are getting dentures for the first time, Dr. Hiroshige helps you find the right dentures for your current needs. Types of dentures include:

Full-arch, conventional dentures

Conventional dentures are prosthetic teeth in an acrylic base that mimics your gums. They go over your gums and may be secured with adhesive.

Partial dentures

Partial dentures are false teeth that are set in an acrylic base to replace several teeth, but not an entire arch. 


Overdentures are dentures that leave spaces for, and slip over, existing natural teeth. 

Implant-supported dentures

For extra stability, these dentures attach to surgically inserted dental implants.

Immediate dentures

Your dentist takes impressions for immediate dentures shortly before your tooth extractions so that you can replace your teeth immediately after your surgery. If you opt for immediate dentures, you may undergo a series of adjustments and re-fittings as your gums heal.

What are the advantages of dentures?

Dentures are the most affordable way to replace your missing teeth and protect your gums from infection. Today’s dentures look more natural than ever and fit so snugly that they stay in place when you eat, smile, and talk.

What are the disadvantages of dentures?

Dentures are a temporary tooth replacement system. You must remove them every night for cleaning and soaking. Your mouth and tongue need time to adjust to them, and they may affect your speech and eating habits for the first few weeks after placement.

Why do I need to reline my dentures?

Over time, the part of the dentures that fit over your gums wears down, which may interfere with the fit and comfort. Dr. Hiroshige relines your dentures so that they fit comfortably and snugly again. You may need to wear a temporary pair of dentures while your custom-fitted dentures are being relined.

If you want to smile, laugh, and eat with a full set of teeth again, contact Dr. Hiroshige about dentures. Phone his friendly office team or use the online scheduling form.