Many Carmichael residents have searched our website for information from our dentists about dentures. Therefore, we would like to correct and clarify some misconceptions about dentures. Also, it is important to care for dentures, and your mouth, properly. Dentures are an investment in your health and your smile, so you want to take good care of them.

Dentures Should Fit Well

Conventional dentures should fit securely, even though they have no attachment points to your jaw. While it takes a few weeks to get used to them, after your jaw, cheek and tongue muscles become accustomed to them, your dentures should be snug. Only when you start to wear dentures should a denture adhesive be necessary. If you need adhesive after the break-in period, or at some later point, your dentures need to be refit. Our local Carmichael office, with an in-house dental lab, can make sure your dentures are readjusted properly.

Dental implant technology offers the opportunity to have “snap in” or “snap on” dentures. Four implants are usually placed in the lower jaw and the upper jaw. These implants hold the dentures fast and help preserve jawbone density. Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants, but the dentists at the Marconi Dental Group prefer to install dentures using this method whenever possible.

Dentures Take Practice

Whenever you put something in your mouth, even something that fits the teeth tightly (like Invisalign, a mouthguard or a retainer), it will affect your speech in the beginning. In the case of full dentures, all your teeth have been extracted in your upper or lower jaw, or both. Your speech may already have been affected by missing teeth. Even with the installation of dentures designed to closely mimic your former dentition, they will take some getting used to. With practice, your speech will return to what it was when you had a full set of teeth. Some people have been missing their teeth for so long that adding dentures actually ends up improving their speech greatly.

Practicing With Dentures

Some ideas for improving your speech after receiving dentures include:

  • Read out loud.
  • Note words you have trouble with and practice saying them in a mirror.
  • Speak a little more slowly at first.

As you work in front of the mirror, note how much better your smile looks! Note how dentures are a great improvement over missing teeth. They keep the mouth looking “full,” which prevents the sunken look that is a sign of aging.

Our next article will examine the question of how to care for your dentures. Also, protecting your dental investment is important, but it is also necessary to protect your mouth. Even though dentures replace your teeth, you still need to brush your mouth regularly. More information on this subject will appear soon in another blog post from the Marconi Dental Group.

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Dr. Fischer

Dr. Fischer comes from Sandy City Utah, where he graduated from the University of Utah with a background in Medical Biology. Dr. Fischer then was awarded his DDS degree from Loma Linda University here in California. Prior to that, Dr. Fischer worked alongside his father for several years as a design engineer at his father’s dental company. Dr. Fischer has a strong passion for dentistry, he believes in providing his patients with the most modern and up-to-date procedures, and he truly enjoys the variations of procedures he gets to perform daily.

When not practicing dentistry, he can be found spending time with his family. Dr. Fischer and his wife Brittany have twins Kaitly and Kyle, and son Johnny. Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Fischer is also a true adventurist. He has travelled to many countries and enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, para gliding, camping, and hunting just to name a few.

Headshot of Dr. Y. Vinny Huang at Marconi Dental Group

Dr. Huang

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang received his Degree in Dental Surgery in his hometown of Taipei, Taiwan and then went on to receive his Masters in Science and Postgraduate Certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.

He has been practicing dentistry since 1992 and his area of specialty is Prosthodontics, the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems. Prosthodontics involves the restoration of missing teeth and jaw structure. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang is also a Diplomate of the (ABP) American Board of Prosthodontics and an active member of the (CDA) California Dental Association and the (AAFP) American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and a fellow of the (ACP) American College of Prosthodontists. He is also fluent in Mandarin!

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang was fortunate enough to find his calling at a young age. He grew up watching his grandmother struggle with her dentures on many occasions and has been determined to help others just like her ever since. He is truly passionate about his work and finds great joy in creating beautiful smiles for his patients whether it be on their own or with the help of dental implants. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang makes it his personal mission to educate his patients and community on the importance of oral health and does so with honesty, professionalism and care.

When Dr. Y. Vinny Huang isn’t practicing dentistry or assisting the community, you will find him spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys being outdoors and staying active whether it be swimming, golfing or playing tennis.

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Dr. Visagé

Dr. Visagé graduated his dental degree from University of Pretoria in South Africa (1999). He practiced general dentistry in South Africa and England until 2002. He went on and completed a residency program in Periodontics and Oral Medicine, in South Africa to attain his Masters degree in 2006. He established a successful private specialist practice in Periodontics and Dental Implants. During that time he also served as secretary of the South African Society of Periodontology and still holds specialist registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

 

In 2014, Dr. Visagé and his family relocated to California, and he was invited to the prestigious Program for International Dentists at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In 2015, he received the OKU Dental Honour Society Dr Kramer S Award from the UCSF School of Dentistry. In 2016 he received the Dental Honour Society Membership Award and also the Award for Clinical Excellence & Mentoring (UCSF).  He obtained his American Doctorate of Dental Surgery (UCSF) in 2016.

 

The most enjoyable part of his work is getting to know the patients and being able to play a role in improving oral health, which contributes to quality of life. He is truly passionate about dentistry, but strikes a balance between his professional and personal lives.  He maintains his fitness through running, biking and hiking with his family. 

Dr. Visagé and his wife Karlien, have  a  daughter and a son.  When time allows, he and his family enjoys travelling and spending time together. They travel to South Africa as often as time allows, but also enjoy road trips in the USA.