Dentures and Partials from the Dentist Houston Trusts
After significant tooth loss, tooth replacement with a denture or partial restores a patient’s ability to eat, speak, and smile with total confidence. Non-implant retained dentures look and feel just like regular teeth, and dentures held in place by dental implants provide extra stability for a longer lasting solution to tooth loss. The team at Houston Uptown Dentists provides this tooth replacement option from the comfort of our office. Learn more about dentures and request an appointment with your dentist in Houston today!
What Are Dentures?
A denture is a row of prosthetic teeth made of plastic. The prosthetic is attached to a base (often made of metal) that looks just like your gums. A complete denture replaces an entire row of teeth in the upper or lower jaw, and a partial denture takes the place of multiple teeth missing from anywhere in the mouth. When not retained by dental implants, a full partial is held in place with natural suction. A denture adhesive can provide additional stability for the complete denture. A partial denture stays in place using metal brackets, fitting in with the surrounding natural teeth like a missing puzzle piece.
To create your denture, your Houston Uptown Dentists will evaluate the extent of your tooth loss and take impressions, x-rays, and images of your oral structures (including your jawbone and any existing natural teeth). We will send this information off to our trusted lab, where your denture is crafted by experts. The entire process for a denture may take several weeks and multiple visits to our office -- and we may be able to fit you with a temporary prosthetic to use in the meantime.
Dental Implant-Retained Dentures
While traditional dentures provide an effective replacement option for many patients, dental implants in Houston offer superior stability and a longer lasting solution. After tooth loss, the jawbone gradually loses its volume as the bone tissue senses it is no longer needed to support teeth. But dental implants replace the tooth’s roots as well as the visible crown, providing necessary stimulation for the jaw bone. Thanks to this comprehensive approach, teeth replaced by an implant-retained denture promote better oral health compared to a traditional denture. When cared for properly, teeth restored by dental implants can last for a lifetime.
The benefits of an implant-retained denture include:
- Superior fit
- No need for denture adhesives
- Closely mimic the natural tooth structure
- Last a lifetime
Many patients are eligible candidates for dental implants. If your tooth loss is recent and you are in good oral and overall health, chances are good that you can undergo the procedure for dental implants, too. Schedule an appointment at Houston Uptown Dentists to find out for sure whether or not you are eligible for implant dentistry.
In cases of significant tooth loss -- like for people who need a partial or complete denture -- placing an individual dental implant for each missing tooth would often be prohibitively expensive and invasive. Fortunately, with strategic planning and expert placement, we can support a partial or full denture on fewer dental implants. Your implant dentist at Houston Uptown Dentists will talk you through your treatment plan so you know just how many dental implants to expect.
Patients who have removable dentures will need to maintain proper hygiene to ensure their tooth replacement functions properly for years to come. Dentures should be worn throughout the day and taken out and soaked during sleep. Clean your denture after each meal, and brush and floss the natural teeth before putting the denture back in. You can use a mild hand soap or special denture cleaner to remove bacteria and food particles from the prosthetic. Using a regular toothpaste, however, is too abrasive and may scratch the denture. Take care when handling the denture to avoid dropping it on hard surfaces.
With regular care and maintenance, a non-implant retained denture will need to be replaced every six or seven years as the jawbone gradually diminishes as a result of the missing teeth. A denture retained by dental implants can last for a lifetime. Schedule an appointment with your dentist right away if your denture becomes loose, uncomfortable, or if it rubs sore spots in your gums.
Adjusting to Your Denture
It may take some time to get used to your new denture. Wearers of traditional, non-implant retained dentures in Houston often need a few weeks to adjust to their new tooth replacement. Sore gums and excessive saliva production are not unusual at first, but should subside after some time. Be patient and wear your denture as recommended to speed through this initial period. Cut your food into smaller pieces, and begin eating softer, easier to chew items. You can practice reading aloud to get used to speaking with your new denture.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you have recently lost a significant number of teeth, or if you are on the brink of tooth loss, do not hesitate to get in touch with your Houston dentist about dentures. We will discuss traditional and implant-retained dentures to determine which is best for you. Request an appointment today!