If you have a significant number of missing or compromised teeth, our dentists may recommend dentures to replace them and restore your smile. Dentures are an effective, affordable solution for tooth loss, and can improve your quality of life by helping you chew and speak with ease and smile with confidence.
Types of Dentures
At Aesthetic Dentistry Associates, we offer two basic types of dentures: conventional removable dentures, and implant-supported dentures. Both have their own advantages depending on your needs and desires, and help you regain your beautiful smile.
When you picture dentures, you probably think of the conventional full-arch appliances worn by millions of Americans. But partial dentures used to replace a series of adjoining teeth are also common. Both full and partial dentures are easily removable. Partials are often held in place by a system of clasps, that attach to neighboring teeth, while complete dentures rely on natural forces of suction in the mouth. Traditional dentures need to be removed every day to allow your mouth tissues to rest, and may need to be periodically replaced to account for changes in mouth structure. But they are designed to provide years of comfortable use.
With the rise of implant dentistry, denture systems have been significantly improved. We can still economically replace many or all of a patient’s teeth with dentures, now with the added benefit of securely fixing them to dental implants. The result is a full or partial denture that feels more like your natural teeth. Implants also help combat the bone loss that typically accompanies missing teeth, meaning your oral health is improved and your appliances can have a longer lifespan. With the unique All-On-4 implant system, you can even walk out of our office with fully-functional dentures on the day of your implant procedure.
The process of receiving dentures begins with a consultation with our dental team. We will examine your mouth and discuss your goals and needs, including whether conventional or implant-supported dentures are better for you.
To prepare your mouth to receive dentures, our dentists will need to take impressions of your oral cavity. These impressions will aid in the creation of your appliance and help us ensure that it fits properly. Any remaining teeth that require extraction will be removed, and temporaries will be placed so that you can eat while your gums and jawbones heal.
After you have healed, your permanent dentures will be inserted, and our dentists will check to make sure that they fit comfortably and function properly, and make any necessary adjustments. If you are receiving implant-supported or All-on-4 dentures, your implants will be placed at this time.
Life With Dentures
To help ensure your dentures function their best, it is important to take care of their daily maintenance. Dentures, like teeth, need to be cleaned regularly. We recommend soaking them overnight in a denture solution, and using a denture brush and cleaner. Do not use regular toothpaste, as it can actually scratch and damage your dentures.
Over time, you may notice differences in the fit of your dentures. This is most often due to a loss in bone structure that naturally occurs when teeth are not present. To accommodate for this, we may recommend relining your dentures, either by reshaping the actual prosthesis or by adding a softer additional lining. Eventually it may be necessary to make an entirely new appliance.
If you would like to learn more about receiving dentures in Humble, Texas, please call Aesthetic Dentistry Associates at 281-446-4700 today. Our dentists, Drs. Umansky and Nikmard, can answer your questions and help you explore all of your teeth replacement options. We look forward to helping you smile with confidence again!