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Dentures --  Houston, TX

Rebuild Your Smile with Dentures

Life without a complete smile isn’t always that great. Besides feeling insecure about your appearance, substantial tooth loss can affect your ability to eat and speak. If you’ve experienced significant tooth loss, you may be a candidate for dentures in Houston. They’ve undergone several improvements to closely replicate real teeth, so no one will know they aren’t your own. You’ll have a smile that you’ll be proud to show off while improving your quality of life.

Who is a Good Candidate for Dentures?

Complete set of dentures in Houston

Patients who have lost several or all their teeth can benefit from dentures. They are also recommended for people who have severely damaged teeth. It can be more cost-effective to extract any remaining teeth and replace them with dentures.

Generally, dentures are ideal for patients who have good oral and general health; however, you’ll still need a consultation with your dentist in Houston. They’ll examine your mouth to create a personalized treatment plan. You may need a little prep-work, like tooth extractions or periodontal therapy. Although it may add a few more steps to your journey, a healthy foundation is crucial to the success of your new smile.

Types of Dentures

Older woman with dentures pointing to her teeth

You have more options than ever to treat your tooth loss, depending on the number of teeth you’re missing and your preferences. Your dentist will explain all your options, which can include:

Partial Dentures

Image of a partial denture

A partial denture can treat several missing teeth. Unlike a bridge, they don’t need to be consecutive. Prosthetics are created to fill the space of the teeth you’ve lost. They are attached to a gum-colored base that has a metal framework. This allows it to clip or clasp on your remaining teeth to stay in place.

Full Dentures

Hand holding an upper denture

A full denture replaces an entire arch of lost teeth. Your dentist will take an impression of your mouth to create an acrylic base that holds porcelain teeth. It rests on top of your gum tissue and is held in place using suction or an adhesive.

Implant Dentures

Model of an implant-supported denture

An implant denture provides a nearly perfect replica of your real smile because 4-10 titanium posts anchor it to your jawbone. They serve as roots to benefit from unmatched stability using a solution that’s proven to last for decades.

The Benefits of Dentures

Older man with dentures smiling

Missing teeth is more than just an aesthetic concern. An incomplete smile can affect your general health and wellness. Replacing them offers several advantages, such as:

Rebuild Your Smile Today

Stop feeling the weight on an incomplete smile affecting your outlook on life. Invest in a new set of teeth with the help of your dentist. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for dentures. We’ll give you the beautiful, functional smile you deserve using the latest innovations in dentistry.

Denture FAQs

You don't have to live with the challenges of an incomplete smile. Dentures in Houston are a tried-and-proven method of treating significant tooth loss. Although they are a common solution, it's normal to have a few concerns before you are ready to commit to them. Don't worry, here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions to calm your nerves.

Can I sleep with my dentures?

No one wants to be caught without their teeth, but you shouldn't sleep with them. However, your dentist will instruct you to wear your dentures for 24 hours after receiving them. After the first day, you'll need to remove them nightly because they will restrict blood circulation to your gums. If your gums aren't given time to rest, sores, irritation, and infections can occur. Your mouth is also a dark, moist environment, which is ideal for bacteria growth that can affect your oral and general health. Over time, it can weaken your denture and shorten its lifespan. You can keep your mouth and body healthy while getting the most out of your investment by cleaning your dentures before calling it a night. Don't forget to soak them in a cleaning solution while you're sleeping to keep them moist and kill any bacteria left behind by brushing.

 

Does an upper denture always cover the palate?

Dentures come in many styles, including palate-less options. If you're concerned about discomfort or diminished taste from it covering the roof of your mouth, your denture dentist in Houston will review all your options, like one with a horseshoe shape.

 

Why do dentures smell?

Dentures have a bad reputation for having an odor, but they aren't supposed to smell. In fact, they should be odor-free. If a denture starts to stink, it's probably because it needs to be cleaned better. Food particles, plaque, and bacteria are often the source. You can keep odors at bay by rinsing your dentures after every meal, brushing them daily, and using a nightly soaking solution.

 

Do I use regular toothpaste to clean my dentures?

You shouldn't use regular toothpaste to clean your new teeth because it's abrasive. Hard-bristled toothbrushes and regular toothpaste can scratch your dentures. The tiny crevasses can trap food particles and plaque, leading to odors and compromising the lifespan of your denture. They can also affect the appearance of your dentures. Instead, your dentist recommends using a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild hand soap or dishwashing liquid to clean them. You can also purchase OTC cleaning products designed for dentures. Never use hot water to rinse them because it can warp your dentures.

 

Can I eat steak with dentures?

It's entirely possible to eat steak and tough meats, but they will put more wear and tear on your denture. It's best to have them in moderation and cut them into small pieces to make them easier to chew. A denture adhesive can give you more stability while chewing, so you won't have to worry about your teeth shifting or falling out when eating.

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