We provide dentures to replace the missing teeth of patients. Dentures are a detachable prosthesis that can help make your smile whole again. Some people lose their teeth because of poor diet, bad oral hygiene routines, gum disease, tooth decay, and even sometimes reasons as severe as cancer. If you have lost some or all of your teeth, replacing natural teeth is a relatively easy process that will benefit your appearance and oral health.
For instance, for those individuals who have lost some or all their teeth, dentures may prevent the facial muscles from sagging. This prevents patients from looking older, while also improving their smile. Apart from the esthetic benefits, dentures also make it much easier to eat and speak.
Types of Dentures
Conventional dentures are removable appliances, which one places within the mouth after we remove the remaining natural teeth and the tissues in the mouth heal. This process often takes several weeks.
During this healing process, we can give patients the option of utilizing immediate dentures. Immediate dentures are a removable set of dentures that are given on the same day that we take the real teeth out.
During the initial visits, we will take the necessary measurements and make models of the patient’s jaw to create the immediate denture so the patient does not have to be without teeth during the healing process. However, the jaw has a tendency to shrink slightly during the healing process and can cause the immediate dentures to need adjustments.
Over-dentures on the other hand, fit over a small number of remaining natural teeth. In the case of over-dentures, we will try and save some of the natural teeth, if possible, to help preserve the jawbone and provide support and stability for the denture. When providing dentures patients need to replace teeth, we will discuss this and other options in detail.
Adjusting to the new dentures
Getting accustomed to new dentures may feel uncomfortable and awkward initially, especially for the first few weeks. The dentures may feel like they want to come loose for a while, and it is not unusual to experience minor irritation or soreness. There may also be a slight increase in saliva flow accompanying a muscle tightness in the cheek and tongue muscles might.
However, as the mouth adjusts to wearing the dentures, all these little problems should go away. If problems, such as irritation or soreness, persist, then the patient needs to see us as soon as possible. Consistent checkup appointments are recommended after we insert dentures so that we can check the fit and make adjustments as necessary.
No matter what kind of dentures you have, you should always practice good dental hygiene. Brushing your gums and tongue daily is very important as it stimulates circulation in your tissues and helps to remove plaque. In addition, always remember to clean your dentures with a soft-bristled brush with a mild soap or a denture cleaning solution. If your dentures stop fitting well, break, or crack, you should contact us immediately.
For more information on dentures patients depend on, give us a call at (512) 392-6739 and schedule your consultation.
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