Dentures in Houston, TX

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What Are Dentures?

Replacing natural teeth that have been lost is important to your ability to eat, smile, and talk with ease and comfort. Dentures are a common solution to enhancing your quality of living after tooth loss or planning for tooth replacement when teeth are damaged beyond repair and must be removed. If you have lost several or all of your teeth in one or both arches, turn to a dental practice that offers effective, natural-looking tooth replacement options. Our general dentist is experienced in creating partial and full dentures for replacing missing teeth for Houston, TX patients. Dentures can be removable or fixed to dental implants and can replace a few teeth or a whole arch. At Made Ya Smile Dental West 8, we use high-grade materials for dentures to help you enjoy the ability to bite and chew with ease and regain a confident, youthful look to your smile.

We customize dentures to match the aesthetic qualities, facial and jaw shape, and cosmetic preferences of each individual patient. While partial dentures fill spaces in the smile and use existing teeth for support, full dentures replace an entire upper or lower arch and may be stabilized in the mouth through denture adhesive or jaw contours. Losing teeth does not have to mean missing out on life. Get in touch with our friendly dental center today and learn more about your options for replacing your teeth.

What Are the Benefits of Dentures?

Many patients find that dentures are a beneficial solution to replace several missing teeth. Dentures are created to be natural-looking, allowing them to seamlessly restore your smile. Some of the most common benefits of partial and full dentures are:

  • Reduced risk of developing oral conditions like gum disease, jawbone deterioration, or shifting teeth
  • Easily cleaned and maintained
  • Preserves your facial shape
  • Improved ability to chew and talk
  • Boosts self-confidence

Should I Get Dentures?

The high-quality materials we use to create dentures today are more aesthetic, comfortable, and lighter in weight than those of the past. When creating custom removable or fixed dentures, our team incorporates materials that offer a more natural tooth and gum appearance. Dentures may be a good option for your tooth replacement needs if you have lost some or all of your teeth or have irreparable teeth that must be removed. Both partial and full dentures can be created to fit in the upper or lower arches of the jaw.

We can customize dentures to meet your unique needs, budget, and aesthetic preferences and will review the benefits of each option during your consultation. Partial dentures are used for tooth replacement when some teeth still remain and are held in place through plastic or metal clasps that attach around anchor teeth. However, these teeth must be healthy enough to provide adequate support for the denture. Full dentures rest on top of the gums and offer the best results when the supporting jaw and gum tissues are healthy. In some cases, dentures may be attached to a series of dental implants positioned within the jawbone.

How Do Dentures Work?

To create your custom partial or full dentures, our team will take impressions of your mouth. We may also plan to remove any irreparable teeth, in which case, we can have a temporary denture made and ready for you to wear immediately following your extractions and while your mouth heals. Your impressions will be sent to our professional dental lab where your custom partial or full dentures will be fabricated according to our specific instructions. Dentures may be made from lightweight acrylic of a resin-over-metal framework. Using materials that are shaded to match natural tooth enamel and gum tissues, our lab will create your replacement teeth to look natural in shape, size, and color. When your dentures arrive at our Houston, TX practice, we will schedule you to come in for a fitting. We will position your dentures in your mouth or attach them to your implants and make any necessary adjustments for a secure, comfortable fit. Instructions on how to keep your dentures clean and store them will also be provided by our team at this visit.

What Can I Expect After Getting Dentures?

As you wear your new replacement teeth, you may find that it takes a little time to get used to eating and speaking while wearing them. However, your dentures should begin to feel more natural to you once you become more accustomed to having them in your mouth. Partial denture appliances are generally easy to remove and place in your mouth as they hook securely around existing teeth through metal or plastic attachments. To enhance the stability of removable dentures, we may suggest using a small amount of denture adhesive, particularly for full upper appliances. Our team will show you the best technique to use for placing and removing your dentures from your mouth. We can also adjust your new appliance to ensure that it fits as comfortably and securely as possible. Please let us know if the fit of your dentures changes in any way over time.

Cleaning your dentures with a denture brush or toothbrush and a mild toothpaste after every time you eat is important to keep your replacement teeth in good shape. We also recommend that you soak your dentures in water overnight, or whenever you are not wearing them, to help minimize the chance of your appliances drying out and changing their shape. When treated with proper care, your dentures can last for several years before needing to be relined or replaced. Keeping up with your routine dental visits at Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 is still highly recommended, even though dentures are not natural teeth. During these visits, we will check the health of your gums, clean your dentures in a special stain-dissolving solution, and make sure your appliances are still functioning properly.

Are Dentures Covered by Insurance?

Full or partial denture appliances for tooth replacement may be covered in part by dental insurance. At Made Ya Smile Dental West 8, we are a participating provider for most PPO dental insurance plans and help you maximize your dental insurance benefits. Our team will customize your tooth replacement to meet your needs and help you find a payment solution that fits within your budget. To help you cover any personal expenses, we accept several easy payment options and can provide information on low-cost financing through CareCredit® plans.

Dentures FAQ

Can I wear dentures at night?
While your dentures can be worn at night, we recommend removing them before bed to allow your jaw and gums to relax. Dentures apply slight pressure to the areas when worn, so we advise against wearing your dentures 24 hours a day. When you take your dentures out for the night, this provides a great opportunity to clean your dentures. Our team will provide you with cleaning instructions for your dentures when you first receive them.

Does having dentures hurt?
It is common to experience some discomfort or irritation as you get used to wearing your dentures. However, this will dissipate as your get used to wearing them. If your dentures continue to cause irritation after you have given your mouth time to acclimate, contact our Jersey Village or Houston, TX office so we can determine if you need to come in and have them looked at.

Are there any foods I can't eat with dentures?
Food may be difficult to chew when you first get dentures, especially hard or sticky foods. As you get used to wearing dentures, eating will become easier. We recommend avoiding gum because it can stick to your dentures and discolor or break the denture seal, resulting in loose teeth.

Removable Tooth Replacement Options

More comfortable and natural-looking than ever, removable dentures bring convenience and simplicity to your tooth replacement needs. Dentures can replace a few teeth or an entire arch, and in some cases, they may be attached to dental implants for a fixed solution for tooth replacement. Our team is experienced in partial and full dentures to help patients enhance their appearance and regain the ability to eat and speak comfortably following the loss of natural teeth. Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 is proud to offer the latest in tooth replacement solutions to help you overcome tooth loss for a better quality of living. Talk to our friendly team today to schedule your consultation and learn about your denture options.

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