If you have one or more missing teeth, consider removable replacements in the form of full or partial dentures. At La Michoacana Dental Clinic in Houston, Texas, the expert team of dentists helps fit and customize dentures, so they look and feel natural, offering you comfort when chewing and speaking and confidence when smiling. If you live in the Houston area, call one of their two offices or use the online booking agent to make an appointment to find out more about how dentures may be the right solution for your dental needs.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. When you’re missing all of your teeth, complete dentures replace the entire row.
Partial dentures are appropriate when you have one or more natural teeth remaining in your upper or lower jaw. A removable partial denture consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base that holds the denture in place in your mouth. A partial denture fills in the space of the missing tooth or teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position.
Conventional dentures are produced in eight to 12 weeks following the removal of your teeth. They are created from a mold made from your mouth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and are positioned as soon as your teeth are removed.
The benefit of immediate dentures is that you don’t have to be without teeth for any period of time; however, immediate dentures usually require several more fittings to tweak the comfort and ease of fit.
Immediate dentures often serve as a temporary solution while you wait for your conventional dentures.
You may need some initial practice when eating or speaking with dentures. They may feel bulky or loose in your mouth, and you may produce extra saliva. In a short time, however, you adjust, your oral muscles become stronger, and these negative side effects fade. The staff at La Michoacana Dental Clinic help fit your dentures so your adjustment time is minimal.
You may need to make some dietary changes and avoid sticky, hard, or chewy foods that can damage your dentures. At first, elect soft foods cut into small pieces until you learn how to bite and chew with your new teeth.
Always remove your dentures before going to bed. Clean partial and complete dentures every day. When you take them out of your mouth, rinse off any food particles and clean your dentures with a soft brush and special denture cleaner. Do not use toothpaste to clean dentures. Always soak the dentures when they’re not in your mouth to prevent them from drying out and losing their shape.
Trust the staff at La Michoacana Dental Clinic to provide excellent fitting and maintenance of partial and complete dentures. Call today to learn more about this tooth replacement solution.