Dentures – Pearland, TX
An Elegant Tooth Replacement Solution
If you have suffered a degree of tooth loss, you may face a number of daily inconveniences. It might be difficult for you to chew your favorite foods. You may even lack the confidence to smile in social situations. One way to address such issues is via dentures. These removable prosthetics offer an elegant, reliable way to fill in gaps and give you a complete, functional smile. If you are interested in talking to an expert about dentures, contact Maxwello Dental today.
Why Choose Maxwello Dental for Dentures?
- Experienced restorative dentist
- Cost-effective solution for missing teeth
- Natural-looking prosthetics
What Are Dentures?
A denture is a removable prosthetic that consists of a gum-colored base that support a number of artificial teeth. The teeth are usually made of porcelain or acrylic. Dentures are always custom-designed according to a patient’s unique oral anatomy. Dentures have been around for centuries, but in recent decades they have become more natural-looking, comfortable, and durable than ever before.
Types of Dentures
There are two types of traditional dentures:
- A full denture replaces an entire arch of missing teeth. It may be ideal for patients who have already lost all of their natural teeth. Natural suction or a mild adhesive helps a full denture to stay in place.
- A partial denture replaces multiple teeth throughout a dental arch. It fits in around the remaining natural teeth, sort of like a puzzle piece that is crafted to fit in exactly where it is needed. Small metal attachments help a partial denture to stay in place.
Benefits of Dentures
Benefits of dentures include:
- Dentures are cost-effective, and they are usually at least partially covered by insurance.
- The denture process is noninvasive and relatively fast.
- Dentures can enable you to eat most types of food. You may have to take certain precautions when you are enjoying certain foods (for example, you should not use your dentures’ front teeth to tear chunks off of food). However, you will be able to enjoy a robust diet and eat with confidence when you are dining with friends.
Who Is a Candidate or Dentures?
You may be a good candidate for traditional dentures if:
- You have suffered a significant degree of tooth loss.
- You want a cost-effective way to rebuild your smile.
- You are not currently a candidate for implant-supported tooth replacement.
- You have an old set of dentures that no longer fits well, and you would like to replace it with a new prosthetic.
Getting the Most Out of Your Dentures
To care for your dentures and get the most out of them, you should:
- Clean them thoroughly every day. A good cleaning routine prevents bacterial buildup and bad breath.
- Keep them moist when they are not in your mouth. If your dentures stay dry for too long, they may lose their shape.
- Visit us for routine checkups. We will periodically reline your dentures (adjust their fit) and evaluate your oral health. If your dentures ever become uncomfortable, or you have other concerns, contact us so we can give you the help you need to start enjoying your renewed smile again.
When it comes to replacing multiple missing teeth at once, a full or partial denture is a great option for many patients. However, our team at Maxwello Dental understands that you may have a few questions regarding the procedure. That’s why we’ve gathered and answered some frequently asked denture questions below. Of course, you’re always welcome to call us directly if you don’t find the information you’re looking for!
How Long Will My Dentures Last?
The lifespan of your denture will depend on which type you chose to replace your missing teeth. After teeth are lost, the parts of the jawbone that they once supported begin to deteriorate. As a result, even the most well-made denture will lose its fit after a few years. While we may be able to reline your denture every year or two to help it fit better, the changes will eventually become too great, and your denture will have to be replaced entirely after five to ten years on average.
If you have an implant denture, though, you can expect it to last for much longer. Dental implants prevent the jawbone deterioration that would otherwise occur. The denture itself may have to be replaced every decade or so, but with good oral hygiene, your implants can last a lifetime!
How Long Does It Take to Get Dentures?
Similarly, the answer to this question differs based on whether you’re receiving a traditional or implant denture. Getting a traditional partial or full denture usually takes between six weeks and three months, but the timeline can vary. An implant denture tends to take longer because you have to spend several months recovering from oral surgery while the implant posts fuse to your jaw. You might receive a temporary denture in the meantime, but it depends on your unique case. We can go over a projected denture treatment timeline during your consultation.
How Can I Get Adjusted to Wearing Dentures?
It may take a few weeks for your mouth to fully adjust to wearing dentures. During this period, we recommend keeping your dentures in your mouth as much as possible to speed up the adjustment process. Practice reading or singing aloud to get the hang of talking with them. In terms of eating, it may help to cut your food into tiny, bite-sized chunks and chew evenly with both sides of your mouth.
How Much Denture Adhesive Should I Use?
If your denture fits correctly, you shouldn’t need to use adhesive to have it stay in place. However, it can provide a bit of stability, which can be particularly helpful while you’re still adjusting to wearing your denture.
Before applying any adhesive, it’s important that your dentures are fully clean and dry. To start, use a very small amount of adhesive. Apply it in a series of small dots, and avoid getting it too close to the edge of the denture. Otherwise, it could be difficult to remove your denture later. Then, press and hold your denture in place for a few seconds to secure it in place.