A denture is a removable dental appliance created to replace missing teeth. Dentures are an important part of keeping the teeth and mouth in frame when one or more teeth are missing.
There are two types of dentures: complete and partial. Complete dentures are for patients who are missing all of their teeth, while partial dentures will only fill the spaces for missing teeth along an arch. When missing any teeth, partial dentures play an important role in preventing other teeth from shifting their position in the mouth.
Typically, our patients receive dentures in Houston, Texas, for the following reasons:
- Replacing a complete loss of all teeth in an arch.
- Replacing a partial loss of teeth in an arch.
- Enhancing the smile and facial tissues.
- Improving chewing, speech and digestion.
The dentures received are strong and durable. On occasion, dentures may need to be remade, repaired or readjusted due to regular wear and tear.
The procedure requires several visits to Clearpoint Dentistry that are scheduled over the course of several weeks. Within these scheduled visits, accurate molds will be taken to provide custom-made dentures. Preliminary fitting appointments may be necessary to provide optimum outcome in the shaping, color and fitting of the denture. At the final appointment, the dentures will be ready for adjustment and to be placed by our dentist for a natural and comfortable fit.
Please provide an adjustment time for your muscles and tissues to become familiar to the new dentures. During this temporary adjustment period, it is common to experience an increase of saliva flow, soreness and possibly difficulty with speech and chewing. Keep in mind that this is normal and, in time, your mouth will be fully healed and adjusted.
Additional instructions regarding the care and maintenance of your dentures will be given by Dr. Lupy Gonzalez. Proper cleaning and hygiene will help with the longevity of your dentures.
If you have any questions about dentures and partials, please contact our dentist and team at 281-487-2400.