Dentures in Houston, TX

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What Are Dentures?

At Made Ya Smile Dental, we are dedicated to providing high-quality care for your smile and can help you find the right solution to meet your needs. If you have lost several teeth or even an entire arch, a partial or full removable denture may be a sound solution for your smile. Removable dentures can help you regain confidence in your appearance and restore your ability to eat and speak comfortably. Our general dentists have been helping patients overcome tooth loss with customized, natural-looking denture solutions for over 30 years. A partial denture fills gaps in the arch left by several missing teeth in the jaw and uses surrounding teeth for support while a full denture replaces all teeth in an upper or lower arch. If tooth loss has affected your smile, let our Houston, TX team help you find a viable solution. Schedule a visit at our practice today and see if dentures are right for you.

What Are The Benefits Of Dentures?

Dentures offer patients with several missing teeth an effective way to improve the appearance of their smile and their overall oral health. Tooth loss is more than just a cosmetic concern, if left untreated, missing teeth can cause a variety of oral conditions. A few of the advantages patients may experience when selecting dentures as a tooth replacement treatment include:

  • Rejuvenated smile
  • Restored confidence
  • Easily Maintained
  • Look and function like natural teeth
  • Improved ability to eat and speak
  • Prevents your cheeks from sagging by supporting your facial features

Should I Get Dentures?

Dentures may be a good choice for your tooth replacement if you have lost only a few teeth or a whole arch, or if you have damaged teeth that need to be removed from your mouth. We may recommend leaving any healthy teeth still in place to support a partial denture. Adequate jaw contours and healthy gum tissues are needed to provide a solid foundation for full dentures. In some cases, dentures may be fixed to a series of dental implants placed within the jaw. A denture consultation with our team can help you decide the best approach for replacing your missing or damaged teeth. We can thoroughly explain your options, discuss the benefits of partial and full dentures, and help you find a solution that effectively meets your budget, needs, and treatment expectations. 

How Do Dentures Work?

We begin the custom denture process by taking upper and lower impressions of your mouth. Even if you have teeth that require extraction, we can often create an immediate denture for you to wear while your extraction sites and tissues heal and until your final denture is ready. We work with a high-quality lab to create comfortable, natural-looking dentures for your tooth replacement. Our lab uses lightweight materials or metal framework and resin to create denture appliances. If you need partial dentures, our lab will customize replacement teeth that match the shade of your enamel for a cosmetic appeal that blends naturally with your smile. When your dentures arrive at our office, we will have you return to try them or attach them to your dental implants and check to ensure they fit securely and comfortably. Instructions on how to clean, store, and maintain your dentures will also be given to you at that time.

What Can I Expect After Getting Dentures?

Once you start wearing your dentures, it may take a little while before they feel like a natural part of your smile. Over time, however, you should find it easier to speak and eat with normal function. You may need to use a small amount of denture paste or adhesive to keep your full denture in place. Partial dentures are retained through metal or plastic claps that securely attach around existing teeth. Our team at Made Ya Smile Dental is also here to make any adjustments to your custom dentures to help enhance their comfort or fit.

Like teeth, it is important to brush your dentures after every meal with a toothbrush or denture brush and a mild toothpaste. Dentures should also be soaked in water when you take them out for sleeping to help keep them from drying out and changing shape. Though dentures replace your natural teeth, it is still important to visit our practice on a regular basis for routine care. We will examine your gums and jaw, check the fit of your dentures, and can use a special solution to help remove denture stains. You may need to replace or reline your dentures over the course of time. With proper care, however, your partial and full denture can serve your smile for several years.

Are Dentures Covered by Insurance?

Dental insurance plans may offer some coverage for partial and full dentures. To determine your plan specifics, our team will contact your provider before beginning your custom denture process. At Made Ya Smile Dental, our dentists can customize your treatment plan to create dentures that meet your needs while fitting within your budget. If you are not using insurance or have additional expenses, we can review our convenient payment methods and provide details on flexible low-interest payment plans with our third-party financing partner.

Dentures FAQ

Can I wear dentures at night?
Though you can wear your dentures while you sleep, we do not recommend it. All types of dentures put a slight pressure on your bone and gums. Removing your dentures at night not only gives those areas a rest, but it is also an opportune time to clean your dentures.

Does having dentures hurt?
You may experience discomfort or irritation from your dentures in the beginning. However, these uncomfortable symptoms will dissipate once you get used to wearing your dentures. If you continue to experience irritation caused by your dentures, call our Houston, TX office so we can help you determine if you need to come in to be examined.

Are there any foods I can't eat with dentures?
Sticky and hard foods may be difficult to eat as you get used to wearing your dentures. Once you have adjusted to wearing your dentures, you will be able to eat the majority of foods. We do recommend avoiding chewing gum with dentures. Gum can greatly damage your dentures by discoloring them and even breaking their seal, causing loose teeth.

Removable Tooth Replacement Options

Custom dentures can restore appearance, function, and confidence to your smile after tooth loss. If you have lost several or all of your teeth, or have unhealthy teeth that are no longer serving your smile, partial or full dentures may be an ideal option for you. Our team of dentists has over three decades of experience in creating dentures to meet the individual needs, budgets, and goals of our patients. Find out more about how dentures can improve your quality of life by scheduling a visit at Made Ya Smile Dental in Houston, TX today.

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