Full & Partial Dentures in Austin, TX
Dentures are artificial, custom-made teeth and gums designed to fill gaps in your mouth resulting from tooth loss or removal. They are not fixed permanently, and can be taken out and put back into position for cleaning.
Initially, dentures were made out of plastic or porcelain. Today, they are largely fabricated from a hard resin material. Though none of these materials are as tough as tooth enamel, proper care can help reduce the risk of chipping, cracking, and excessive wear, increasing their longevity. Careful storage is particularly important when you remove them at night before bedtime.
There are Two Types of Dentures:
- Full or complete dentures - replace all teeth in an arch
- Partial dentures - replace some teeth
Dentures are custom-made to fit your own bite and smile, so they feel more or less like your natural teeth. They improve your chewing ability, eliminate speech problems associated with gaps in your mouth, and prevent the remaining natural teeth from shifting.
Dentures are also a cosmetic treatment as they can be designed to improve your facial appearance, enhance your smile, and boost your self-confidence.
Types of Full Dentures
Our dentist may recommend full dentures if all your teeth are missing, or partials if you still have some natural teeth remaining. Depending on your case, you may opt for either immediate or conventional complete dentures.
- Immediate dentures - These dentures are fabricated in advance, before teeth extraction, so they’re ready for placement immediately after the procedure. Their main advantage is that you won’t have to stay without teeth during the recovery period. However, they need frequent adjusting to fit properly because the bones and gums tend to shrink during the healing period. Immediate dentures are only a temporary solution until your conventional dentures are ready.
- Conventional dentures - These are usually made after your teeth extraction and moderate recovery of the gum tissue. They are ready for placement between 8 and 12 weeks after teeth removal.
Because full dentures are not permanently fitted in your mouth, the fit may get loose with time, requiring you to visit the dentist for adjustment.
Fabricating custom dentures takes several weeks and multiple appointments. Once our dentist determines that you are a good candidate for full dentures, he will proceed to:
- Make impressions of jaw and assess the distance between your jaws and how they relate to one another
- Create wax forms, models, and/or plastic patterns that represent the exact size, shape, and position of your custom denture. You will try out the models multiple times while evaluating the shape, fit, and color before the final denture is fabricated
- Create the final denture and adjust as need be for a perfect fit
First-time denture wearers often claim that their new teeth set feels odd and loose at first. But as your tongue and cheek muscles get used to your new teeth, the fit will feel more comfortable and allow you to eat and talk normally. You may also experience some soreness, irritation, and excess salivation at first, but these problems should diminish with time as your mouth adjusts.
Are You a Good Candidate for Dentures?
Although dentures are mostly associated with senior citizens who have lost all their teeth, anyone can benefit from them, including victims of auto-collisions and people who require oral prosthetics due to a genetic disorder.
If you or a loved one think you might need full dentures, contact My Dentist in Austin to discuss your options.