Losing teeth is more than a cosmetic problem. If your teeth are too damaged to repair or you’re missing teeth and can’t get dental implants, dentures offer an option for replacing missing teeth. Zhiyong Fan, DDS, Amira Hassan, DDS, and the team at Franklin Square Dental in Austin and Bee Cave, Texas, provide dentures that fit comfortably and restore the function and appearance of your teeth. Learn more by calling the practice or scheduling an appointment online.
Dentures are removable appliances that replace missing teeth. Dentures restore the appearance of your smile while giving you functional teeth for biting, chewing, and speaking. There are two types of dentures, complete and partial:
Complete dentures replace all of your teeth on either the top arch or bottom arch. You may need a complete top denture, complete bottom denture, or both. Many people use a dental adhesive with complete dentures to improve stability.
Partial dentures replace multiple teeth when you still have some natural teeth remaining and you don’t want to get crowns and bridges. Many partial dentures clasp to your natural teeth to secure the fit.
When you first get dentures they may feel larger than your natural teeth. Most people need time to adjust after getting dentures. You can read out loud to speed up the adjustment process and learn how to talk with your new dentures.
After wearing your dentures for a while they will function and feel like your natural teeth.
Because dentures are removable, you can take them out of your mouth for easier cleaning. Brush your dentures twice per day and brush your gums after the dentures are out of your mouth.
Keep dentures in water when you’re not wearing them to keep them from drying out. You can also add denture cleaning tablets to the water to keep them fresh.
If you no longer have any natural teeth, you may think you no longer need to visit Franklin Square Dental for exams, but this isn’t true. Dental exams for patients wearing dentures involve an examination of your gums and oral cancer screenings, as well as adjustments to the dentures, as needed, to maintain a comfortable fit.
Your dentures are custom-fit to your gums to limit movement, but sometimes they get loose or don’t fit securely in place. Denture movement can cause sore spots in your mouth and make it difficult to eat or speak.
Try denture adhesives to limit movement. If your dentures won’t fit securely in your mouth, call Franklin Square Dental for adjustments to improve their fit. Sore spots can lead to infection and discomfort so call the dentist as soon as you notice a problem.
To find out if dentures can replace your missing teeth, call Franklin Square Dental or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.