Have you suffered through the loss of several or even all of your teeth? If you are, then you know by now what a pain it can make doing everyday tasks like eating or talking. It can even make you afraid to smile because you don’t want the world to notice the gaps in your grin. Full and partial dentures in Houston are the perfect solution. Whether you just have a gap in your smile or have lost all of your natural teeth, dentures can bring back your smile. To learn more about whether dentures are right for you, contact us at The Castleberry Center today to schedule a consultation.
Dentures come in two types: full and partial. When you think of dentures, your mind probably conjures up an image of full dentures, which are used when a patient is missing all of their teeth. Full dentures are a set of artificial teeth attached to an acrylic base the color of gum tissue. They are held in place with a combination of denture adhesive and natural suction against the gums to restore biting force back to your smile.
If you’re only missing a few teeth, you might be a good candidate for partial dentures. Like full dentures, partials consist of artificial teeth anchored to a plastic base. However, they are held in place by a metal framework that snakes behind the remaining natural teeth. Partials are perfect for bridging the gap in your smile and making you feel young again.
The process begins with an appointment where Dr. Castleberry will take custom impressions of your gums, jaw, and any remaining teeth. If you have any teeth that need to be extracted to make room for the dentures, we will get that taken care of as well. Next, we will create models of your dentures, which you will try on several times, and we will adjust them as needed. Once the final denture is cast, then you will try it on, and adjustments will be made accordingly until it perfectly fits within your smile.
As a great alternative to missing teeth, dentures provide a whole host of benefits, including:
If you’re missing more than a few teeth, dentures might be a great choice for you. However, if you’re hesitant to get regular dentures because you have heard that they slip around, not to worry. That’s why we at The Castleberry Center offer dentures secured in place by dental implants. Since implants are anchored within the jawbone, they are guaranteed to not slide around like traditional dentures might. Dental implants are also designed to stay in place for decades to come, so you can rest assured they won’t need to be replaced every few years like traditional dentures will. Finally, implant-retained dentures restore even more of your original bite strength, allowing you to more easily eat a healthy and varied diet.
Extensive tooth loss can affect more than just your appearance – it can affect your quality of life as well. Luckily, dentures are an excellent solution to rebuild your smile and restore your confidence. But before committing to treatment, you probably want to know more about this method of tooth replacement. To help you out, our team at The Castleberry Center has decided to answer some of the most common questions we receive from patients about getting dentures in Houston. If you don’t see your specific question below, feel free to contact our office to speak directly with a member of our team!
Generally, patients must wait about six to eight weeks after their teeth are extracted to receive their dentures. Of course, the exact amount of time required depends on your unique circumstances and the type of denture in question. Although it may seem like a long time, it’s necessary to ensure your gums heal properly. Immediate (or same-day) dentures can be placed on the day of extraction, but they’ll need to be replaced much sooner as the shape of your jawbone changes throughout the healing process. If you’re getting implant-retained dentures, you’ll need to wait about three to six months for osseointegration (the process of implants fusing to the jawbone) to occur.
When you first receive your dentures in Houston, you’ll be told to keep them in your mouth for a full 24 hours, including sleep. However, it’s strongly recommended that you take them out every evening after that. Doing so gives your gum tissue and jawbone a chance to rest and recover after the pressure of supporting your dentures all day. Otherwise, wearing them for too long can lead to soft tissue irritation, potentially speed up ridge resorption, and increase your risk of pneumonia.
Do you need to have teeth extracted before getting dentures? If so, you’ll likely experience some discomfort for the first few days after the oral surgery. Luckily, it can be managed by taking pain medication as directed and rinsing with warm saltwater. Once you receive your new dentures, it’s normal to go through a period where your gums feel irritated. In many cases, it takes months for the discomfort fades. Of course, the amount of time that it’ll last will vary from person to person. If the pain persists or worsens, you should contact your dentist right away to determine the cause and treat the issue.
Even though you can eat most foods with dentures, there are certain items you should be careful with, including: