Dentures are prosthetic teeth that are custom-made to replace missing teeth. Also known as false teeth, dentures are easily removable and can be put back in place without effort. However, many people don’t like wearing them at first because they don’t feel like natural teeth. It can take some time to adjust to new dentures. Luckily, due to modern innovation, today’s dentures are much more comfortable and natural looking than those your grandparents wore.
Missing teeth hinder mouth function, make you appear older because the lack of support causes facial muscles to sag, and it can impair speaking ability. By replacing missing teeth, you will improve your quality of life and your aesthetic facial appearance. Teeth are a necessity; dentures aren’t a frivolous purchase.
At Smile Artist Dentistry in Houston, we offer both full and partial dentures. Your dentist will help you decide which choice is best for you based on whether all or just a few of your teeth will be replaced and what price range fits comfortably in your budget.
Full dentures involve an acrylic base that slips over the gums. The base of the upper denture covers the roof of the mouth and the lower piece is constructed in a horseshoe shape to make space for the tongue. Both pieces are flesh colored to blend in with the gums.
Conventional full dentures are placed by your Houston dentist after any remaining teeth have been extracted and tissues have completely healed. This process may take several months. So you don’t have to spend so much time without teeth an immediate full denture is inserted after the removal. This is just a temporary placeholder while you wait for your permanent set.
Partial dentures sit on a metal framework that is attached to your adjacent natural teeth. Porcelain crowns are sometimes placed on a few natural teeth to serve as anchors for the denture. Partial dentures are basically removable dental bridges.
Regardless of which type you need, your dentist in Houston will need to take an impression of your whole mouth and send it to an outside lab so your custom-made dentures can make and you can get back to flashing that smile.
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