If you’re missing permanent teeth, dentures can improve your oral health and make daily activities like biting and chewing easier. At The Dental Design Studios, Ivis Hernandez, DDS, uses partial, complete, and implant-retained dentures to restore smiles. To schedule an appointment at the practice in Houston, Texas, call the office or book online.
Dentures are custom-crafted oral prosthetics that replace your natural teeth. They’re made from durable materials like acrylic or nylon and rest comfortably on top of your gums.
Dentures can replace a few of your teeth or all of them. Aside from preserving your smile, they lower the risk of potentially serious oral health problems, including gum recession, bone loss, and persistent bad breath.
At The Dental Design Studios, Dr. Hernandez offers several types of dentures, including:
If you’re only missing a few of your permanent teeth, Dr. Hernandez might recommend partial dentures. These dentures have metal or plastic frameworks that support the artificial teeth. Partial dentures attach to small metal clasps, preventing them from sliding when you bite or chew.
Complete dentures replace a full row of permanent teeth. They feature pink artificial gums that support an arch of artificial teeth. To hold complete dentures in place, you apply denture adhesive before putting them in your mouth.
Implant-retained dentures attach to dental implants — small titanium posts that replace your natural tooth roots. Of all the dentures, implant-retained dentures are the sturdiest and longest-lasting.
The process for getting dentures depends on the type and your individual needs.
If you elect to get complete or partial dentures, Dr. Hernandez makes impressions of your mouth and sends them to a dental laboratory. The laboratory uses your impressions to create a set of custom dentures that fit your mouth perfectly.
Once your new dentures are finished, you return to the office and try them on. Dr. Hernandez makes adjustments as necessary and provides you with care instructions.
If you elect to get implant-retained dentures, Dr. Hernandez places the implants beneath your gums during an outpatient procedure. Several months later, when the implants fuse with your jaw, you return to The Dental Design Studios.
Dr. Hernandez makes impressions of your mouth and sends them to a dental laboratory. The laboratory uses your impressions to create a custom set of implant-retained dentures. Once complete, you return to the office. Dr. Hernandez connects them to your implants and provides care instructions.
Caring for dentures is similar to caring for your natural teeth. Dr. Hernandez recommends brushing and flossing daily and visiting The Dental Design Studios every six months for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.
If you have complete or partial dentures, remove them before going to bed at night and soak them in an approved cleaning solution. That ensures they remain free of plaque, tartar, and harmful bacteria.
To see if dentures are right for you, make an appointment at The Dental Design Studios. Call the office or book online today.