Missing teeth can make you feel less confident while smiling and even cause eating and speaking difficulties. Dentures are among the most common solutions for tooth loss caused by issues like tooth decay, gum diseases, or accidents.
Dr. Hernandez at The Dental Design Studios in Houston, Texas, offers numerous reliable options for replacing missing teeth to restore your smile and your oral functions.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are removable oral appliances that can replace your missing natural teeth. They can be complete or partial. A full denture replaces an entire arch of teeth, while partial dentures are used for replacing one or several teeth.
Types of Dentures
The two types of dentures are:
Full or Complete Dentures
Full dentures are made up of an acrylic base that is colored to look like gums and a set of artificial teeth. They are fixed in place with denture adhesives or using dental implants.
Partial dentures have a metal frame that supports the artificial teeth. It is held in place by clasps attached to the patient’s natural teeth.
How Are Dentures Made?
After any remaining damaged teeth are extracted, the socket begins to fill with bone tissue while the gum tissue heals and changes its shape. It takes 8 to 12 weeks until the bone and gums reach their stable state. After this, a complete denture can be created.
To make the dentures, the dentist will take several impressions or molds of the oral tissues that will support the dentures. These impressions are sent to the dental lab to prepare a model of the patient’s mouth. Once the models are confirmed, the dental technician will fabricate the dentures.
When they are ready, the dentures will be sent to the dentist. The dentist will then place the dentures into the patient’s mouth to make sure they fit properly. After the dentures are fixed in place, the patient must visit the dental clinic for follow-up appointments and the dentist will provide recommendations for proper care.
To learn more about dentures and their benefits, contact The Dental Design Studios at (713) 468-5800 or visit us at 8391 Westview Drive, Houston, TX 77055.