Dentures – Baytown, TX
Replace Teeth and Restore Your Smile Affordably
Are you experiencing severe levels of tooth loss? For centuries, dentures have been the standard when it comes to replacing several teeth throughout the mouth or entire arches at a time. While dentures of the past may have been less than ideal, today’s dentures look more natural and are more comfortable than ever before. At Aesthetic Family Dentistry, our dentists are prepared to help you determine the best tooth replacement option based on your needs. Give our office a call and we’ll get you scheduled for an appointment!
Why Choose Aesthetic Family Dentistry for Dentures?
- Implant Denture Treatment In-House
- Natural-Looking Materials Used for Best Esthetics
- Modern Dental Technology Available
Am I a Good Candidate for Dentures?
If you are missing individual teeth or two to three consecutive teeth, a bridge or dental implant might be the best options for you to consider. However, if you are missing several teeth across multiple areas of the mouth in a single arch, a partial denture could be more ideal. Alternatively, if you have zero or very few teeth in a given arch, a full denture can make it easy for you to smile again and expand your diet. Regardless of the option you choose, you can expect your tooth replacement to be fully customized to fit your mouth exactly for a comfortable and lasting fit.
A partial denture is designed to fit inside of the mouth similar to how a puzzle piece fits into a puzzle. Personalized with tooth-colored restorations and a gum-colored base, partial dentures can be placed in either the top or bottom arch. Using metal hooks, they wrap around existing teeth in order to remain stable.
Whether you have few remaining teeth that are in need of extraction anyway or you’ve been missing all your teeth in your upper and lower arches for quite some time, a full denture is probably the best tooth replacement option for you. This restoration is made from a gum-colored base that’s equipped with ceramic teeth. For even better stability, you can pair the denture with a set of dental implants!
How Does the Process Work?
If we need to remove any existing teeth or complete gum disease therapy, we’ll do this before planning the creation of your denture. We’ll also need to capture a highly detailed digital impression of your mouth using technology available in-house. This 3D image is then used as the blueprint for your future prosthesis. From there, a dental lab offsite will begin fabricating your denture and send it to our office for fitting. After confirming how it feels, we’ll make any necessary adjustments before you leave.
Benefits of Dentures
There are many benefits to choosing dentures to replace teeth, including the following:
- Expanded diet
- Better nutrition
- Improved confidence and self-esteem
- Prevent existing teeth from shifting out of place
- Reduce common side effects of tooth loss (such as sagging and hollowing of the cheeks)
Dentures in Baytown are a tried and proven solution to treat significant tooth loss because they are convenient and affordable. Although you’d like to complete your smile, it’s normal to have a few concerns before you’re ready to invest in dentures. We understand your apprehensions. Here are the answers to a few of the most common questions we are asked by our patients.
Can I sleep with my dentures?
Getting caught without your teeth is embarrassing, but you don’t want to sleep with them. Initially, your denture dentist in Baytown will recommend wearing them for 24 hours, even at night. Afterward, you’ll want to take them out every night to give your gums time to rest. The circulation in your gums is decreased while wearing them, which can lead to inflammation and increased ridge resorption. Removing your dentures nightly allows your mouth to recover to get ready for the next day. Not to mention, your mouth is the perfect environment for bacteria that can cause plaque, odors, and infections. Removing your dentures before heading to bed allows you to properly clean and sterilize them.
Can dentures reduce your life expectancy?
There’s a connection between denture wearers and a decreased life expectancy. In fact, people who wear dentures can lose up to 10 years, but their replacement teeth aren’t the cause. Instead, tooth loss can affect your biting force, which can make it difficult to chew. As a result, certain foods are eliminated from the diet, leading to malnutrition and weight loss. Dentures can increase your biting force to eat a variety of foods; however, only dental implants can provide you with the same capabilities as your natural teeth. 4 to 10 titanium implant posts support your denture, so you’ll never experience any slipping or irritation again. You’ll regain as much as 70% of your biting force to eat many tasty foods with ease, like crisp vegetables and meats.
Do dentures smell?
Dentures can develop an odor if you aren’t proactive about your oral hygiene. There are plenty of places in your mouth and on your dentures for odor-causing bacteria to hide. Since dentures can cause dry mouth, it creates the ideal environment for bad bacteria. Over time, sores and gum irritation can occur. If an infection develops, your bad breath can worsen. You can keep your dentures looking great and your breath fresh by soaking your dentures in a disinfecting solution. It also gives you the opportunity to thoroughly clean your mouth with a soft-bristled toothbrush before calling it a night. Don’t forget to rinse your dentures after every meal to remove food particles that can cause odors.
Do I use toothpaste to clean my dentures?
No, you don’t want to use regular toothpaste because it is abrasive and can scratch your dentures. Food particles and plaque can get trapped in the small crevasses, which can lead to bad breath and shorten the lifespan of your new smile. Instead, use hand soap or mild dishwashing detergent to clean your dentures.