Dentures in Pasadena, Texas
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are prosthetic devices designed to help patients with missing teeth, chew food, improve speaking habits, and improve the patient’s facial aesthetics. The absence of teeth can lead to a sunken, collapsed appearance to the mouth-area. By restoring the physical presence of teeth, this malformation is corrected, the patient’s mouth is supported and the appearance is improved by aesthetic standards.
Benefits of Dentures
Aesthetic dentures are custom-crafted to provide a precise comfortable fit, and to enhance overall facial features. The color of the teeth is carefully selected and the natural differences in tooth shape and size are carefully chosen based on each individual’s age, gender and unique facial qualities. In addition, dentures are made to replicate the gum tissue naturally while providing the proper structure and support for lips, cheeks and face.
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The Types Of Dentures we offer
There are three types of dentures:
Complete, or full dentures, are only required for people who have lost all or most of the teeth on either of the two arches of the mouth.
Fixed Partial Dentures
Most patients missing only a few teeth opt for fixed partial dentures, also known as “crown and bridge.” These must be precisely installed, especially when in between healthy teeth.
Removable Partial Dentures
Removable partial dentures are different from fixed partial dentures in that they are normally only used by people who have lost too many teeth for fixed dentures, but too few for full dentures.
How Do Dentures Stay In Place?
A frequent issue with dentures is their ability to remain in place during usage. This is based on the following factors:
The denture may have a tendency to clasp tighter and tighter to the gums as the mouth chews food. The better the support, the less likely the denture is to move vertically closer to the arch upon which it is situated.
Movement in the horizontal plane, sometimes described as “slipping” front to back or side to side, can be hazardous to the patient. The quality of a denture base is responsible for preventing movement and maintaining continuous contact with the gums. However, this is heavily dependent on the patient’s oral anatomy.
Retention describes the tendency of the denture to move vertically away from the gums, into the lumen of the mouth. The craftsmanship of the denture is tested here, as the better the intaglio or the inside of denture, copies the oral topography, the more effective the seal is.
What Are Maxillary Dentures?
Maxillary dentures, used for the top teeth, achieve better unification with toothless gums due to the improvement in suction from the smooth surface. However, mandibular dentures, used for the bottom teeth, are much more effective if the patient still retains some teeth.
How Long Should My Dentures Last?
A good quality denture can last anywhere from seven to 15 years. The materials that are used to fabricate the appliance matter. The fit of your denture matters, and so does the care that you apply to your dentures. While you may not need to replace your dentures for many years, you may need to have them adjusted. “Relined” may be the term that is used to describe this form of maintenance. Periodic adjustments can ensure that your dentures continue to fit well and stay in place when you speak and chew.
Can I Sleep with My Dentures In?
You can sleep with your dentures in, yes. However, it’s not recommended. You rely on our dentures during the day for speaking, appearance, confidence, and chewing. This makes nighttime, when you’re sleeping, the ideal time to clean and soak your dentures. In addition to maintaining your dentures while you’re sleeping, another reason not to sleep with your dentures is that your gums could use the break. When you’re wearing your dentures, there is some amount of pressure on your gums. Allowing for some rest can reduce your chances of developing uncomfortable soreness.
Can I Eat Normally with Dentures?
It’s probable that you’ll need some time to get used to your new dentures. When you first receive your appliances, you may want to avoid foods that require a lot of chewing. Sticky and hard foods should be avoided, especially if you’ve also had teeth extracted around the time of receiving your dentures. Sticking to softer foods like eggs, pasta, yogurt, and soft cooked vegetables gives you the chance to slow down your chewing while eating. Doing so can increase comfort, shorten the time it takes to get used to eating with your dentures, and also avoid accidentally biting the tongue or cheek.
As you acclimate to your dentures, you can gradually add in foods that you must chew more to break down. Breads like bagels and denser meats can be enjoyed, but you may need to cut them into bite-sized pieces at first. When eating foods like these, you may also benefit from a few dabs of denture adhesive on your appliances.
Is it Painful to Get Dentures?
The denture-fitting process should not be painful. If you need to have some teeth extracted due to poor dental health, we’ll ensure you’re comfortable via the use of a local anesthetic. After tooth extraction and after the denture is seated, it’s common to have some minor irritation and soreness. This can be alleviated with over-the-counter medication, warm salt-water rinses a few times a day, and a soft-food diet. We expect that, after a few weeks, your dentures will feel comfortable and very much like natural teeth.