When a patient comes into Studio Dental of River Park with missing teeth, dentures are one of the many options available to help restore a smile to its full function and beauty. Denture materials technology has improved greatly over the years, making them much more comfortable and less noticeable than the ones your grandparents wore. The newer dentures available today are made from resins that amazingly match a patient’s gum tissue, along with lifelike replacement teeth that stay firmly in place when speaking or eating.

The Benefits of Wearing Dentures

Dentures are classified into two main categories: partial dentures, and complete dentures. Partial dentures replace either one or a few missing teeth, while full dentures are indicated for someone that has no natural teeth left. Wearing dentures is a great way to improve your smile’s appearance, eating comfort, and self-confidence. Other benefits of wearing dentures include:

  • Maintaining your mouth’s structural integrity by supporting your cheeks and lips
  • Allows you to eat most of the foods that you enjoy, thus helping with stay properly nourished
  • Replaces teeth that are causing you serious discomfort, including teeth that are severely decayed and damaged

Types of Dentures

There are several types of dentures that we routinely fit patients with at Studio Dental of River Park depending upon their lifestyle, budget and overall smile improvement goals, including:

  • Partial dentures
    • These are used instead of other tooth replacement options when the surrounding teeth can’t support prosthetic structures such as bridges, or in cases where 3 or more consecutive teeth are missing. Partial dentures can be fastened to your surrounding natural teeth, are not permanent, and can easily be taken out for cleaning or when sleeping
  • Full dentures
    • Also known as “complete” dentures, full dentures replace an entire dentition when someone has all of their teeth missing. Like partial dentures, complete dentures are not permanent and can be removed for cleaning or when sleeping
  • Immediate dentures
    • These are a temporary replacement for one or more teeth in situations when the other teeth haven’t been removed from your mouth yet. Immediate dentures can also be worn right after a tooth extraction for up to 6 months until your jaw and gum swelling have started to subside
  • Implant-supported overdentures
    • These are an option when traditional dentures prove to be too uncomfortable for the patient, or when someone is looking for a denture with more support and retention. Overdentures are anchored to underlying dental implants, hence “over” in the word “overdenture”. Many patients find that overdentures are quite comfortable and easy-to-remove for cleaning or while sleeping. This type of denture is composed of a minimum of 2-4 implants (depending on how much support is required), that are implanted into the bone. The denture then connects to these implants with a button-like attachment that snaps the denture securely into place. No adhesive is required for implant-supported overdentures since all of the retention comes from the implants and the attachments

Denture Care Tips

After you receive a set of new dentures in our office, a staff member will provide you with the following care tips:

  • Brush your dentures daily just like you would your regular teeth, after first removing them from your mouth. Instead of toothpaste, we recommend a mild soap or denture cleaner, used with a denture brush or very soft toothbrush
  • While your dentures are removed, clean your gums and any natural teeth with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste. If a brush is too harsh, wrap your fingers in a wet, soft washcloth and gently rub your gums
  • Never sleep with your dentures in. Before retiring to bed, totally immerse your dentures in warm (never hot) water to prevent drying out. Denture soaking solutions are only good for dentures without metal parts, as they can cause tarnishing

At Studio Dental of River Park, we deliver restorative and cosmetic dentistry services to patients in the Richmond, TX, area within an art gallery themed office setting that’s comfortable and friendly. To schedule an appointment today, please call Studio Dental of River Park at: 281-560-3001!