Full & Partial Dentures for Missing Teeth
Over time, a missing tooth can cause a range of oral health issues to develop, including the migration of healthy teeth, an increased risk of gum disease and cavities, and eventually jawbone deterioration and additional tooth loss. Missing teeth also hamper your ability to bite and chew and maintain proper oral hygiene habits. In addition to these increased oral health risks, patients with missing teeth often feel self-conscious about the appearance of their smile.
There are a range of dental treatment options available for patients who are missing a tooth or teeth, including dental implants, crowns, dental bridges, and dentures. Which treatment option is right for you will be determined by the number of missing teeth and the overall state of the teeth surrounding the missing tooth. Patients who are mission portions or all their teeth may be good candidates for dentures. These removable appliances can be an effective, expedient, and affordable method for restoring your smile and replacing missing teeth.
Along with improving the aesthetic appearance of your smile, dentures also provide important functional purposes that will enhance the functionality of your ability to chew, and prevent additional health issues from developing, such as tooth or jawbone loss. In order to prevent these issues from developing and maximizing the benefits of your dentures, it is critical that you wear them every day and follow proper maintenance. The two most common categories of denture types are full and partial. As the names indicate, full dentures are suggested for patients missing all their teeth, whereas partial dentures are used when at least one tooth is still present in either the lower or upper jaw.
To ensure that you have a clear understanding of what is involved in the process of getting dentures and/or determine if dentures are right for you, please refer to the information provided below. If you have additional questions or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us today at 281-359-9100, or visit our office at 2325 Timber Shadows Drive, Building A, Kingwood TX 77339.
What to Expect for the Denture Process
Prior to having dentures placed, your dentist will need to perform an initial evaluation to determine if you are an ideal candidate for dentures, and if so, what type of denture is best fit for your unique needs.
Once this has been determined, the denture process will typically involve the following steps:
- An impression of your teeth and gums is made to ensure the dentures fit comfortably and securely.
- If necessary, teeth will be extracted and given time to heal prior to the impression being made
- Your bite is measured using wax rims
- Customized teeth designed to match the shape, size, and shade of your preferred aesthetic appearance is designed in a laboratory
- A follow-up appointment is scheduled to test the fit of a mock-up denture set and allow you an opportunity to practice wearing them
- If you and the dentist are happy with the look and feel of the mock-up, the laboratory will design the final set of dentures
- At your final appointment, you will be fitted one last time and any additional adjustments required will be made
- Regular check-up appointments are scheduled to ensure the fit is correct, with adjustments being made as necessary
It is common for patients to experience some discomfort with their dentures for the first few weeks, including minor soreness or irritation. It is also common to have an increase in saliva during this time. These issues will generally go away over time, but if they persist, contact our office, as this may indicate that an infection has developed. If the dentures feel too tight or too loose, schedule an appointment to have them adjusted.
Proper Denture Care
To ensure that you avoid developing denture-related issues, it is important to follow these guidelines:
- Remove dentures after eating and rinse them with water
- Be careful not to damage the dentures when removing them
- After removal, clean your teeth, palate, tongue and cheeks using a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Brush dentures daily
- Soak dentures at night
- Always rinse dentures before putting them back in your mouth
In addition to following these guidelines, it is equally important that you continue scheduling regular dental exams. Doing so will ensure that we can provide professional cleanings, monitor your overall oral health, and address issues before they develop into something more serious. These regular visits will also allow us to make adjustments to your dentures if necessary to ensure that you are not experiencing slippage and/or unnecessary discomfort.
Cost for Full & Partial Dentures
The cost of getting dentures will depend upon what type of dentures you are having placed, any additional procedures that need to be performed, and what insurance coverage from your dental plan can be applied. It is important to be aware that you are fully responsible for all fees of treatment, and payment is due at the time of service, regardless of your insurance coverage. Monthly payment plans can be arranged, but this will need to be accomplished prior to the procedure being performed. Although we will not have a contractual arrangement with your provider, our staff is happy to assist with processing your insurance claim to ensure that you maximize your benefits and receive the high-quality care you need and deserve. For your convenience, we accept Mastercard, Visa and Discover.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Scheduling an appointment for dentures is the first and most important step towards restored functionality and sustained oral health. At Kingwood Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are dedicated to creating an environment where open dialogue is encouraged, so we can ensure you have a thorough understanding of the procedure being performed, and confidence that you are receiving high-quality specialized care designed to meet your unique needs. To learn more about dentures, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at 281-359-9100, or visit our office, which is located at 2325 Timber Shadows Drive, Building A, Kingwood TX 77339.
We look forward to hearing from you, and are committed to providing you with exceptional quality dental care that is grounded in a deep sense of respect!