About 41 million Americans currently wear dentures. If you’re missing some or all of your permanent teeth, dentures can restore your smile while lowering your risk of oral health problems like gum recession and bone decay. At Lakewood Dentistry in Houston, Texas, Zaina Timmons-Farah, DDS, and the team offer both full-mouth and partial dentures. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the office and speak with a friendly staff member today.
Dentures are tailor-made oral prosthetics used to replace some or all of your permanent teeth. They’re affordable, durable, and don’t require surgery. Dentures rely on adhesives, suction, or metal clips to stay in place.
Dentures are removable, easy to care for, and long-lasting. They can improve your oral health as well as your confidence and self-esteem.
At Lakewood Dentistry, Dr. Farah and the team offer several types of dentures, including:
If you’re missing all of your permanent teeth, you might benefit from full-mouth dentures. Full-mouth dentures feature a metal base plate, a set of pink acrylic gums, and a full arch of artificial teeth.
Full-mouth dentures make it easy to bite, chew, and speak. They require very little maintenance and allow you to eat all of your favorite foods, including fresh vegetables, crackers, and even chips.
If you’re missing only some of your permanent teeth, you might benefit from partial dentures. Partial dentures feature a metal framework and several artificial teeth. The metal framework snaps snugly into place around your remaining permanent teeth. You can remove partial dentures at any time to brush or rinse them of food debris and plaque.
Getting dentures begins with a comprehensive oral exam. During your appointment, Dr. Farah reviews your oral health history, asks about your goals for treatment, and takes a series of oral X-rays. Afterward, she makes custom molds of your gums. Dr. Farah sends your molds to a dental laboratory that manufactures your full-mouth or partial dentures.
After the laboratory manufactures your dentures, you return to Lakewood Dentistry. At your second appointment, you try your dentures on and Dr. Farah makes adjustments as necessary. She also teaches you how to clean and care for your dentures and how to properly position them.
If you want to keep your dentures in great shape, it’s important to clean them daily. Dentures collect food particles, plaque, and bacteria just like your natural teeth. After each meal, take your dentures out and rinse them in cool tap water.
Before going to bed, gently brush your dentures with a soft-bristle toothbrush and toothpaste. Then, place them in an overnight solution to soak. This prevents your dentures from drying out and stops the build-up of harmful bacteria.
Dr. Farah might also recommend you avoid certain foods or beverages. For example, items that are extremely hot can cause your dentures to warp. Biting down on ice cubes or hard candies may cause your dentures to chip or crack.
To see if you’re a candidate for dentures, schedule an appointment at Lakewood Dentistry. Book a consultation online, or call the office and speak with a friendly staff member today.