Missing teeth not only affect your smile, but the gaps they leave can also cause surrounding teeth to shift, leading to bone loss, tooth decay, and gum disease. The team at Advanced Dental Care of Austin in Austin, Texas, provides replacement teeth called dentures to fill gaps in your smile. Dentures can help improve functions affected by missing teeth, including speech, digestion, and chewing. To find out if dentures may be right for you, call or use the online booking tool today.
Dentures are natural-looking prosthetic teeth used to fill the gaps in your smile and restore your appearance. They include replacement teeth that closely match the appearance of your natural teeth and a fleshy, gum-like base.
Missing teeth affect both your self-image and oral health, so choosing to get dentures can enact dramatic change in your life.
There are two types of dentures: full and partial dentures. Full dentures are full sets of replacement teeth used in cases where you’re missing all of your teeth. Partial dentures are smaller sets of either top, bottom, front, or back teeth that can replace multiple missing teeth or one lone missing tooth.
At Advanced Dental Care of Austin, dentures are made using detailed impressions of your teeth taken at the office. Those impressions are then sent off to an outside dental lab where your custom-made dentures are produced according to your dentist’s specifications.
Once your dentures are ready, you come into the office for a follow-up appointment to have them placed. The procedure itself is simple.
They’ll either securely fit along your gum line, or, if you have strong enough jawbone, you can attach your dentures to dental implants for added support. Implant-supported dentures have special clasps that secure them to your dental implants.
Your dentist will monitor your progress and make sure you adjust well to your new dentures.
With proper care, dentures can last up to 10 years, if not longer. The best way to ensure your dentures last is by treating them like natural teeth. Brush and floss them gently each day so that food particles don’t accumulate in your dentures, as that can cause bacteria to build up.
When you aren’t wearing your dentures, you should keep them in warm water to prevent them from drying out.
To maintain your oral health, keep your regular appointments at the office with your dentist. Your mouth changes naturally over time and your new dentures may need minor sizing adjustments or repairs over the years.
To find out more about dentures, call or use the online booking tool today and set up an appointment at the office.