Dentures and Partials – Austin, TX
Eat and Speak Normally Again
Living with missing teeth can be extremely difficult, but luckily they can be replaced so that you can continue living a full life. Whether you have an entire arch missing or just a few gaps here and there, Parkfield Family Dental can fill in that empty space with dentures or partials. If you expect to be dealing with extensive tooth loss some time in the near future, contact our office as soon as possible to schedule a consultation.
What are Dentures and Partials?
Dentures are the most well-known kind of prosthetic teeth. Usually when the term is used, it’s referring to full dentures. These are used when all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw are missing. In many cases, a few teeth are remaining and need to be removed before you can get your new teeth; after that, you’ll usually wait a few months for your mouth to heal, but sometimes you can get immediate dentures that are inserted right away. Most dentures rely on either natural suction or adhesive to stay in the mouth.
If there are still plenty of healthy teeth in your mouth that are worth saving, partials (or partial dentures) will usually be recommended instead. Each partial is customized to replace missing teeth in specific areas. They’re often considered a removable alternative to dental bridges. Unlike traditional dentures, partials usually rely on a metal clasp to remain in place.
Who’s a Good Candidate for Dentures and Partials?
Obviously, anyone suffering from multiple lost teeth is a potential candidate for dentures or partials. Partials will usually be the first choice if only a few teeth are missing, and dentures are used for more extensive cases. Age isn’t a factor; patients of any age can get them.
There are a few cases where the patient’s overall health will need to be taken into account. For example, if you’re diabetic, you might need to take your dentures out more often to avoid irritating the gums. In general, your gums and jawbone need to be healthy enough to support your false teeth, and you also have to be willing to practice good denture maintenance.
Life with Dentures or Partials
Having a full set of teeth can make all the difference. You’ll be able to chew and eat a wide variety of foods, making it easier to maintain good nutrition. It’s also a lot easier to smile in front of people you’re meeting for the first time when you don’t have any gaps to worry about. You might have trouble pronouncing certain words at first, but this problem can be overcome with practice.
It’s important to make sure your new teeth stay clean and stain-free. Always remove and rinse them after eating. You should also remove them to clean them at least once a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a nonabrasive denture cleanser. Don’t forget to scrub the grooves that fit against the gums to get rid of any adhesive that might be there.