Dentures have long been a popular method of replacing missing teeth. A number of treatment options are open to many patients who seek dentures, and the ability to take dentures out as needed means that dental hygiene is easy to maintain as a denture wearer. Either full or partial dentures can be used by patients who need to replace all or some of their teeth, respectively. Here is more about each of the two common types of dentures from our expert in full dentures in Houston.
Full dentures are used to replace all of the teeth in the mouth of a patient. Although full dentures may be recommended by our Houston full dentures expert for patients who have already lost all of their teeth, some individuals may benefit from having their few remaining teeth extracted to make way for full dentures. Full dentures may vary slightly in terms of their construction, but designs normally involve false teeth set in artificial, flesh-colored gums that are made of acrylic. Stability is most commonly controlled by suction against the gums. As the jaws change shape over time, patients require new dentures to ensure stability and a more natural appearance.
Partial dentures are similar to full ones in that they hold false teeth in natural-looking artificial gums. However, this treatment from our Houston partial dentures expert can be used to replace one or several teeth as an alternative to other tooth replacements, such as dental implants and bridge-supported dentures. Stabilization of partial dentures may be accomplished with the use of a metal brace anchored to remaining natural teeth or dental implants placed in the jaw bone.
Either of these tooth replacements from our expert in partial dentures in Houston can last for many years with proper care. Like natural teeth, dentures benefit from daily brushing. When patients remove their dentures, they should clean and soak them using products recommended by our dentist. Over time, repairs or replacement of full or partial dentures may become necessary for continued use. A consultation with our Houston dentist can be scheduled by patients who want to learn more about these treatments and candidacy requirements.
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