If you’re missing some or all of your permanent teeth, dentures can restore your smile and make it easier to bite, chew, and speak. At Edgewater Dental in Sugar Land, Texas, Ali Sajadi, MS, DDS, offers several types of dentures, including partial dentures, complete dentures, and implant-supported dentures. To schedule an appointment, book online, or call the office today.
Dentures are oral prosthetics used to replace missing permanent teeth. They’re made of materials like nylon, acrylic, and metal.
Traditional dentures rest on top of your gums. A denture adhesive or glue to holds them in place, which prevents them from slipping. Aside from restoring your ability to bite and chew, dentures prevent serious oral health problems like gum recession and bone decay.
At Edgewater Dental, Dr. Sajadi offers several types of dentures, including:
If you’re missing only a few permanent teeth, Dr. Sajadi might recommend partial dentures. Partial dentures contain several artificial teeth attached to a wireframe. The frame snaps into place around your remaining permanent teeth, holding the dentures firmly in place. Partial dentures are removable and easy to clean and care for.
If you’re missing a full arch of permanent teeth, you might benefit from complete dentures. Complete dentures feature a metal base plate, pink acrylic gums, and a full row of artificial teeth.
Complete dentures typically fit well at first but may begin to slip as your jawbone gradually changes shape. This is because the bony ridge that supports your natural teeth slowly wears away. As the ridge becomes flatter and narrower, you may notice the dentures slipping or sliding around.
If this happens, schedule an appointment at Edgewater Dental for a denture reline.
If you’re missing a full arch of permanent teeth and want a long-lasting, durable replacement, consider implant-supported dentures. Implant-supported dentures connect to several dental implants – small metal posts that fuse to your jawbone.
Implant-supported dentures are unique in that you don’t remove them. You treat them like your natural teeth by brushing and flossing regularly.
To determine if you’re a good candidate for dentures, Dr. Sajadi conducts an oral exam, reviews your oral health history, and asks about your goals for treatment. Afterward, he orders oral X-rays to get a closer look at your jawbone and remaining tooth roots.
If you’re missing some or all of your teeth, and another type of prosthetic like a bridge or crown doesn’t make sense for your specific situation, you’ll likely benefit from dentures.
If you want to keep your dentures in good shape, it’s important to clean them regularly. Dr. Sajadi recommends rinsing them in cool tap water after every meal, gently brushing them with a soft-bristle toothbrush daily, and soaking them overnight in a denture cleaning solution.
To learn more about restoring your smile with dentures, schedule an appointment at Edgewater Dental. Book online or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.