Dentures – Clute, TX

Efficiently Replacing Multiple Teeth

If you have missing teeth, dentures are some of the simplest means of replacing them. They are removable appliances that you can wear in your mouth to replace some or all of your teeth. There are two types of dentures — full and partial dentures. Full dentures are meant for people who have lost all of their teeth, and these can give you a complete set. Partial dentures are meant for people who have lost some of their teeth. Contact us to determine if you are a candidate for dentures in Clute.

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What Are Full and Partial Dentures?

Two partial dentures and two full dentures in Clute

Dentures are simply replacement teeth that are attached to a gum-colored or pink, plastic base that is connected to a metal framework that you wear in your mouth. This is a completely removable external appliance, but it takes the place of your actual teeth. There are two types of dentures — full and partial dentures.

Full dentures, as the name suggests, are a complete set of fake teeth. Partial dentures are replacement teeth if you’ve only lost a few but still have some intact. They are also useful because they prevent the surrounding, existing natural teeth from drifting or moving around, as they’re likely to do if you have some missing teeth.

Why Would Someone Get Removable Partial Dentures?

Redheaded woman seeing her smile in mirror after getting dentures

You can get removable partial dentures for a lot of different reasons:

  • You’ve already lost multiple teeth in a single arch, but there are still plenty of healthy teeth worth keeping.
  • You are looking for a tooth replacement solution that’s more affordable than dental bridges and implants.
  • You want a non-invasive way to replace your missing teeth without making alterations to the teeth you still have.
  • You need time to decide on a permanent solution for replacing teeth and need something to fill the space in the meantime.

How Much Do Partial Dentures Cost?

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Partial dentures may seem like an expensive solution to some, but it’s far more reasonable than the alternatives. You can get metal partial dentures for $935 to $1,975, and flexible ones for $1,075 to $1,500. You can also get limited insurance coverage for partial dentures.

Partial Dentures Fitting Process

Gloved hand holding a partial denture

You need to go for an initial consultation so the dentist can decide if you need removable partial dentures and discuss all of your options. The following is an overview of the steps involved in the removable partial dentures fitting process:

  • The dentist will have to take an impression of your mouth by asking you to bite into a mold. The dentist will also gauge how your jaws interact with each other to replicate it in the dentures.
  • The dentist will send the mold and the measurements to a laboratory so they can create a wax mold or plastic model of the denture. You’ll have to wear the trial dentures so that the dentist can examine if they’re suitable for you. The dentist will then send any recommendations for changes to the laboratory, and they’ll prepare the final set of dentures.
  • In the next session, you’ll wear the dentures, and the dentist will demonstrate how to maintain them.

How Do Flexible Partial Dentures Feel?

Person holding a partial denture in their hand

Initially, the sensation of the flexible partial dentures will be strange. Since you’ve never worn them before, they’ll feel unnatural and maybe a little uncomfortable. In some cases, you may also experience some soreness in your mouth, irritation, and you may salivate more than usual. Aesthetically, they’ll look just like real teeth, so they’re most likely to improve your cosmetic appearance.

How to Maintain Full and Partial Dentures

Person cleaning their denture with a toothbrush

You should follow these tips to ensure your full and partial dentures remain strong:

  • When cleaning your dentures, make sure that the denture cleaner you use has been approved by the American Dental Association. Do not clean dentures with household cleaners or toothpaste; these substances could potentially damage your artificial teeth. You should always hold your dentures over a towel or a sink full of water so that they won’t be broken or hit the floor if you happen to drop them.
  • Brush your dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush on a daily basis. This helps keep plaque from building up and reduces the risk of discoloration.
  • Take the time to clean your dentures after every meal to prevent them from becoming stained.
  • Keep your dentures moist at all times, even when they’re outside your mouth. If they dry out, they could potentially lose their shape and not fit properly anymore. When you take your dentures out at night, you should leave them soaking in a denture solution.
  • Always rinse your dentures under lukewarm water before putting them back in your mouth.

How to Adjust Partial Dentures

Hand wearing a blue glove holding a partial denture

Adjusting flexible partial dentures is necessary once in a while because your body and mouth shape keeps changing over time. Based on how your mouth changes, the dentures will also need to be adjusted accordingly. If you don’t adjust them, they can harm your mouth by causing infections and sores.

When it comes to adjusting an ill-fitting denture, you should completely avoid over-the-counter DIY solutions because they are useless at best and harmful at worst. These solutions can damage your dentures, which can be a big expense for you. They can also be a health hazard to you. That’s why you should consult your dentist whenever your flexible partial dentures need to be fixed.