Natural teeth are one of our most precious personal assets, affecting our lifestyle, health and appearance. Although it is Dr. Patel’s goal to save and enhance natural teeth, tooth loss is a reality for many sufferers of periodontal disease, injury and decay. Anyone who has experienced tooth loss is familiar with how it affects self-confidence. Missing teeth not only negatively impact your self-confidence, but they can allow surrounding teeth to shift and create an uneven bite, leading to a host of other problems like bone loss, jaw stress, TMJ disorder, or headaches.
Read About One of Our Latest Austin Dentures Cases Below
Before and After Dentures Austin
Problem & Solution
Not all dentures are created equal…the difference of cosmetic dentures.
Our patient came to our office with a removable partial denture he wore to replace many of his top teeth that were missing and a lower complete denture to replace all of his lower teeth that were missing. His top teeth that were remaining were had infection and were not save able, so we opted to have them removed and decided to create a new upper full denture and a lower full denture.
The results look awesome and so natural! Our patient wanted a brighter smile that looked natural for him. We were able to achieve this by fitting him with custom Cosmetic Dentures. Cosmetic Dentures are different than Dentures because we incorporate all aspects of Cosmetic Dentistry when designing the Dentures. From the color of the gums, skin complexion, to the size, shape, color and alignment of the teeth, we take everything into account to ensure a great result! The minor imperfections make the result look so natural! Compared to his old partial denture and denture, where the
teeth were worn down and discolored, his new set made him look younger! We were also able to create a better fit and more comfortable denture for him as well with the final result!
False teeth don’t have to look false anymore!
Do missing teeth keep you from enjoying the lifestyle and the foods you love? More than just causing us to avoid social situations and miss out on our favorite foods, missing teeth also cause the jawbone to deteriorate. If left untreated, it only takes a few years for the bone to resorb to where it is impossible to have a functioning removable denture. And not only does the resulting facial collapse make you look much older than you are, but restoring such a mouth becomes very complex and expensive.
Getting dentures in Austin from Dr. Patel can make life easier every day. While you may miss your natural teeth, dentures make it possible for you to eat well, fill gaps where natural teeth are missing, improve your appearance and support your facial muscles so you maintain your appearance. Dentures require special care, however, as does the rest of your mouth. Daily cleaning and regular dental visits are just as important now that you are a denture wearer as they were before you got your dentures.
Many people who are missing teeth are afraid a “fake” tooth will look even worse than no tooth at all. With Dr. Tejas Patel’s artistic skills and state-of-the-art dental implant techniques, he is able to recreate incredibly natural-looking dental implants that are strong and aesthetically pleasing.
Types of Dentures Available in Austin
If you have several missing teeth, one option for replacing them is with a removable partial denture. A partial denture may be entirely acrylic/plastic based or rest on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth and serve as anchors for the denture. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges.
A dental flipper is a much simpler device and much less expensive to make. An acrylic tooth is fastened to an acrylic plate, and metal clips may be fashioned to help hold it in place. However, a dental flipper isn’t very securely fastened, and it may have to be removed for eating. It is generally recommended only as a temporary tooth replacement.
With either device, they need to be removed from the mouth and cleaned after every time you eat. If not, the places where they clip onto your teeth will tend to decay very readily.
Full Dentures Austin
With full dentures, a flesh-colored acrylic base fits over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the palate (the roof of your mouth), while that of the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue.
A conventional full denture is placed in your mouth after any remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed. Healing make take several months, during which time you are without teeth and may need an immediate denture.
An immediate full denture is inserted immediately after any remaining teeth are removed. (Dr. Patel will have made a model of your jaw at a prior visit.) While immediate dentures offer the benefit of never having to be without your teeth, they must be relined several months after being inserted. The reason is because the bone supporting the teeth reshapes as it heals, causing the denture to become loose.
Implant Supported Dentures Austin
Complete dentures almost always require to be retained with dental implants, otherwise you could have significant trouble. Here we will explain why:
When all your teeth are extracted, over the next few years you will have a condition called “facial collapse”.
However, if dental implants are placed, they will stop this process. That is a primary reason for having your complete denture retained by dental implants.
Mini Implants are a great option for helping secure dentures that fit loosely. For example, several Mini implants under a lower dentures can greatly increase the retention of the denture.
Additionally, implants will secure your denture so that you will be able to function normally, without awkwardness in speaking and eating, and without the continual annoyance of sore spots, your teeth coming loose at embarrassing times, or other difficulties associated with the wearing of false teeth.
Maintaining your Austin Dentures:
Regular Denture Cleaning
Each day before you put your dentures in, use a brush with soft bristles to brush your remaining natural teeth, as well as your gums and your tongue. This will remove plaque that builds up overnight that can lead to gum disease. Pay special attention to any teeth that fit underneath the denture’s metal clasp, because bacteria trapped between the metal and your tooth can cause tooth decay.
Your dentures also need to be cleaned on a daily basis, after meals, and when you remove them for the night. Cleaning them will remove food particles and plaque, prevent them from becoming stained, and keep them tasting and smelling fresh when you put them in your mouth.
Dr. Patel will tell you the best kind of brushes and toothpaste/cleaning solutions to keep your dentures clean. Hand soap and mild dish washing liquid are also acceptable for use. Don’t use toothpastes that contain abrasive cleaners because they may scratch and weaken the denture.
Keeping Dentures in Good Repair
Dentures are durable enough to stand up to chewing and biting, but fragile when they are out of your mouth. Dropping them or throwing them down on a sink or counter can break a tooth or part of the denture base.
When your denture teeth are front teeth, avoid biting down directly on crunchy or hard foods, like hard pretzels, crusty bread, or even oversized sandwiches. They can all cause a denture to break because of the angle where your denture tooth meets the hard surface. Be careful when biting into whole apples with your dentures as well; cut them into wedges instead.
If your denture cracks or breaks, or if your denture tooth is chipped or loose, call Dr. Patel immediately. Dentures can usually be repaired quickly, even the same day, but do not continue to use a damaged denture without letting a dentist see it.
Take your dentures out at night and place them in a container of water or a solution designed to clean dentures while they soak. Dentures that dry out can become brittle and may also change shape.
Ask Dr. Patel for a container that will conceal your dentures while they soak, so your dentures won’t sit out in plain view, but make sure that the container is labeled or placed in a safe place, especially if you are visiting someone or have visitors at your home. Never place a denture in boiling water or the microwave oven.
Affordable Austin Dentures Check-Ups
Seeing Dr. Patel regularly is still important. Your mouth is always changing, and he will check to make sure your dentures continue to fit properly and will examine them for any sign of damage.
In addition, Dr. Patel will examine your mouth, gums, tongue and jaw joints for any signs of problems. Some diseases, like diabetes, will actually show symptoms in mouth tissue; your oral health reflects the rest of your health and your dentist is an important member of your health care team.
Whether you need complete dentures or only a partial, cosmetic dentist Dr. Patel can help you get back to the lifestyle you enjoy. Call our office in Lakeway today for more information and to set a complimentary consultation.