Dentures refer to removable appliances that replace natural teeth. While we may offer partial dentures if you’re only missing some teeth, we can also provide you with full dentures to replace all of your teeth. Sometimes referred to as false teeth, these well-engineered and perfectly fitted appliances will perform all of the functions of your lost teeth. They will help you enjoy speaking, eating, and smiling with confidence. If it’s time to get your first set or replace worn ones, you can rely upon us for the best kind of dentures or denture alternatives. Find out how you can benefit from our dental services, what to expect from dentures, and more about some possible alternatives to dentures. Why Rely Upon Bunker Hill Dentistry for Full or Partial Dentures? If you need to replace some or all of your teeth, you may have various options. Here at Bunker Hill Dentistry, we will offer you the latest advances in denture technology to maximize comfort, appearance, and reliability. We will also base our suggestions to replace your missing teeth upon your financial situation, health, and preferences. If you need to replace an old set of dentures or get fitted for your first one, call 832-834-5281 or schedule an appointment online. Schedule An Appointment Not been to Bunker Hill Dentistry before? To help you prepare for your first visit, read our new patient information page. How Dentures Benefit You Dentures will benefit you in several ways: Improved appearance: Not only will dentures replace missing teeth with even, white ones, they will also support your facial muscles, which will help restore a more healthy and youthful appearance. More confidence and enjoyment: With our high-quality dentures, you no longer need to worry what others think about your teeth. Improved function: Dentures provide a good, comfortable fit that will let you eat, speak, and smile with confidence. Comfortable to wear: Dentures no longer deserve the reputation of being awkward and uncomfortable. Advances in denture technology have meant more denture options than ever before and more comfortable appliances. Are You a Good Candidate for Dentures? Almost anybody who has lost teeth or needs to replace old dentures will be a suitable candidate for removable dentures. Most people who are not good candidates for other tooth-replacement options can enjoy dentures. In many cases, dentures also provide a cost-effective solution, especially for people who need many or all of their teeth replaced. During your consultation, we’ll learn enough about you to suggest the best options for your situation. What Are the Different Kinds of Dentures? These are examples of different kinds of dentures that we might suggest for you: Full dentures: Sometimes called complete dentures, these removable sets mimic the appearance of healthy teeth and gums and replace all of your teeth. Partial dentures: If you have some healthy teeth, partial dentures can replace only the missing ones and fit over your healthy teeth. Overdentures: Like partial dentures, these work when you still have some healthy teeth. They’re fitted to dental implants, giving them additional stability. Immediate dentures: Your mouth may need to heal before we can fit you with permanent dentures. Our dentist can fit you with immediate dentures at the same time your teeth are removed so you won’t leave the dental office with missing teeth. Denture Procedures Your dental procedure might vary because of the type of dentures you get. For instance, some types of dentures are fully removable, but in other cases, the dentist may suggest attaching dentures to implants. Very often, the process will start after having teeth extracted. You may need to wait for several weeks for your mouth to heal. Still, you can go home the same day with immediate dentures. These will perform the same functions as permanent sets, but they’re only meant to last a short time. The temporary appliances will give your mouth time to heal. Once you’ve recovered, the dentist can take measurements and order your new set of permanent dentures. After-Treatment Care of Dentures We will give you instructions for caring for your mouth and immediate dentures during the healing process. Once you take your permanent set of removable dentures home, you will need to clean them daily. Just as with natural teeth, tartar and plaque can build up. We will suggest products and manual processes to follow to keep your dentures clean. It’s also important to remove this kind of denture each night to give your gums a chance to heal. How Long Do Dentures Last? Even though they’re called permanent dentures, you can’t expect your set to last forever. Over time, they may wear down and get stained. Plus, your mouth may change, so the dentures won’t fit as well. Typically, expect dentures to last between five and seven years before you need to consider replacing them. Even though you may not have any natural teeth, you will still need periodic dental appointments to check your oral health and ensure a good fit. If you experience problems, you can always make an appointment. You can extend the lifespan of your dentures by avoiding certain kinds of food. For example, you should probably reserve sticky, hard, or tough types of food for occasional treats. Some examples of riskier food for people with dentures include popcorn, gummy candy, and tough meat. In particular, you may want to eat softer foods when you’re still adjusting to your dentures. Safer foods for people with dentures include fish, ground beef, pasta, and rice. Alternatives to Dentures for People With Missing Teeth Most people are good candidates for dentures. However, people who are only missing a few teeth and have reasonable healthy mouths may qualify for other options, available at Bunker Hill Dentistry, that may offer convenience and feel more natural. These include: Dental implants: Dental implants can provide a more durable and convenient option than dentures. Generally, they will feel just like your natural teeth and may last a lifetime. Dental bridges: People who are only missing one tooth and have healthy surrounding teeth may benefit from a dental bridge. As with implants, these can be cared for and feel just like natural teeth. Overdentures: Mentioned above as a type of denture, these are attached to implants and are suitable for patients who only have a few natural teeth left. At Bunker Hill Dentistry, we offer implant-supported dentures, a type of overdenture. Schedule a Denture Consultation At Bunker Hill Dentistry, we will base our suggestions to replace missing teeth or old dentures upon your lifestyle, oral health, and budget. Don’t wait to enjoy the benefits of an affordable, caring, state-of-the art dental practice in Houston, TX. Schedule An Appointment Not been to Bunker Hill Dentistry before? To help you prepare for your first visit, read our new patient information page.