If you’ve lost teeth because of extractions, decay, or trauma, dentures can restore your smile and improve your quality of life. At his self-titled practice, experienced general and cosmetic dentist Jeffrey Busch, DDS, uses dentures to replace natural teeth, make biting and chewing easier, and encourage optimal oral health. To make an appointment in Houston, Texas, call the office or click the online booking feature today.
Dentures are prosthetics that replace your natural teeth. They’re made of tough materials like acrylic and nylon, allowing them to withstand the wear-and-tear that comes along with biting and chewing.
Dentures don’t last forever, but with routine checkups and good oral hygiene, you probably won’t have to replace them for 7-10* years.
Jeffrey Busch, DDS, offers several types of dentures, including:
Complete dentures replace all of the teeth on your upper or lower jaw. They have a metal base plate that’s shaped like a horseshoe, pink gums made of nylon, and artificial teeth made of plastic or porcelain. They rest on your gum tissue. You apply an adhesive to the bottom to prevent them from shifting out of position.
Partial dentures replace only a few of your permanent teeth. Instead of resting on top of your gums like complete dentures, partial dentures connect to small metal clasps.
If you don’t want to remove your dentures regularly, your provider might recommend implant-supported dentures. Implant-supported dentures are complete dentures that connect to dental implants. Once placed, you brush them like you would your natural teeth.
At the practice of Jeffrey Busch, DDS, getting dentures takes at least two visits.
Before recommending dentures, your provider conducts an oral exam and orders oral X-rays. That said, if you’re missing more than one permanent tooth, you’re a candidate.
To ensure your dentures fit perfectly, your provider takes digital impressions of your mouth. Then, they send your impressions to a denture laboratory that manufactures a custom set of artificial teeth.
When the denture laboratory completes your false teeth, you return to Jeffrey Busch, DDS. Your provider has you try on your dentures and makes adjustments as necessary. If your dentures move around or don’t fit as well as you’d like, ask your provider about implant-retained dentures.
Your mouth contains lots of bacteria, so it’s important to clean your dentures regularly. To reduce the buildup of plaque and tartar, take your dentures out after meals and snacks and rinse them in cool tap water.
To prevent cracks and chips, be very careful handling your dentures. When taking them out, try not to warp them or bend any of the clips.
Before going to bed, put your dentures in a cleaning solution. Your provider might also ask you to avoid certain foods and beverages that can cause damage (like hot coffee or hard candy).
To see if you can benefit from dentures, make an appointment at the practice of Jeffrey Busch, DDS, by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.