SERVING GEORGETOWN, TEXAS
What are the Benefits of Dentures?
Dentures don’t just fill the gap in your smile left by missing teeth. They also restore health and function to your whole mouth, with specific benefits including:
- Clearer speech
- Improved chewing ability
- Better support for facial features and remaining natural teeth
- Renewed confidence and self-assurance
Make no mistake, these are not your grandparents’ dentures. Our doctors use advanced techniques that allow a better fit and function and reverse the sunken-in appearance that is so often seen following tooth loss. Not only can this take years off of your appearance, it can restore poise, improve self-esteem, and allow you to feel comfortable no matter what your day brings.
During your free denture consultation at our Georgetown office, we will happily discuss these benefits in greater detail to help you understand just how impactful a restored smile can be.
Our Denture Options:
Whether you need a complete denture to replace an arch of teeth or a partial denture to replace just a few missing teeth, Dr. Mandy and Dr. Mark use the most progressive labs and materials to provide you a customized prosthesis designed to look just like natural teeth.
Our dentists offer three different types of dentures:
- Conventional: These rest on the gum tissue and are usually supported by adhesives.
- Snap-on: These are supported by dental implants and are removable by the patient.
- Screw-retained: These are also implant supported, but they can only be removed by the dentist.
By anchoring the denture with dental implants, it will also feel like natural teeth and stay put inside of the mouth, allowing you to eat, talk, and laugh without worry. A key advantage of implant-supported dentures is stimulation of your jaw bone. By preventing the bone loss that occurs after losing a tooth, dental implants keep the other teeth from shifting in your mouth, further preserving the look and function of your teeth and entire face.
Personalized Denture Treatment Planning:
No two mouths are the same, so our dentists create dentures that are custom designed for each individual’s unique needs. Combining advanced experience with the latest techniques and technology, Dr. Mandy and Dr. Mark also personalize treatment through:
- Sessions with a TENS (transcutaneous electrical neural stimulation) unit to relax muscles and help you maintain optimal physiological position and fit
- Golden proportion calipers to ensure a more aesthetic, natural-looking smile that eliminates the sunken-in look – some patients even experience a “facelift” effect
- Careful evaluation and patient communication before dentures are fabricated to keep post-delivery adjustments to a minimum.
"Dr. Mark Duncan is Absolutely the most caring dentist to ever provide my dental care. I am a senior citizen, lived in many different cities/states, and have received dental care from numerous dentists. Dr. Duncan is the best, as always sincerely listens to concerns, takes the time to provide information and options, and always with kindness. His personality and dental skills have been a blessing to me. in addition, his assistant Ray is also personable, comforting, and efficient. " - D.F.
Are there any risks involved with getting Dentures?
Dentures are a safe and effective treatment for people who have missing or badly damaged teeth. There are few risks involved in the treatment process itself. The primary risks come after dentures have been made and are worn on a daily basis. It is necessary to take excellent care of your dentures every day, otherwise they may develop a biofilm that can harbor dangerous bacteria like staphylococcus aureus.
How should I prepare for receiving my Dentures?
There is little to do to prepare for getting dentures besides practicing good oral health and seeing your dentist. Depending on your situation, your dentist may schedule pre-denture treatments such as tooth extractions. At your consultation visit, our team is happy to answer questions and will provide you with the information you need to prepare for your recovery period after any necessary treatments and after your dentures have been inserted.
Are dentures painful in any way?
New dentures can be uncomfortable for a few weeks as the gums, tongue, and muscles of the mouth get used to the appliance. Once you are used to your dentures, though, you should not have pain. If you do at some point, it could be that your dentures need to be adjusted. Sometime, pain may stem from debris getting beneath the denture and rubbing the gums.
Finally, people who wear dentures get a yeast infection, better known as thrush. Issues with debris and infection can be avoided by removing and cleaning dentures every day as recommended by your dentist.
How do I maintain and take care of my dentures?
Taking care of your dentures is as important as taking care of natural teeth. To maintain your dentures, you should:
- Handle with care: Dentures are easily damaged if dropped or left where children or animals may find them. When removing dentures for cleaning, it is helpful to place a towel over the sink in case they are accidentally dropped.
- Remove and rinse after meals: This helps dislodge debris that could cause odor or discomfort.
- Clean and soak dentures every day: It is easiest to place dentures into a glass of water or denture cleanser before going to bed. If a denture cleanser is used, always rinse the dentures before inserting into the mouth.
- Brush dentures daily using a soft toothbrush and approved denture cleaner. Remember to do this over a towel in case the dentures drop.
- Take good care of your gums, too! Without natural teeth, there is no reason to floss to maintain healthy gums. Instead, you can brush your gums gently using nonabrasive toothpaste. Doing so helps prevent bacteria and plaque that could degrade the gum tissue and affect the way your dentures fit.
- See your dentist: Regular dental checkups remain important even when you have dentures. These visits may involve a thorough examination of the dentures and will also observe your gums and oral tissue for signs of gingivitis or other infection.
How many hours a day should I wear my dentures?
When you first begin wearing your new dentures, your dentist may advise you to keep them in your mouth most of the time, even while you sleep. Near-constant wear helps your mouth get used to the feel of your dentures on the gums. Once you are accustomed to your dentures, though, you should take them out for 6 to 8 hours a day. Most people do this when they sleep, placing their dentures in a glass of water or denture solution.
What happens if I sleep with my Dentures in?
If at all possible, you should not sleep with your dentures in your mouth. There are several reasons to remove the appliance for several hours a day. If you cannot do so when you sleep due to a condition like obstructive sleep apnea, you should remove your dentures at another time.
Wearing dentures for 24 hours a day can lead to significant health risks. Studies have shown that dentures can develop a biofilm of plaque that can cause respiratory infection or other illnesses and disease by harboring bacteria or fungi. Thrush is a common oral infection that has been found in people who wear their dentures for too long each day.
Dentures also affect the gums and underlying bone. The appliance puts pressure on these structures, which contributes to bone resorption. This is the gradual decrease in bone density and volume. Bone resorption is a natural effect of losing natural teeth and wearing dentures. Continual wear speeds up this process. As a result, dentures may become loose more quickly and require more frequent adjustments to prevent falling out or rubbing against the gums.
What do I need to avoid after getting my dentures?
Getting dentures can be a big adjustment. You will need to learn how to eat and speak with a new set of teeth that aren’t secured as your natural teeth were. In the early days with your new dentures, your gums will be adjusting to biting and chewing. You may also be somewhat sore from any procedures you’ve had done or just from getting used to your new dentition. Avoiding certain foods can help you in this process.
When getting used to your dentures, eat softer foods such as:
- Soft eggs
- Mashed potatoes
Generally, it is best to avoid:
- Sticky foods
- Foods that have small particles, such as popcorn or bagels with small seeds
- Hard foods that may cause uneven pressure on the jaw. Examples include nuts, corn on the cob, and carrots.
- Tough meats that require a lot of chewing. If a steak causes sore spots, you know it’s too tough.
Also take care in your consumption of hot foods and beverages. Dentures are insulating and may affect how your mouth senses heat.
Contact Us Today!
If you’ve lost one or more teeth due to age, injury, or illness, dentures are a tooth replacement option that can help rebuild the function of your teeth and the overall health of your smile. Our Georgetown area dentists can recommend comfortable, natural looking dentures that fit the unique shape of your smile and restore function and beauty with uncompromising quality and lasting results.
During your complimentary consultation, we will examine your oral health and discuss your cosmetic and tooth replacement concerns to determine if dentures are the right dental restoration option for you.
To learn more about lifelike tooth replacement with dentures, please call Aesthetic Dentistry of Georgetown at 512-819-9100 today to schedule your complimentary consultation. We welcome patients from all surrounding areas of Texas.