Lakeline Ranch Dental
Ardalan Zahedi, BDS, DDS, DMD
General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Austin, TX
If you need to replace missing teeth, full or partial dentures can be the answer to your prayers. Dr. Ardalan Zahedi offers patients removable full and partial dentures to fill gaps in your smile at Lakeline Ranch Dental in Austin, Texas. Losing all or several of your teeth can make functions like chewing and speaking cumbersome and strained. Dentures improve those functions, improving your quality of life. To find out if you’re a good candidate for dentures, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Dentures Q & A
What are dentures?
Dentures are removable dental appliances that replace missing teeth. If you lose teeth, whether it’s from an injury, tooth decay, or gum disease, dentures provide aesthetic benefits and help you maintain good oral health. Also, your dentures can be custom-made to mirror the appearance of your natural teeth.
There are two types of dentures: full and partial. If you’re missing all your teeth, full dentures can replace them. Partial dentures can replace one or a few missing teeth.
How do dentures work?
Once you decide on dentures, Dr. Zahedi takes impressions of your teeth and gums at his office. Your dentures are custom-made in a dental lab based on those impressions.
Dentures include a gum-like acrylic base that fits over your natural gums. Attached to that base is a set of adjoined replacement teeth. Typically, a metal framework supports your removable dentures.
After your dentures are made, Dr. Zahedi has you return for a follow-up appointment to fit you with your new appliance. Your new dentures may feel a bit uncomfortable for the first few weeks, or even months.
Eating and speaking with your new dentures takes a little practice. It’s not uncommon to feel like they’re constantly loose while your cheek and tongue muscles get used to supporting them.
What are the benefits of dentures?
If you lose teeth, your facial muscles droop, making your face appear sunken. One of the benefits of dentures is they fill out your facial structure and profile. Dentures also closely match the appearance of your natural teeth and restore a healthy-looking smile.
Gaps in your smile can be problematic. Your remaining teeth naturally shift to fill them, which increases your risk of tooth decay or gum disease. Dentures fill in those gaps and improve your oral health.
How long do dentures last?
Your dentures should last at least 5-8 years. However, the lifespan of your dentures largely depends on how well you care for them.
It’s important you treat your dentures like natural teeth. Brushing and flossing daily and keeping a healthy diet can go a long way toward ensuring your dentures last. Also, when you remove your dentures, keep them in water.
To find out if dentures may be right for you, call or schedule an initial consultation online today.