Dentures in Pflugerville

Sizing dentures for a patient

If you’re missing one or more of your teeth in Pflugerville, we can help restore your smile and your ability to chew and speak with carefree ease. At Pflugerville Family Dentistry, we offer natural-looking, long-lasting dentures for patients in Round Rock, Hutto, and North Austin. Call today to set up a consultation!

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are often recommended for patients who are missing just a few teeth. They consist of multiple false teeth, which are attached to a wire and plastic framework. This framework clips onto your remaining healthy teeth, holding the false teeth in place and restoring your smile.

Often, partial dentures are used as a “stop-gap” solution before permanent tooth replacement with a dental bridge or dental implant, but some patients opt to use partial dentures as a long-term solution to restore their missing teeth.

Full Dentures

Full dentures are intended to replace the upper, lower, or both arches of your teeth. If you have serious oral health issues like advanced gum disease, numerous decayed or infected teeth, or have experienced serious oral/facial trauma, full dentures may be the best way to restore your smile.

After your remaining teeth are extracted, full dentures are built to fit precisely over your gums and restore your teeth. Your dentures will fit onto your gums perfectly, and they are held in place with friction. Denture adhesive can also be used for a stronger hold and tighter fit. 

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What Are The Benefits Of Dentures?

Compared to other methods of smile restoration, dentures have some unique benefits. First, they are very affordable. Both partial and full dentures are cost-effective and are typically covered by insurance, which ensures you can get the dental care you need.

Dentures also offer fast results. You can have a full or partial denture place in just 2-3 appointments over a period of a few weeks. In contrast, some other options like dental implants require 3-6 months of treatment before your smile will be restored.

Who Are The Best Patients For Dentures?

If you are missing a few of your natural teeth but your remaining teeth are strong, you are likely a good candidate for partial dentures. Getting a set of partial dentures will let you restore your appearance and your bite, and prevent further complications such as teeth shifting towards your empty tooth sockets.

If you are missing most or all of your natural teeth, or all of your teeth have been severely damaged, full dentures may be a good fit for you. Full dentures are only recommended if you have serious oral health issues because they require the extraction of all of your remaining teeth before they can be placed.

Are Dentures Comfortable?

Yes! At Pflugerville Family Dentistry, Dr. Mun specializes in building custom-fitted, comfortable dentures. Whether you’re restoring a few teeth with partial dentures or you’re restoring both arches of your smile with full dentures, Dr. Mun will ensure that your new smile fits perfectly, and causes you absolutely no discomfort. Contact us to schedule your appointment now.

How To Get Comfortable With New Dentures

The first month of wearing new dentures will be the most uncomfortable and will take a lot of getting used to. However, as time goes on, you will feel much more comfortable and tasks like speaking and eating will feel more natural.

Right after the placement of your new dentures, you can expect to experience some gum soreness, difficulty speaking clearly, excess saliva, auditory changes, and diet restrictions. Within a few weeks, much of this will resolve on its own. 

Soreness will go away with time, as you continue to wear your dentures and they adjust to the contours of your mouth. However, rinsing your mouth with a lukewarm saltwater solution can reduce this discomfort, as can taking anti-inflammatory pain medication. If soreness persists, contact us. You may need a denture adjustment.

You will need to eat a soft food diet until you get used to your dentures. After the first month, you can start to incorporate chewier foods. However, you should cut your food into small bites and make sure you are evenly distributing chewing forces in the back of the mouth.

You may notice that you sound louder than normal. This is because of changes to the way sound travels from your mouth. After a few weeks, you will get used to this and feel reassured that you do not sound as loud to other people as you do to yourself. 

To address excessive saliva production, you can suck on hard candy or drink more water to encourage more swallowing. If you are still experiencing problems after 30 days, contact us at Pflugerville Family Dentistry.

Do Dentures Change Your Facial Structure? 

Yes, dentures can change your facial structure, but they can be for the better. When you have missing teeth, you will suffer from bone loss. This causes changes in your bite and facial structure, which can contribute to premature facial sagging and a lack of support in the mouth area. 

This can lead to a sunken-in or lop-sided appearance. However, properly fitting dentures can fully recover your smile by restoring the support in your mouth and filling in any sunken areas. 

Dentures do not, however, prevent bone loss as only dental implants can do that. This means that over time, you will need to have your dentures replaced, as your facial structure may continue to change. New dimensions will need to be taken about every 5-10 years so we can ensure your dentures are fitting properly and offering the support that you need.

How To Care For New Dentures

When it comes to caring for your new dentures, you should keep them clean and store them properly. You should clean your dentures at least once a day with a denture cleaner and a soft-bristle toothbrush. 

Most dentures need to soak overnight to keep their shape, so soak them in a denture solution overnight. Always rinse them out when taking them out and before putting them back in. You should also clean your mouth before reinserting your dentures. 

Attend regular dental visits every 6 months. Be careful not to drop your dentures and don’t run them under hot water, which can damage them.