Dentures Specialist

The Masters Dental Group

Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in San Antonio, TX

Over 20 million Americans wear dentures today. Whether you’ve lost your teeth from gum disease, trauma, or tooth decay, dentures can improve your oral health and your appearance. With a prosthodontist in office, Masters Dental Group of San Antonio, Texas offers a wide range of customizability in terms of color and tooth arrangement for your dream smile. Call today or schedule an appointment online to receive your consultation.

Dentures

The Masters Dental Group

What are dentures?

Dentures are removable appliances that help restore your smile by replacing missing teeth. Masters Dental Group typically recommends dentures to patients under two circumstances: if you are suffering from periodontal disease (gingivitis), or if you have extensive dental cavities. Gingivitis causes extensive bone loss in your jaw, which leads to loose teeth that can’t be saved. In the case of dental cavities, the decay on your teeth is so severe that they must be extracted for your health.

Depending on your condition and the current state of your teeth, a few different denture options are available:

  • Conventional
    • After your dentist removes your remaining teeth and your tissues heal, he/she fits a fully-removable denture in your mouth. The healing process could take several months.
  • Immediate
    • Your dentist inserts a removable denture on the same day he/she removes your remaining teeth. He/she takes measurements and makes models of your jaw during a preliminary visit. You don’t have to be without teeth during the healing period, but you may need to adjust your dentures or have them remade after your jaw heals fully.
  • Overdenture or partial denture
    • Sometimes your dentist can save some of your teeth to preserve your jawbone and provide stability and support for your new dentures. An overdenture fits over a small number of your remaining natural teeth, which function similarly to dental implants.

What are the benefits of dentures?

Losing all your teeth causes your facial muscles to sag, giving you an older appearance. Dentures help to fill out your facial features and can be made to resemble your natural smile so your appearance doesn’t change much.

Not only do they boost your appearance and allow you to chew your food with ease again, dentures help you speak easier -- something you wouldn’t think would be hard to do without teeth.

How to care for your dentures?

Practicing good dental hygiene is a necessity, even if you wear a full set of dentures. It’s important to brush your gums, tongue, and even the roof of your mouth every morning before inserting your dentures. Doing this helps to stimulate some circulation in your tissues and helps to remove unwanted plaque.

Caring for dentures is like caring for your natural teeth. You should brush your dentures daily to remove food particles and plaque, and to help prevent them from staining. Use a soft toothbrush so you don’t scratch the surface of your dentures and don’t forget to clean your mouth thoroughly. This includes your gums, cheeks, roof of your mouth, and tongue to remove any plaque and reduce the risk of oral irritation or bad breath. Lastly, when you’re not wearing your dentures, put them in a safe place covered in water to keep them from becoming disfigured.

What to expect with dentures?

It’s normal for your new dentures to feel awkward for a few weeks while your cheek muscles and tongue learn to keep them in place. It’s not unusual to experience minor irritation and soreness at first. You might also notice an increase of saliva flow too.

As your mouth becomes accustomed to your new dentures, these minor issues should go away over time. Masters Dental Group recommends scheduling follow up appointments so the fit of your dentures can be checked and adjusted if necessary. They’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have and make sure you leave their office feeling your best. Call or schedule an appointment online to see if dentures are the right option for you.