Whether you’re looking to replace a full arch of teeth or just a few, full and partial dentures may be a viable solution for you. With improved technology and technique, dentures look and feel more like natural teeth than ever before.

At Helotes Family Dentistry, we take pride in restoring our patients’ smiles and getting them back to life as they once knew it. Speak with a member of our team about how we can get you on the road to a fully functional smile today!

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Benefits of Dentures

While many people think of dentures as a treatment fit for the older generation, dentures have significantly improved in performance over time. Some of the most noteable benefits include:

Missing teeth often impacts your ability to consume certain foods. Dentures improve your ability to bite and chew, giving you access to all of your favorite snacks.

Dentures fill the space left behind by missing teeth that often impacts your ability to speak properly.

When you lose teeth, you’re left with unsightly gaps. Dentures close those gaps and give you a boost of confidence.

With proper care, dentures can last anywhere between ten and fifteen years.

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Process of Placing Dentures

We’ll begin the process with an initial consultation to discuss your oral health and choose the best shape, shade, and size for your false teeth. Next, we’ll take impressions of your gums and send them off to a lab where your dentures will be created. Once your dentures have come in, we’ll schedule an initial fitting where any necessary adjustments will be made and your prosthesis will be finalized. A follow-up appointment may be scheduled to see how you’re adjusting to the new addition.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the time, patients have to wait around six to eight weeks for their gums to heal before permanent dentures can begin being used. Of course, immediate dentures will be supplied following the extractions so that the patient can still eat and speak with relative ease during the healing process. Once the gums have healed and the permanent dentures have been made, we will schedule an appointment where the gums will be examined to make sure everything looks good and the dentures will be placed and adjusted to ensure they are comfortable.

The main difference between full and partial dentures is the amount of teeth that are replaced. Partial dentures are used when several teeth in a row need to be extracted or are already missing. Full dentures are utilized when all of the teeth are missing or all of them need to be extracted and replaced. Partial dentures can be made to rely on the support of the natural teeth by using clasps that clip on to the remaining teeth. Full dentures are held in place with adhesive that forms a bond with the gums or with dental implants.

Dentures are a permanent solution for patients who are missing some or all of their teeth. However, they are not permanently placed in the mouth the way dental implants are. Both full and partial dentures have to be removed to be cleaned and it is recommended that patients remove their dentures before going to sleep. Through denture stabilization, our dentures can attach to dental implants in the gums for added stability, allowing patients to eat and talk without worrying about their dentures moving and making them a good choice for patients who need a permanent replacement for some or all of their teeth.

Cost of Dentures

Treatment prices differ from patient to patient. During your first visit, we’ll conduct a thorough exam and create a treatment plan that is specific to your needs. Once we’ve decided to move forward with dentures, we’ll provide you with an accurate cost estimate and create a plan for payment. Our office offers several financial solutions to make affordable dentures a reality.

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