A Long-Lasting and Affordable Solution
Having missing teeth can take a toll on your day-to-day routine, affect your self-esteem, and impact your overall health. If you’re missing several teeth, partial dentures can offer a long-term, affordable tooth replacement solution to restore your smile.
Our team in Longview takes the time to provide personalized care to our patients by providing customized tooth replacement options that look and feel natural. At your free consultation, Dr. Hobbs will review your needs to design your partial denture to fit your smile.
Below, learn more about partial dentures and what they can do for your smile.
What Are Partial Dentures?
If you still have healthy, untainted teeth remaining, a partial denture is an ideal choice to replace your missing teeth. A partial denture is a strong, removable bridge that replaces one or more missing teeth. This solution is secured using metal clasps that connect to your existing teeth.
Your partial dentures are custom-made to complement the shape, size, and color of your teeth to perfectly blend with your smile and give you a natural aesthetic. Your partial denture will allow you to eat comfortably, speak easier, and it can help prevent face distortion by supporting your jawbone and tightening your skin.
Partial dentures are an attractive, affordable, and minimally invasive tooth replacement option. They may be the right solution for you, if you want to:
- Replace several missing teeth
- Feel confident and comfortable smiling
- Eat comfortably again
- Enhance your appearance
If any of these apply to you, you’re likely a candidate for dentures. Unlike implants, dentures don’t require a strong jawbone for support, allowing more patients to qualify. The denture process is quick and easy, and doesn’t require surgery like other tooth replacement options do.
Ensuring Your Dentures Last
Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial after receiving your partial dentures. Spaces between your teeth act as a “food trap,” which makes it easy for bacteria to build up and increase your risk for gum disease. It’s important to properly care for your mouth and dentures, here’s how:
- Brush and rinse your dentures daily. This removes crumbs, bacteria, and plaque, and prevents discoloration.
- Handle your dentures with caution. They can easily break if you drop them, so treat them with care.
- Keep your dentures moist. Store them in a moist cleansing solution, but don’t use hot water because it’ll distort their shape.
- Don’t adjust your dentures. This can damage future repairs that you may need.
If your dentures break, chip, or crack, don’t attempt to fix them yourself. Call our office and Dr. Hobbs will easily repair or replace your set of dentures.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I sleep with my partial dentures in?
No, we advise patients to not sleep with their dentures in as it can cause possible damage to both their oral structures and dentures. If you sleep in with your dentures, it can also lead to poor oral hygiene, since removing dentures is needed for proper cleaning.
Sleeping without your dentures allows your gums to rest and recover each night. Some patients may grind or clench their teeth during sleep, which can cause damage to both your natural teeth as well as your dentures.
Can I eat with partial dentures?
Yes, it’s completely safe to eat with partial dentures in your mouth. When you first get your dentures, we highly recommend eating soft foods and cutting them into small pieces to properly adjust to your new smile. Also, try to chew on both sides of your mouth to level the pressure.
If you have any questions about how to eat with your partial dentures, call our Longview office at (903) 309-2142.
What food should I avoid?
Dr. Hobbs will give you post-care instructions after you receive your partial dentures. He recommends avoiding these foods and drinks such as:
- Hard, sticky and crunchy foods
- Chewy and tough foods
- Coffee, tea, and red wine
Will my dental insurance cover the partial dentures cost?
Most insurance companies should cover a portion of the cost. We encourage you to speak with your insurance provider to learn more about your coverage plan and the benefits they offer. If it isn’t enough, we also offer flexible financing options so you don’t delay your treatment any longer.
Transform Your Smile at DentaCare Dental
Partial dentures can be a remarkable, affordable solution for anyone with missing teeth. To learn more about partial dentures, fill out our contact form found below or call our office at (903) 309-2142 and schedule a free consultation with Dr. Hobbs. Start your journey towards a beautiful smile today.