Full and Partial Dentures
Tooth Replacement Options in Harker Heights, Texas
The importance of maintaining a full set of teeth goes beyond having a beautiful smile. Single-tooth and multiple-teeth gaps can cause neighboring teeth to become crooked, or even push your jaw out of alignment if ignored for too long.
Some people are more likely than others to experience tooth decay or gum disease, but even people who regularly brush, floss, and come in for bi-annual cleanings usually have to have at least one tooth replaced over the course of their lifetime. There are also unexpected accidents and injuries that can lead to cracks, chips, or other damage to your teeth and gums.
Whether your tooth loss is the result of an injury or due to the natural progression of time, we offer comfortable solutions to our patients, including:
- Full dentures
- Partial dentures
- Implant restorations
Each option is customized to the size and shape of your mouth, and seamlessly integrated with your remaining teeth to look and feel natural. Our practice utilizes the most advanced materials to preserve tooth and jaw position, keeping you comfortable and confident when eating, drinking, talking, and laughing, just the way you always have.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dentures and Tooth Replacements
The exact time is dependent on the type of tooth replacement performed. It might take several weeks to create a full set of permanent dentures that match your mouth’s shape and color. In these instances, Dr. Katende may create a set of partial dentures, or an appliance known as “immediate dentures” to help you maintain as normal activity as possible.
At first, you will be advised to eat only soft foods, and to avoid anything too hot in temperature. Cutting food into small pieces and chewing both slowly and evenly on each side of the mouth are good habits that will help you grow accustomed to your dentures. While you should always be cautious with foods that might be considered hard or sticky, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy your favorite foods and beverages.
Any difficulty with pronunciation of words that may occur can be corrected over time with practice. Properly fitted dentures should not affect your speech patterns, make clicking noises when you talk, nor slip when you laugh or cough. If any of these occur, contact our office immediately to have your dentures evaluated.
Dr. Katende will provide you with any information necessary to care for your device. But maintaining the same good oral hygiene habits — brushing the teeth, gums, and tongue with a soft-bristled toothbrush —is the most important step in caring for your dentures.