Dentures & Partials
Replacing teeth that are either missing or have been extracted can be done with partial dentures and complete dentures. Dr. Mustafa offers both options for his San Antonio and surrounding area patients.
Dentures and Partials at Aria Dental
If you are already missing teeth or need teeth extracted, there are many options available to restore missing spaces. Sometimes implants and bridges are not the best option for everyone, and a removable partial denture or complete denture are more well-suited to restore your smile.
Dentures and partials are removable appliances that can benefit your appearance and everyday activities if you are missing all or many of your teeth. Dentures can help fill out the face muscles that often sag when you are missing teeth. They can improve the look of your smile as well as provide chewing surfaces for eating. Dentures and partials can often be made to look similar to your natural teeth so that your appearance does not change much.
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Missing teeth and teeth requiring extraction can be replaced. Dentures are either full or partial replacements worn on the gum over the bone. They’re removed overnight for cleaning and also to allow the gum and bone to rest. Dental plates restore your smile, make eating easier, and restore your quality of life.
Dr. Mustafa of Aria Dental in San Antonio can give you his professional recommendation for which option may be best for you. Call to schedule your dentures consultation today 210-681-4867
Types Of Dentures
Depending on the patient’s circumstances, s/he could choose between several types of dental plates:
- Full set. This is a complete set of teeth to replace your real teeth and fit both gums above the bone.
- Partial. A partial plate rests around existing teeth. If the patient has lost or has pulled several teeth, the partial will anchor to them, providing teeth to adjoin to those remaining.
- Custom. These plates are made from an acrylic base to more closely resemble real gums. The teeth look more natural, too.
- Implant support. Just like its name says, an implant anchors the full or partial plate. Trust Dr. Mustafa, that denture won’t move.
- Snap-on. These snap onto a receptor on either existing teeth or an implant. Patients will literally snap their teeth in, much like snapping a jacket closed.
Caring For Dental Appliances
Cleaning dental appliances isn’t like cleaning real teeth. They’re made from materials that are damaged by the abrasives in toothpaste and the chemicals in mouthwashes:
- Dental plates should be cleaned using a special dental cleaner (foaming tablet) found in all kinds of San Antonio stores. Rinse thoroughly. Patients can also soak their plates in plain water overnight.
- Brushing dental appliances isn’t recommended. The abrasives in toothpaste scratch and etch the appliance. Use a very soft toothbrush and use a mild soap such as Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap (it’s made from olive oil, not chemicals.)
- Whitening dental plates isn’t possible, because they’re not enamel. However, if the dental plate becomes stained, Dr. Mustafa suggests using dental cleaners like the foaming tablets mentioned above. Bleach isn’t recommended unless Dr. Mustafa explains in detail how to use it properly and safely.
Other Denture Questions
Dr. Mustafa recommends:
- Not sleeping wearing your plates. The gum and bone need to rest overnight.
- Normal chewing with dental appliances will happen. Some patients might take a while to get used to the presence of something strange in their mouths, but it will happen.
- Loose appliances occur due to bone loss or because the appliance simply wore out over time. This can be repaired with an implant.
Dentures are only one of the ways patients needing new teeth are able to smile again. They’re a quick fix to the problem, last a long time, and look like real teeth. Call Dr. Mustafa at Aria Dental in San Antonio at 210-942-9612 or fill out the form on our website to discuss your new teeth.