Tooth loss can be devastating. It impacts not only your self-esteem, but it can also make it more of a challenge to chew and speak. At West Creek Dental, our top Austin, TX dentist Dr. Poonam Gokhale understands this and can work with you on quality replacement teeth. Dentures have been a common tooth replacement for many years, and today’s dentures are more comfortable and more natural-looking than ever before.
If you are seeking tooth-replacement options, we invite you to make an appointment. Having quality dentures to replace missing teeth can be a real life-changer.
The Process of Getting Dentures
Dr. Gokhale may recommend full dentures if you have lost all of your upper and lower teeth. She will first conduct a thorough examination to determine the health of your jawbone. When teeth are missing, the jawbone tends to shrink over time. Some jawbone is required to hold the dentures in place. But even if you have experienced some bone shrinkage, chances are excellent that you can still wear dentures.
If Dr. Gokhale determines you are a good candidate for dentures, she’ll take an impression of your mouth from which she will work to create custom dentures just for you.
For those with partial tooth loss, she may recommend a dental bridge or a partial denture. Both of these will replace gaps in your smile and help keep your remaining teeth from shifting. Dentures and partials are removable for cleaning, whereas a dental bridge is permanently affixed to adjacent teeth fitted with dental crowns.
After your initial examination, Dr. Gokhale will talk to you about the different options for tooth replacement. There are different materials and costs associated with different types of dentures.
If you have had issues with dentures in the past, she might talk to you about the possibility of implant-supported dentures. These dentures are connected to dental implants that are surgically placed into your jawbone. After the healing process—about four to six months—the dental implants become a permanent part of your jawbone. When the dentures are connected, they will be stable and immovable. This will provide you with a better chewing force. You can also speak confidently, knowing the denture are not going to slip or slide around.
Cost of Dentures
Dentures are generally considered to be a fairly inexpensive tooth-replacement option, and some of the expenses associated with them will likely be covered by your dental insurance. The price will vary, depending on the materials used as well as whether or not you need to have extractions. You can speak with one of our team members who will give you a good cost estimate before you begin treatment.
Find Out More About Tooth Replacement
You don’t have to live with missing teeth. High-quality, natural-looking dentures from our South Austin dental office are available. Make an appointment today to find out more.