Dentures: A Quick Overview


Are your teeth bad? If you only have a few bad teeth, maybe all you need are a few tooth extractions and maybe a root canal or two. If bad teeth are pervasive, painful, expensive, and time consuming, then you may as well need dentures.

However, you don’t need to worry about diagnosing your own dental problems…that’s why we have dentists. Take your concern to your dentist before deciding you absolutely must have dentures. While many denture-care products can be purchased over the counter, the initial product comes from your dentist. A dentist’s office can offer needed advice on denture care and even decide whether they’re right for you.

Chad Byler, DDS PA, a dentist in Bastrop, Texas, is one individual who can help you in your denture adventure. When you visit a dentist, particularly one who can help you discern whether or not you need dentures, experience is important. You want someone who has both technical knowledge as well as a deeper level of experience. They are, after all, more than just “fake teeth.” dentures involve a mouthpiece that sits on the roof of your mouth for most of the day. An improper fit can cause headaches and general discomfort. Improper cleaning can cause health problems and an overgrowth of plaque and other bacteria. You might view dentures as just another device, but they’re really a bit like acquiring a new body part.

Why? Well, for starters, they replace your teeth, and in this sense, they’re like prosthetics. They come with their own set of potential problems and require cleaning and more just like real teeth..

Wondering what you should ask your dentist about dentures? Here are some common questions:

Do I need them? This is the most important question to ask. Your dentist can give you a good assessment at your next visit. Not everyone with missing teeth is right for dentures. In some cases, dental implants may be a far better choice. Learning more about whether your mouth (and your budget) is right for dentures is key.

How much do they cost? Dental work can be expensive, so be sure that you can afford them. If your insurance won’t cover them, or if you have no insurance, many companies offer loan options. Most dental offices offer payment plans of some sort to help you pay if you need assistance.

How do they work? Dentures adhere to your mouth. This might seem like an odd concept. Dentists, who routinely deal with them, can explain to you why and how they work as they do. Don’t be put off by the way they seem – dentures still can work for you.

How do I protect them? Dentures tend to require cleaning. This can remove buildup, kill bacteria, etc. , and make it so it’s difficult for you to catch an illness from them. Many stores offer over the counter cleaning products. Your dentist can help you select the right one for you.

Getting dentures is one of life’s major decisions, and you shouldn’t take it lightly. With some work and some good dentistry, you can be well on your way to a better life with better teeth.

Chad Byler, DDS, PA
201 Hunters Crossing Blvd. #16
Bastrop, Texas 78602
(512) 308-9860

Upper Denture | Flickr – Photo Sharing! : taken from – Kathy McGraw