Austin Denture Services
Replace Missing Teeth with Dentures
Don’t let missing teeth interfere with your confidence, diet, health,
and quality of life. Dr. Van Wicklen offers a variety of teeth replacement
options, including full and partial dentures. Dentures are a great option
for individuals who are missing two or more teeth. There are different
types of dentures, and depending on what type is best for your mouth and
your wishes, we can help you find the right fit at South Austin Dentist
and Orthodontics. After your exam, Dr. Van Wicklen will review the options
and help you determine the best solution for your case.
The three types of dentures include:
Conventional: these dentures are completely removable and are placed in your mouth
once your teeth have been removed and your gums have healed.
Immediate: this type of denture is placed immediately after you have teeth removed.
Overdenture: if some of your teeth do not need to be removed, this type of denture
can be placed over your natural teeth to fill in gaps where teeth needed
to be pulled.
Scope and potential recommendations
When patients have some healthy teeth, a partial denture can replace missing
teeth, fitting like a puzzle piece with existing teeth. In most cases,
partials attach to healthy teeth with hidden clasps. Why replace missing
teeth, especially if spaces aren’t obvious when you smile? Each
tooth in your mouth is responsible for a part of eating food. When some
back teeth are missing, remaining teeth shift into the space to compensate
for the work of chewing food. This shifting changes how upper and lower
teeth fit together, so your bite may become misaligned. A misaligned bite
can lead to teeth grinding and wear, as well as temporomandibular joint
dysfunction (TMD). Furthermore, once teeth shift into the spaces, replacing
the few missing teeth is no longer an option. There is no room for them.
At this point, replacing teeth with full dentures may be the only solution.
Dr. Van Wicklen often suggests full dentures for patients who have lost
all teeth. These prosthetic devices contain a full row of replacement
teeth placed in a gum-colored base. The base is custom designed to fit
securely with the ridges of the gums. After an initial adjustment period
wearing dentures, most patients find them to be comfortable and secure.
Another option is dental implants. A few strategically placed implants
can secure a partial or full denture and eliminate the need for adhesive,
suction, and daily denture care. Implant-retained dentures don’t
slip, wobble, or move. Instead, they are securely attached to implant
posts. Learn more about options for
While dentures may take a while to get used to, they are great for your
mouth, your confidence and smile. Schedule an appointment today with our
Austin dentist by
calling (512) 448-3131. We look forward to your visit!