About Removable Dentures
There are numerous factors that can lead to teeth loss, including gum disease, tooth decay, injury to the mouth, and not practicing healthy oral hygiene routines. Dentures offer those patients without teeth a way to improve the aesthetic appearance and functionality of their mouth. Dr. Neela Patel of Houston Heights Dentistry uses custom-made full and partial dentures to enhance her patients' smiles. Partial dentures may be used to replace several, but not all, missing teeth, and is an alternative to a permanent solution like a bridge or implant. Complete dentures replace all of the upper and/or lower teeth. Unlike implant-supported dentures, regular dentures are stabilized by adhesives. Made of high-quality materials, dentures are created to feel and appear as natural as possible.
"Dr. Neela Patel and staff are wonderful. I've been going here for 20 years and even though it is out of the way from my work and home it's worth the drive."- D.A. / Google / Sep 18, 2018
"Great overall experience. Dr. Patel and her staff really take amazing care of their patients and make you feel welcome and at ease the minute you step into the office. Today she squeezed me into her already busy schedule to fix me up with a new veneer that broke off my tooth just hours before. They did an excellent job! In the two plus years I’ve been going to HHD, I’ve never been disappointed. Here are a few more highlights: none of her shots ever hurt, she always calls you in the evening to check that everything is ok, competitive prices."- J.S. / Google / Oct 03, 2019
"Great doctor and hygienist! Probably the best, most knowledgeable dentist I’ve been to!"- N.D. / Google / Sep 30, 2019
"Great office!"- S.R. / Google / Sep 26, 2019
"Dr. Patel and her staff are very friendly and professional. I have never had such an informative and thorough comprehensive exam. I will definitely be back."- M.M. / Google / Sep 26, 2019
What to Expect
The procedure for dentures starts with Dr. Patel preparing the patient's mouth, which may include extracting some remaining teeth in the case of a full denture. After the mouth is prepared, physical impressions will be taken and sent to a dental laboratory where custom dentures will be created. While the permanent dentures are being created, Dr. Patel may fabricate temporary dentures to wear. When the custom dentures are completed, they will be adjusted as needed to give you your most comfortable and secure fit possible. Typically, a follow-up appointment after your dentures are first fitted is made so they can be checked and adjusted.
Care instructions for dentures will be provided by Dr. Patel to help you keep your dentures clean and in good condition. Removable dentures can last 2 – 10 years with proper care, including regular dental exams as often as recommended by Dr. Patel to check the wear of your dentures and the health of your gums and mouth.
Complete and partial dentures are usually covered at least in part by dental insurance - typically no more than 50% of in-network fees. Our office will contact your insurance company to calculate what your insurance will pay and your personal cost. Please talk to our staff about what payments are accepted by our office and what financing plans are available.
Plan Your Procedure
If you are having trouble speaking and chewing because of missing teeth, full or partial custom dentures can restore the appearance and function of your teeth. All dentures are uniquely created with the materials, colors, size, and shapes needed to match your mouth and face to give you your best fit and an attractive, natural-looking smile. Contact our team at Houston Heights Dentistry to schedule your consultation.