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
"A PLEASANT VISITI visited Dr. Neela Patel's office for the first time Nov 2019 for the military veteran's smile event. I was able to fill my paperwork out ahead of time with the help of the excellent receptionist to save time during the initial visit. As I entered the office I noticed the lobby was modern, warm & welcoming. Quickly, my initial evaluation was conducted with 3D panoramic high tech equipment and a friendly technician. After the evaluation, I was escorted back to the lobby and offered light refreshments as I enjoyed the joyful music. As I enjoyed my snacks , I noticed another patient that was obviously suffering from some anxiety due to a dental visit. I witnessed the receptionist come from behind the desk to comfort the patient both verbally and physically. As I observed tears subside , pacing reduce and peace fill the room , I was nothing short of impressed with how the office staff when above and beyond to comfort patients. I met Dr. Patel during my procedure and her bubbly personality was delightful ! Another technician finished the job and answered all of my question regarding preventive maintenance and dental care. As I was leaving , I was given a "to go" bag with recommended products to continue my dental health journey. I was reminded that my teeth will be the last identifiable part of my body and how long they last is a direct reflection of my involvement of care. Although it was only my first visit, it felt as if I was visiting a friend to do homework at their home. THANK YOU Dr. Patel and the wonderful support staff! I HIGHLY RECCOMEND THIS OFFICE TO ALL SEEKING DENTAL CARE :)"- S.M. / SmileReminder / Dec 21, 2019
"I went in for a teeth cleaning as a new patient and they were extremely thorough and gentle! They were able to see a few minor problems that need fixing and have been nothing shy of friendly. They answer any questions you may have!!"- K.J. / Google / Dec 06, 2019
"I was very impressed with Dr Patel and her staff - to a person they are wonderfully efficient and gracious. Her work is outstanding, my bite has always been complicated but she shaped my new fillings expertly and they have been totally comfortable. I also have TMJ problems and a small mouth and typically experience discomfort after dental work. She and her assistant managed things quite well and I had zero soreness afterward. She also used 'anti-numbing' at the end to speed up the process of normalization which cut the time in half, so I was presentable and could resume work more quickly."- M.R. / Google / Nov 25, 2019
"I can't say enough good things about Dr. Patel and her staff. due to personal neglect, I have some serious dental issues and I am self-conscious about it; so it is hard for me to go into the dentist office. Dr. Patel is amazing and her staff does a wonderful job treating me in a way that minimizes pain/discomfort. I give Dr. Patel's office 5 stars only because I am not able to give her anything more than that. If you are looking for a dentist, especially if you have dental office related anxiety like me, I highly recommend Dr. Patel's office."- D.M. / Google / Nov 23, 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.