Hank Chang, DDS
Dentist located in Richardson, TX
Dentures can improve self-confidence after tooth loss, and they can also improve overall oral health. At his practice in Richardson, Texas, Dr. Chang uses state-of-the-art materials and techniques to provide patients with custom solutions aimed at helping them feel better about the way their teeth look and function.
Dentures Q & A
What are dentures?
A denture is a device that’s used to replace one or more missing teeth. The denture itself uses durable materials designed to mimic the appearance of natural teeth and gums so they’re not noticeable while being worn. Dentures can be a good alternative for patients in whom dental bridges and implants are not ideal solutions. When properly designed and adjusted, dentures can provide a secure fit that helps patients speak and eat without fear of slippage and without excessive use of denture adhesives.
How are dentures made?
Dentures use a special mold of the teeth called an “impression,” which is sent to a dental lab that specializes in making custom-fit, state-of-the-art dentures. Dr. Chang and his staff work with labs that use the highest-quality materials and advanced manufacturing techniques to ensure the best fit and greatest durability. Once the dentures have been created, the patient comes in for a visit so they can be adjusted to fit the mouth for the most comfortable and secure fit possible.
Does a patient with full dentures still need to visit the dentist?
Yes, even if patients no longer have their natural teeth, they still need regular dental visits to have their dentures adjusted over time as the jaw shape changes with age. Plus, routine exams can ensure gums stay healthy and provide the dentist the important opportunity to screen for oral cancer.
How long does it take to become comfortable with dentures?
That depends on different factors, including whether or not the patient has had dentures before and how many teeth must be replaced. Most people become comfortable within a couple of weeks or less. To speed the adjustment process, practice reading aloud and try eating different foods at home before attending social outings. If patients notice any sore spots or experience a lot of slippage, they should call the office right away to have an adjustment to avoid developing sores that can become infected.
Accepted Insurance Providers
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Words from our patients
"Front staff is very friendly and helpful. Dr. Chang is super patient with my 20 month old toddler and also very informative with what services were provided."
"Extremely nice facility and great staff, Dr. Chang is excellent, highly recommend him to anyone."
"Dr. Chang is always so gentle and delicate. I have never experienced anything like how he cares about my teeth."
"This is a great dental office. The dentist is professional and the staff is friendly!"