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By Jackie Martinez
February 22, 2018
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Tags: Missing Teeth  

IT’S ONE THING TO lose a tooth, whether through poor oral hygiene, accident, or oral surgery. A tooth not growing in where it should is something else. Between 2-4 percent of the population will have at least one tooth missing from their adult set. This condition is called congenitally missing teeth or hypodontia. In the much rarer event that the full set of teeth is missing, it’s called anodontia.

It’s All About Genes

The most common teeth to be affected by this condition are wisdom teeth, upper lateral incisors, and lower second premolars. Since wisdom teeth are often removed anyway, not having them in the first place can save you a lot of hassle, but those incisors and premolars are more necessary.

Genetics are almost always the culprit behind hypodontia, which is why it tends to run in families. Missing teeth could be the only issue, or they could be the result of a broader genetic disorder, such as ectodermal dysplasia or Down syndrome. Whatever the cause, there are many treatment options available for hypodontia.

Filling In The Gaps

Having these missing teeth can cause a few problems, such as difficulty chewing, the existing teeth shifting, and poor jaw support that could lead to the loss of additional teeth. This is why it’s important to get the issue taken care of as soon as possible, but there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Different options will be preferable depending on the age and sex of the patient and the length of time the tooth has been missing.

In most cases, orthodontic treatment will be the first step. Because missing teeth can cause the existing teeth to shift, braces might be necessary to correct the problem and open the gap wide enough to fit a replacement tooth. Replacements can come in a few different forms:

  • Removable partial dentures. These are the simplest solution in many cases. They use the surrounding teeth to anchor them in place, or might be attached to a retainer.
  • Dental bridges. As the name implies, a dental bridge “bridges” gaps by anchoring to the neighboring teeth. Unlike dentures, bridges are cemented in place.
  • Dental implants. These will function like normal teeth, with a post fixed in the jaw bone and a crown on top that matches the natural teeth. If multiple teeth are missing, implants can be used as support for bridges.

If you have questions about implants, check out this FAQ video by a woman who just got hers!

What Treatment Is Right For You?

Having congenitally missing teeth can be a struggle, but our practice is here for you. We can answer any questions you have and help you find the ideal treatment option so that your smile can be complete!

Keep being the wonderful patients that you are!


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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

February 14, 2018
Category: Uncategorized
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TO SOME, IT MIGHT seem like the benefits of having straight teeth are purely cosmetic. And those benefits certainly do exist. Studies have shown that people tend to perceive someone with straight teeth as wealthier, happier, and more dateable than someone with crooked teeth. But there are plenty of other important benefits as well.

Consequences Of Crooked Teeth

There are many different ways crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth can negatively impact a person’s health and quality of life. Let’s take a look at a few of the big ones.

Difficult To Clean

When teeth overlap each other in ways they aren’t meant to, they can be much harder to clean with brushing and flossing than straight teeth. If teeth aren’t getting cleaned as effectively, then they become more vulnerable to tooth decay.

Impede Clear Speech

Underbites, severe overbites, and other teeth alignment problems can interfere with a person’s ability to speak clearly, leading to lisps and other distortions in articulation.

Interfere With Healthy Digestion

Chewing is a critical part of the digestion process. Our saliva begins to break food down on a chemical level while our teeth break it apart into more manageable pieces. Crooked teeth can make it difficult or even impossible to chew food enough, which forces the rest of the digestive system to pick up the slack. This can lead to a number of unpleasant GI consequences, and it can even make it harder to lose weight! 

Can Interfere With Healthy Breathing

If your teeth don’t fit comfortably together, you might keep them apart instead of closing your jaws when resting. This can lead to mouth breathing, which has many negative health effects. The two most connected to oral health concerns are chronic bad breath and dry mouth.

Can Cause Jaw Problems

If there’s something wrong with your bite, that can result in temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndromeSymptoms include a clicking jaw joint, jaw pain, and frequent headaches.

Do Your Teeth Need Straightening?

Having straight teeth eliminates or greatly reduces all of these problems. This, paired with the cosmetic advantages and the boost in confidence, makes orthodontic treatment a very worthwhile investment. If you think you could benefit from orthodontic treatment, our practice can recommend a great orthodontist for you. In the meantime, keep brushing, flossing, and scheduling your regular dental appointments!

You deserve the best for your teeth!


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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

We’ve all seen this particular sign of old age: false teeth, also called dentures, floating in a glass of water by the bedside. Losing your teeth is probably one of the most disturbing things that people can experience later in life. This affects the foods they can eat; the jobs they can do, and even their speech.

Dentures, which are made to replace the lost teeth, can be both a blessing and a curse. They are usually hard and are supported by the mouth tissues themselves. They are removable and can be made for individual missing teeth or an entire mouth by using false teeth and gums.

These regular kinds of dentures can seriously diminish the quality of your life if you ever need to get them. Dentures can be made affordable. However, they can also slip around in your mouth, thus needing a lot of adjustment. This also leads to a lot of embarrassment if it happens in a public place with family or friends. No one wants their grandchildren to see them with their teeth hanging out of their mouths. These conventional dentures also limit your ability to eat. Leaving mostly soft foods, which can get old and boring very quickly. Plus, sweet foods don’t give you the full nutrition or satisfaction that your body and mind need. What’s more, regular dentures are not constructed to match your facial features or to particularly improve them. Thus, these false teeth look, feel, and act falsely.

It’s high time people got to know about the benefits and advantages of having premium, custom-made dentures to replace the teeth they lost. Of course, as with any customized item, they are more expensive than the regular kind. On the other hand, they are also much better than conventional dentures in many ways. Just some of these ways have been listed below:

Premium dentures are made from high-quality materials that fit well to the shape and size of the wearer’s mouth, and can also be adjusted to reflect the natural color of the oral cavity.

High Comfort Level
Comfort is the main thing that people look for when undergoing any procedure, and the same goes for oral procedures. Premium dentures are much more comfortable than the regular kind. This is because the premium dentures are designed especially for the wearer and have no uncomfortable nooks and corners that can poke into the sensitive mouth to cause pain.

Enjoy Your Eating

Again, because premium dentures are custom-made, they allow the wearer to eat just about anything that they could before they lost their teeth. Thus, getting premium dentures is just about the closest thing you can get to regaining your teeth – without getting dental implants. Modern reconstructive dentistry has saved the day by allowing denture wearers to eat most foods without worrying that their false teeth will slip out and cause discomfort or embarrassment or even break while chewing.

Enhances Natural Appearance
Since premium dentures can be shaded and colored to match the color of the person’s mouth, many people’s friends don’t even notice when they are wearing their dentures. Sometimes, not even family members could detect that their loved one is wearing false teeth. There was once a time when getting fitted with dentures meant compromising on your outward appearance, but those days are long gone. Now, premium dentures can be fitted on the upper, lower, or both arches in the mouth to provide you with a natural, beautiful appearance.

Your new premium dentures would not only match your mouth, but they would also be designed to match your facial features. High cheekbones, round jawline, or a high forehead would require a particular size or shape of teeth to complement. Hence, premium dentures don’t offer a one-size-fits-all solution; they are customized according to both the mouth and other defining elements of the face they are supposed to complement.

Talk Until Your Heart’s Content
Conventional dentures, while cheaper, still cost a certain amount of your money, and yet won’t even get you a quality experience while speaking, let alone eating. Regular removable dentures can be such a pain that they slip and slide in your mouth even when you’re just talking. Imagine your teeth sliding out of your mouth while you’re making a speech at a wedding or just making small talk with a cashier. Worse, what if your dentures completely fall out of your mouth and go clattering on the floor? Premium dentures are designed to prevent movement while speaking or eating so none of these embarrassing situations ever happen.  

Super Easy Denture Care
Premium-quality denture teeth are impact-resistant and stain-resistant. Thus, not a lot of scrubbing and brushing is involved in keeping your premium dentures sparkling and clean! This is a huge contrast with the upkeep of conventional dentures, which can require cleaning every time you take them off and put them on. Premium dentures are constructed to be as low-maintenance as possible.

Regular dentures may be covered by some health insurance or dental plans, but premium dentures are increasingly becoming a much better long-term choice.

The high-quality materials guarantee that the premium dentures would probably be in the wearer’s mouth for a much longer period of time. One could say that wearing premium dentures would be better aesthetically and even financially in the long run.

This is in addition to the obvious increase in the quality of life when denture users no longer have to worry about the texture or hardness of the food they are eating or that they are talking too carelessly. Premium dentures help you do this effortlessly.

At New Teeth Dental Solutions in Houston, Texas, we take pride in creating great premium dentures that are tailor made for each unique individual. Please call us today for your free, initial consultation. Like so many of our other denture patients, you’ll be glad that you did!


Houston Dentures

A lot of individuals find themselves needing dentures at some stage in life. Often times this can be a sensitive situation when you feel embarrassed over the fact that you now require dentures.

You may want to get yourself a pair of dentures without delay and not consider the quality of the dentures. This is definitely the biggest factor you should consider when choosing a dentist, because the results are something you end up using and wearing every single day of your life for years to come.

A premium quality, properly fitted custom denture could really save you the embarrassment, time and money in the long run. But unfortunately, most people today still cling to a common notion that cheaper and faster is way better.

So why is the cheap, fast denture option not the way to go when looking to get a pair of dentures? Well, while it may just seem like a great way to reduce your cost and get yourself a serviceable product without delay, there is actually a reason however, why cheap dentures are cheap. Many cheap dentures come off as ill-fitting right from the very get go, or may lose their fit in just a few weeks of use. They cannot fully stand up to the wear and tear of daily usage, thus losing their color and shape.

Custom made dentures on the other hand are dramatically better than conventional dentures. They are specially designed to match your unique dentition and yours only. That means your teeth will be just the right size, shape and shade for your facial structure. Custom dentures support your lips. Custom dentures will remain tightly secure and comfy while you eat or speak. In addition, custom made dentures are less abrasive than conventional dentures and cause less cramping and fatigue.

Custom dentures are manufactured and custom-fitted especially for you, and our dentists will work hard to match the size, shade and model of your teeth, so the resulting dentures look natural and fit comfortably. Custom dentures also last longer, simply because they fit with the area of your mouth perfectly and aren’t rubbing or grinding. The materials used in the custom manufacturing process are also of higher quality. While it may take a little more time and cost more, having a set of custom dentures created specifically for your mouth is a worthy investment. Your resulting dentures will not only look better, they will feel much better, and will last longer than any cheap pair you could possibly find. The confidence you’ll gain from having an amazing smile once again will be priceless.

With all that said, your best bet when looking to get a set of quality dentures done would be to have a pair custom made for you by a skilled dentist that will measure your mouth and create the perfect dentures that will delight you for a very long time.

Jay Elliott, D.D.S. at New Teeth Dental Solutions in Houston, Texas has been custom fitting dentures for over 30 years. He can help you get the smile you want and deserve. Please call our office today for your free consultation. Remember, when it comes to dentures that you will be wearing for the next 3-5 years, a premium denture technique can make all the difference!


For many people in Houston, especially seniors, ill-fitting dentures have become an unfortunate fact of life. Many of these denture wearers have extreme difficulty when trying to eat the foods they want and in in some cases – the food they need. Others may have trouble speaking or are generally uncomfortable with the way that they look.

Dentures are replacement teeth, which can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures look more natural and comfortable than ever before, they won’t entirely replace your natural teeth.

What Should Custom Dentures Look Like?

Dentures are usually made from a flesh-colored acrylic base that fits on your gums. The upper denture will touch the roof of your mouth, while the lower denture is shaped to accommodate your tongue. They are custom made in a dental laboratory from an impression taken from your mouth while at the dentist’s office.

There are basically two types of dentures – partial dentures, which are often referred to as “partials,” and full dentures. Your dentist at New Teeth Dental Solutions should be able to decide which denture is best for you based on your teeth and your budget. Common issues with dentures are that they wear out and need to be replaced every 3-5 years and the fact that no matter how comfortable they may be, they will never take the place of you original, natural teeth.

The Benefits Of Getting Custom Made Dentures

If you have lost your teeth to an accident, age, or decay, it could affect your life in a negative way. It will affect how you eat, how you smile, and how you speak when around people. Although they are not a replacement for your natural teeth, custom made dentures can make you regain the confidence you might have lost. Custom made dentures will restore your smile and confidence.

Our dentists see many different people with different mouths:  different shapes, sizes and color of the gum and tooth. Our gums shrink as we get older. All of these factors are taken into consideration when creating a custom denture. Custom made dentures perfectly fit in the appearance and size of the individual tooth, making the patient feel as if the teeth are their natural teeth. Dentures can be designed for an individual, especially teeth shape, size and the base color to match the wearer’s gums.

Custom Made Dentures Offer Superior Comfort

If you have ill-fitting dentures, you may experience sore gums. Custom made dentures can be made to fit the mouth of each patient using measurements and impressions of their teeth. When you have a denture that properly fits your mouth, you feel much less irritation while eating.

Your Custom Made Dentures Will Allow You To Eat A Balanced Diet

When missing teeth prohibit you from eating the foods you enjoy, your diet will undoubtedly suffer. Many of the healthiest foods you can eat are those that require you to forcibly chew them, such as fruits and vegetables. Custom made dentures will enable you to enjoy healthy nutrition, because you will be able to eat more comfortably. A denture that is properly fitted will reduce the amount of adhesive needed and also lets you chew your food more quickly. Customized dentures factor in the patient’s bite and can help take care of various stresses on the jaw.

Custom Made Dentures Can Restore Confidence

A missing tooth can make you self-conscious when opening your mouth and also affect how you express yourself when you are with other people.  With your custom fitted dentures, which can restore your confidence, you will be able to smile and express yourself anywhere. A denture that is custom made will help you feel as if you have your natural teeth. Custom made dentures will give you much more confidence in social situations. By addressing the needs of individual patients, a custom-made denture keeps you smiling!

Getting Used To Your New Set Of Dentures

You might feel a bit uncomfortable having them in the first week or so. And even eating or speaking with your dentures will take some time to master that. You will become more comfortable with them over time. You may also experience some wear as you have it on, and your age affects the gums which may cause it to loosen over time,  making chewing a bit irritating. To maintain proper care, you should see your dentist for a check up at least twice a year.

How To Care For Your Dentures

•    Keep the denture wet, and avoid it from drying out. You can also soak them in water. Don’t use hot water to wash your denture.
•    Brush your denture the same as you would for your natural teeth to remove stains and food residue.
•    Visit your dentist in case of a hole or pain in your gums. And don’t be tempted to repair or adjust the dentures on your own as that may damage them even more.

Jay Elliott, D.D.S., has been creating more comfortable and natural appearing dentures for over 30 years. Please call one of his offices today in Houston or League City to find out how he can help you too!


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