Dentures replace teeth on the mandible or maxilla jawbone. Conventional dentures are removable and available as partial and complete dentures. Likely, you are eligible for dentures if you are missing most or all teeth on either arch of the jawbone. Our dentist, Dr. Patel, is experienced in restoring oral health, including dentures in Frisco, TX.
Tooth loss is common among adults of all ages, whether a single tooth is missing or all of your teeth. Single tooth loss can turn into multiple missing teeth if gum disease is not treated. Consequently, bone loss can occur, and you may not be eligible for an implant-supported restoration. If you are not eligible, a complete set of dentures might be the best solution for you.
Generally, conventional dentures are mounted in a base made of a pink gum-colored resin. The prosthesis is designed to be removable without the assistance of a dental professional. However, daily maintenance is required to extend the life of dentures. Cleaning your dentures daily with a non-abrasive denture cleanser and water will remove food particles and plaque.
The most traditional types of dentures have been around for hundreds of years.
Thankfully, advancements in dental technology provide patients with several options to replace missing teeth. Modern dentures are made of pink gum-colored acrylic and plastic resin, with multiple teeth options. Other types of restorations include fixed dentures and implant-supported restorations.
Your tooth replacement options may depend on:
When circumstances do not allow for a bridge or dental implants, removable partial dentures are an excellent option to restore dental health. Partial dentures provide improved esthetics by replacing the missing teeth. Not to mention, improved function for eating and speech. Generally, it will typically take multiple appointments to complete this process.
Removable partial dentures fill in the open spaces preventing movement of the surrounding teeth. Not to mention, your new teeth fill out your smile.
Full removable dentures are an excellent treatment option for patients who are missing all teeth on one or both arches. Complete dentures will provide support for your lips and facial muscles. Not to mention, eating and speaking will drastically improve. Fortunately, improvements in our material and technology allow us to fabricate more comfortable dentures.
There are many steps that go into making quality false teeth. We discuss each step of the process with our patients. By and large, we help patients choose the tooth size, shape, position and shade.
On average, dentures last 5-7 years under normal wear and tear. Occasionally, dentures need to be relined to help them fit better. Dentures can also break during function or if dropped. Many of them can be repaired in our Frisco office.
First, your dentist will take several impressions of your gums. Second, these impressions are sent to our dental lab. Our expert dental technician builds a model of your mouth. Thirdly, the lab then works closely with your dentist to design your prosthesis using the model as a base.
As each phase of the design is completed, your doctor will meet with you to ensure proper fit and bite alignment. Typically, it requires multiple adjustments to ensure the best fit for you.
There will be a brief period of adjusting to the feel of the dentures in your mouth. Then, your full dentures will begin to feel natural to you – making eating easier and your speech clearer. Not to mention, supporting your facial muscles. Now, you have a removable restoration specially designed to mimic the appearance of natural teeth.
When teeth are lost, it is important to fill the space with a restoration. For one thing, surrounding teeth can drift into the open spaces. Tooth movement into open spaces can cause occlusal bite problems. Also, opposing teeth can supra erupt into the open spaces.
Consequently, esthetic problems will gradually become worse. The natural teeth that move into open spaces can become hard to clean, causing periodontal issues. As a result, your risk of tooth decay increase, which can lead to more tooth loss.
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