If you’ve lost numerous teeth, a full row, or you’re fully edentulous (without teeth), the Denton Dental Center can help. Our knowledgeable team of dental experts offers a wide range of tooth replacement options to renew your oral health, allow you to consume a nutritious diet, and give you the ability to speak and smile with confidence once again. Don’t struggle with a less-than-complete smile. Call our state-of-the-art dental office in Denton to schedule your tooth replacement consultation with our dentist and team. We’ll review your situation and help you to determine what restoration options will work bet for you.
Partial dentures are often referred to simply as partials. These complex tooth replacement prosthetics are made up of a gum-colored base material that supports numerous tooth-colored replacement teeth filling gaps in your smile. Partials can be used to replace any number of consecutive and nonconsecutive missing teeth. Your partial will be held in place by clasps attached to surrounding healthy teeth.
To replace an entire row of teeth, we’ll custom-make a full denture. Like partials, full dentures are made up of a gum-colored base material that supports replacement teeth. Because there are no remaining teeth to anchor the prosthetic, dentures are molded to fit against the gum line. The snug fit creates suction that holds the denture in place. Some people also use denture adhesive to improve stability.
Dental implants are small, titanium posts that anchor replacement teeth in position. While traditional dentures rely on healthy remaining teeth or your gum line for support, an implant-retained prosthetic will be fully self-supporting, providing additional stability and longevity for the denture and improved overall oral health and dental function for you.
When you first get your new set of partial or full dentures, especially the removable variety, you’ll need to take some time to get used to the way the look and feel. As you adjust to your tooth replacement prosthetic, you may experience some discomfort, but if you’re still experiencing pain or swelling after the first week or two with your new denture, call our office. We may need to have your prosthetic refitted. The following tips can help you get used to your new denture more quickly, so you can speak, chew, and smile with confidence once more:
Keep your denture (and any remaining teeth) clean. You should brush your denture just like you would your healthy smile. If you have a removable prosthetic, store it in water or cleaning solution overnight. Make sure to brush and floss natural teeth daily, and don’t forget to schedule your six month dental exams.
Are you still second-guessing whether you should get dentures in Denton? Even after reading all of the information laid out above, you might still have some questions about the treatment and what you can expect afterwards. That’s why, for your convenience, we have taken the liberty of answering some of the questions we get asked the most often about dentures.
While it’s perfectly possible to wear your dentures at night, we highly recommend taking them out before you head off to bed. Doing so will give your gums and jawbone a chance to rest after withstanding the pressure of holding the dentures in place all day. It also gives you a chance to let your dentures soak in water to keep them clean. You should never let 24 hours pass by without cleaning your dentures.
You might think that once you have dentures, you don’t need to see your dentist in Denton anymore, especially if you have no remaining teeth. However, that is not the case. We still greatly suggest that you see us as often as you did when you had all of your natural teeth, which is every six months. While you may not have as many teeth to get professionally cleaned, these appointments are still an important part of maintaining excellent oral health. We can examine your jawbone and gum tissue for any problems, such as infection, early enough that treatment is still relatively easy.
When you’re first fitted for dentures, it’s perfectly normal to experience some minor soreness and irritation in your gums. This should fade away after a few weeks as your mouth gets used to your new teeth. The length of this period of discomfort varies from person to person. For example, if you have had to get some teeth extracted to make room for your dentures, the extraction sites may be sore for a while as the gum tissue heals.
If your dentures feel too loose or generally don’t fit as well as they once did, it may be time for a procedure done to the base of the dentures, known as a “reline.” Check with us to see whether your dentures can be relined or simply need to be replaced. It’s best to avoid trying to reline your dentures yourself with over-the-counter kits, as that could permanently damage your dentures. This procedure, when properly done by us, will allow your dentures to have a tighter, more secure fit.