Patients who have missing teeth want to know what options they have so they can eat the foods they need to stay healthy and smile with confidence.
When thinking of dentures, you may have an image of the old-style dentures of the past that your grandparents wore. You will be happy to know that dentures have improved dramatically over the decades and now fit better and look natural.
Complete Dentures to Restore Your Smile
If you face extraction of all your teeth on your upper or lower arch, complete dentures might be a great option for you.
When creating complete dentures, we use a gum-colored pink resin base that mimics the appearance of your natural gum tissue. Dr. Shah then provides options for the appearance of your dentures with natural-looking denture teeth.
Your upper denture attaches to your upper palate using suction. Typically, creating a good fit for your upper denture involves dental impressions to mold to your mouth shape.
Lower complete dentures use your bony ridge to remain in place. If you have significant bone loss, however, this may pose a challenge. In the event that you need added stability, we may be able to use dental implants to secure your dentures in place. Implant-supported dentures provide added stability when you need it most – while talking, chewing, and laughing. Dental implants allow your denture to lock in and remain stable.
Partial Dentures to Complete Your Smile
If you have natural teeth remaining, we use them to anchor your partial denture in place. Partial dentures come in resin, metal, or flexible materials based on your personal needs. Dr. Shah will discuss the options that will work best for you.
We choose denture teeth that match your natural teeth, so that your partial denture blends in with your smile. The size, shape, and color of your teeth are all an important part of the design of your partial denture. Dr. Shah prioritizes both function and esthetics so you can enjoy a varied diet and confidence in your appearance.
Caring for Your Dentures
Your dentures require special care because they can collect bacteria and tartar, just like natural teeth. Use only denture cleaner and a denture brush to clean your dentures. Avoid using hot water, which can distort your denture and alter the fit.
You should never let a denture dry out. Keep it in a glass of water or denture cleanser when it is not in use. We encourage you to bring your denture to each dental exam so we can make sure it is damage-free and fits well.
Contact Us for Teeth Replacement
At Hillcrest Dental, we will provide you with all your treatment options so you can make the best choice for your dental health. Contact our Castle Hills dental office to schedule an exam with Dr. Namrata Shah.