Dentures and PartialsDallas, TX

As we age, our teeth may become worn down, decayed, or lost for various reasons. Damaged and missing teeth can lead to difficulties in chewing and speaking. Dentures and partials offer a practical and effective solution to restore your smile and oral function. Henderson Family Dental can provide you with custom dentures in Dallas, TX, that are comfortable and offer a natural-looking fit.

Dentures are a part of our restorative dentistry services. With dentures, we can restore the look, function, and health of your teeth and gums.  

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What are Dentures, and Why Are They Necessary?

A denture is a removable restorative dentistry appliance that a dentist can custom-make to replace missing teeth and some of the surrounding tissues. We will craft a set of dentures that resemble natural teeth and gums, providing a functional and aesthetically pleasing solution for tooth loss. Dentures enhance one’s appearance and aid in proper chewing, improving speech, and maintaining facial structure.

If you have rows or arches of missing teeth, you may be a good candidate for dentures. We may also recommend removing badly infected or damaged teeth before you get dentures. 

Types of Dentures

Dentures can fall into two main categories: partial dentures and complete dentures.

  • Partial Dentures: If you have some remaining natural teeth, our dentist will suggest partial dentures. Partial dentures consist of replacement teeth secured to a gum-colored base. The base remains in place by clasps or precision attachments that fit onto the remaining natural teeth. They help fill in the gaps from missing teet and prevent the remaining teeth from shifting positions.
  • Complete Dentures: Unlike partials, full dentures are for people missing all their natural teeth. We can custom-create complete dentures for the upper or lower jaw or both. These dentures will replace an entire arch of teeth and the surrounding gum tissues. Full dentures remain in place by suction, muscle control, and sometimes denture adhesives.

What are Denture Implants?

An implant-supported denture is a state-of-the-art dental solution. It provides enhanced stability and functionality compared to traditional dentures. Unlike conventional dentures that lay on the gums, a dentist anchors denture implants to the jawbone with dental implants. Dental implants are typically made of biocompatible materials such as titanium, which fuse to human bone. 

When the dentist attaches a denture to these implant posts, the denture will remain securely in place. You will not need to worry about the denture moving, and it will provide a more natural feel. Denture implants are for people missing most or all of their teeth, are in good health, and have adequate bone density.

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Benefits of Implant Dentures

An implant-supported denture will significantly improve chewing efficiency, speech clarity, and overall oral health. It also helps preserve the jawbone, preventing the bone resorption that is common with tooth loss.

Implant dentures are:

  • Stable: With implants, you no longer have to worry about slipping dentures. Once the implant posts fuse with the jaw bone, they provide the same stability as healthy tooth roots. You don’t have to worry about your new teeth moving around your mouth when you eat or talk. 
  • Functional: Implants improve your bite force and function. Because implants replace the tooth roots with titanium materials, you can bite and chew easier than with removable dentures. Many patients find they can eat hard and chewy foods with fewer restrictions. 
  • Long-Lasting: Because implants support dentures, they ensure restorations last longer. Removable dentures don’t offer support to surrounding bone or gum tissue, so they may need more frequent replacement. 

Getting Implant Dentures

Before implant treatment, you must have enough jaw bone to support the implant posts. If you have lost natural jaw bone tissue, we will recommend bone grafting. We may also recommend other pretreatments if you have tooth damage or infections. 

Once you are healthy, we can begin treatment planning. We will take digital X-rays to find where to place the implants precisely. Digital X-rays also help us understand the type of denture you need and the number of implants required.

Dr. Jeff Nguyen works with an oral surgeon to place implants. The surgeon will first numb your mouth and then place the implants in the jaw beneath the gums.

It will take 3 to 6 months for the implants to heal fully. During a process called osseointegration, the natural jaw grows around the implant posts.

Then, once you heal, we place abutments. These pieces will connect the implant posts to the restoration. You will need more time for your gums to heal after placement. Finally, we will attach your new dentures to the abutments. We will ensure your final denture feels comfortable and fits precisely. 

The Process of Creating Custom Dentures

Creating dentures involves a thorough process with several stages, each vital for a comfortable and natural-looking restoration. Here is an overview of how we develop traditional dentures and partials in Dallas, TX:  

  1. Initial Consultation and Exam: The denture-making process begins when one of our expert dentists assesses your entire oral cavity. They will examine your bite, remaining teeth, gum tissues, and jaw structure. This step helps the dentist determine the best type of denture and if you need preliminary treatments.
  2. Impressions and Measurements: Our team will use special dental materials and techniques to take precise impressions and measurements of your mouth. These impressions serve as the basis for creating exact models of your mouth.
  3. Denture Fabrication: Once we have a mold of your mouth, a dental laboratory will fabricate the final denture. The materials we choose are carefully shaped, colored, and assembled to create a functional and natural-looking denture. In the meantime, we will provide a temporary denture so you are not without teeth during this process.
  4. Final Adjustments: After the dental lab completes the denture, you will return to our office for a fitting. Our dentist may see that your denture needs a little adjustment for a comfortable and secure fit. Once your new restoration fits perfectly, we will show you how to properly care for and maintain your new false teeth.

Temporary Dentures and their Purpose

Sometimes, we may recommend temporary dentures, also known as “immediate dentures.” These dentures are designed to be worn right after tooth extractions or while a dental lab creates the permanent denture. A temporary is not meant for long-term use; you will eventually need to replace it with a more stable and permanent denture.

Temporary dentures ensure you have a complete smile while you wait for your permanent dentures. They also help you chew and speak comfortably as you heal. Wearing temporaries will help shape and condition the gum tissues to transition to permanent dentures.

How to Care for Dentures

If you have a removable denture, you can clean your restoration with a denture cleaner and a toothbrush. Then, clean your gums and remaining teeth with non-abrasive toothpaste and a toothbrush. We recommend removing these dentures at night and placing them in a cup of water and denture cleaner. Keeping the denture moist will prevent cracking. 

Implant-supported dentures stay in the mouth, so you do not need to remove them for cleaning. Instead, you can use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste. While you can use traditional floss, you may find it simpler to clean around your restoration with threaded floss or water flossers. We can show you the best methods to clean around your implants.

Continue to visit our office twice a year after you get your final denture. At regular visits, we can ensure your dentures fit correctly. If you have removable dentures, we must rebase or repair them more often at these visits. 

Replace Your Lost Teeth

To learn more about dentures and which type is right for you, contact our Henderson Family Dental for a consultation. We will create custom dentures in Dallas, Texas, to meet your oral health and aesthetic needs. Call us at 214-253-4868 or schedule an appointment online.

If you have questions about dentures, let us know at your next visit. We will find the right type of dentures for you.