No one really needs to live with missing teeth, thanks to advanced dental technology that provides several teeth replacement options. These options include dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures. They are all artificial teeth but offer you the chance to restore your smile and improve teeth functions. Dentures are an affordable and low-invasive option. During a consultation at Lovett Dental Vintage Park, our dentists can address any concerns you may have about using a denture to fill the spaces resulting from tooth loss.
Dentures Can Improve Your Smile
Tooth replacement can be a life-changing decision as it comes with numerous health and aesthetic benefits. As you go down the following list of benefits, you’ll see why getting artificial teeth and gums is an attractive option for many patients who prefer it over dental implants or bridges:
- Allow you to chew better and enjoy your favorite foods
- Help improve oral health and smile
- Can boost your appearance and self-esteem
- Add fullness and symmetry to your face
- Comfortable, functional, and may improve your speech
- Safe, durable, affordable, and covered by most insurance plans
You can also care for them the same way you care for your natural teeth, with the exception that you’ll need to remove and replace them after cleaning. You’ll also need to follow the directions for storage at night.
Types of Dentures
When deciding on a denture that is right for you, our prosthodontist will consider your needs and explain how each of them is held in place in the mouth. The most important factor to consider is the number of teeth that need to be replaced.
Full dentures cover the entire mouth and replace both the upper and lower row of teeth in patients who lost all their natural teeth due to gum disease, trauma, cavities, or tooth extractions. Your dentist will use impressions of your teeth and gums to create a comfortable set of prosthetic teeth. An oral adhesive is used to hold the dental appliance in place, but you can easily remove them as needed.
Also known as partials, this is an excellent choice in cases where one or several teeth are missing. It covers only the gum area that is missing some teeth while leaving your natural teeth in place. The teeth on the partials are attached to a gum-colored plastic base supported by a metal framework and are designed to blend in with your natural teeth. The partials usually have a metal clasp that attaches to your teeth to hold it in place.
Also called mini-implants or replacement crowns, this type is a fixed, non-removable alternative that can work as a replacement for missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw. They are anchored by small titanium screws, also called implant posts. An implant-supported denture is a superior choice as it is far more stable and durable. The main reason for this is that it looks, feels, and functions just like real teeth and helps reduce jawbone loss.
These are made before removing the teeth that are being replaced and are fixed immediately after extracting the teeth. This allows you to maintain full tooth function as the gum heals, and you wait for the customized prosthetic teeth. Once they are ready, your dentist will remove the immediate artificial teeth and replace them with the customized ones.
Explore Your Tooth Restoration Options at Lovett Dental Vintage Park
Getting a denture may be a great alternative if you cannot get dental implants for medical reasons, or you simply prefer this option. Either way, you will chew and speak better and smile more. Lovett Dental Vintage Park is located in Houston, TX, with additional dental clinics across the state. Call 832-843-6776, or contact us online to schedule a consultation today.