At Lakewood Dental Group, we make it our goal to help our patients feel good about their smile. This is why when our clients come in with missing teeth, we work to eliminate the negative impact an incomplete smile is having on their self-esteem and overall appearance by replacing it with a fully restored smile that offers increased confidence and greater functionality. If you are one of the many individuals who has experienced what it’s like to go through life with missing teeth, stop right now! We can offer partials and dentures in Dallas that will get you back to enjoying the finer things in life. If you’re ready to get started, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
Over the years, dentures have become associated with the “look” of an elderly person whose mouth caves in over their gums. Too many pictures have older individuals in shock as their false teeth are no longer in their mouth but instead, attached to an apple they’ve bitten into. Thankfully, advancements in dentistry have made it so dentures don’t slip or just “come out” so easily.
Nowadays, you’d be surprised how many young people need dentures. They aren’t just for the elderly anymore. When a person is missing a full row of teeth, traditional dentures are an effective way to restore the look of a smile and overall facial appearance. Using a gum-colored base, an upper denture covers the entire roof of the mouth, while a lower denture looks more like a horseshow, allowing space for the tongue.
Using impressions made of your mouth, your dentists in Dallas will send it off to the lab to have your dentures created. Once they’re ready, you’ll return to our office to have them fitted into your mouth. Dentures sit on top of the gum line, and your natural suction is what keeps them in place. You can, however, opt for a denture adhesive for added security, if needed.
For patients who are missing a few teeth along the same row, a partial denture is an excellent solution. Using clips or clasps to hold it in place, partial dentures are made with the same gum-colored base and incorporate artificial teeth to replace those that are missing. The prosthetic is carefully fitted into your mouth, situating itself much like a puzzle.
They can be placed on the top or bottom row of your mouth, and the final result will be a blended smile that will have others knowing none the wiser that you have artificial teeth replacing your natural ones.
While it’s true that dentures and partials will restore the look of your smile, an implant-retained denture will actually work to stimulate your jawbone and keep your overall oral health in better shape. When missing teeth are left untreated, the bone in your face can begin to deteriorate. Because it needs the stimulation of the tooth’s root to keep it strong, it can lead to increased risk of gum disease, shifting teeth, and changes in your facial appearance (i.e. facial collapse).
Returning to our office once you have completed healing, we will place the custom-made denture, securing it in place. Your new fixture will provide added stability, greater functionality, and will be a longer-lasting solution.
We will always do our utmost to help you keep healthy, natural teeth in place. We may need to recommend tooth extraction in a number of situations, including: