Why Should You Replace Missing Teeth?
Without teeth, your jawbone can deteriorate. This bone loss often leads to changes in the way your teeth function and your facial structure. In addition to the impact on your facial bone structure, the remaining teeth can drift or shift to affect your bite, the way your teeth come together, and the way you chew. Patients with missing teeth often find chewing and eating difficult or painful which can lead to an imbalanced diet and health compromise. Many studies have shown missing teeth can make a person self-conscious, less likely to smile and can affect speech, causing a person to talk less. The good news is your speech and appearance do not need to be a reason to keep you from being the best and healthiest you can be.
What Are Dentures?
Dentures are replacement teeth, which are removable. Often patients feel missing teeth can be embarrassing, unsightly, and uncomfortable.
Dentures are available most commonly in two different types: partial and complete. We also offer implant-supported dentures! Click on the photo below to learn more about the different types restorative options we offer in our dental office in McKinney, TX.
Partial dentures can be an ideal tooth replacement solution if you need to replace only some of your teeth. They usually have attachments to use your natural teeth to stabilize, or lock in, the partial.
Complete dentures (also known as full dentures) replace the entire upper set of teeth, the entire lower set of teeth, or both. Dentures are custom fabricated to the shape of your gums and bone to help attach the dentures to your mouth with suction and sometimes, oral adhesive. Dentures are removed overnight to rest your gums.
An implant-supported denture is a type of tooth replacement denture that is attached to dental implants to create a secure, locked in fit.
Dental implants are a type of metal post that simulates a natural tooth’s root. These implants are surgically bonded to the jawbone. The jawbone then fuses to the implants over several months, creating strong and sturdy support. Temporary dentures are provided during the time it takes for the bone to bond with the implants.
Once the implants have bonded with the bone structure, the permanent custom designed dentures can be attached to them.
The benefits of implant-supported dentures include:
- A stabilized fit. Traditional dentures may shift a bit, often requiring denture adhesive pastes, but implant-supported dentures will not move around or require adhesives.
- A more natural & feel look. The more stabilized a denture is, the more natural it will appear. With an implant supported denture you can eat all the foods you love without worrying about your denture slipping or sliding.
- Bone health. Implants are good for the bone. Because they simulate a tooth’s natural root, they prevent bone loss, which means you can maintain bone and facial structure.
- Long lasting, comfortable fit. Because the bone does not deteriorate, your dentures fit the way they are supposed to, even over time.
- Confident smile. Being sure that your dentures are attached firmly in place gives you extra confidence every day as you chew, smile, and talk.
Do Dentures Look Natural?
Our dentures are created with your mouth and your overall appearance in mind. We use the most advance techniques and materials available today that are entirely custom created for a smile designed specifically for you.
When Dr. Jay examines and measures you, she may use X-rays, impressions of your bite (where your teeth come together), and measurements of different parts of your mouth and face while keeping in mind the goal and desired appearance you want to achieve. We look and measure carefully, taking into consideration the color of your teeth, the color of your gums, your age, your gender, as well as the overall dimensions of your facial structure.
The design of your new dentures also takes into consideration the width, depth, and height of your teeth. All these measurements come together to create your new, beautiful, natural-looking smile.
While the permanent dentures are in design at the lab, we’ll give you an immediate denture to wear until your new smile is ready.
Dr. Jay and her staff have made the dentist experience easy and, dare I say, thoroughly enjoyable!! She does wonderful work and I am absolutely overjoyed with the results! Everyone in the office is friendly, kind, and welcoming...absolutely professional! Without a doubt, she is my DENTIST FOR LIFE!!
Clark W., Actual Patient