When you lose most of your teeth, you need more than a bridge. To provide patients with a full and functional smile, and one that looks natural too, we may suggest a denture. But what keeps a denture held in place, and what options do we have for people with tooth loss? Your Celina, TX, dentist is going to answer these questions in today’s blog!
Our Replacement Options
A denture can be full or partial. A partial is designed to address multiple gaps in the mouth that could be spread out. We recommend them for patients who don’t need a full yet. A full replaces every tooth on one or both arches. Each one is custom-made based on detailed impressions, measurements, and images we take of your smile. We then create them using lifelike materials, such as acrylic to mimic the appearance of gum tissues, and ceramic to craft strong and durable teeth. We also tint the new teeth to ensure a natural appearance. When you restore your missing teeth, you avoid complications, such as difficulty eating, trouble speaking clearly, or the onset of an aged appearance.
We use metal caps for the partial option. The metal clasps are attached to the prosthetic and then connect to the natural teeth, securing the denture in place. The clasps will not be visible when your prosthetic is in place, but keep your new teeth firmly in place.
Suction and Adhesives
Most fulls are removable, meaning they need to be taken out to soak and clean. For the upper arch, we may suggest a special adhesive to keep them in place, and the lower arch one will usually only require suction to remain in place.
With dental implants, we insert several biocompatible implant posts into the jawbone. Each is made from titanium, and bonds with the bone tissue like a natural root. We then attach a prosthetic, full or partial, to them with an abutment. The result is a denture that can never slip, and one that doesn’t need to be removed for cleaning or soaking. The post also stimulates the growth of jawbone tissue to prevent an aged appearance, and allow the prosthetic to last for decades, as opposed to only 5 to 10 years with removable options. If you have any questions managing tooth loss and protecting your smile, or about obtaining a lifelike prosthetic, then contact our team today. We want to help you enjoy a full, functional, and attractive smile for many years to come!
Ready for a Full Smile?
At Celina Family Dentistry, we have plenty of options for providing a secure prosthetic that works for your smile. Contact our Celina, Texas office at (214) 851-0130 to learn more about our lifelike dentures.