Different Kinds of Lifelike Dentures

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Adult teeth are meant to last a lifetime. That’s why they’re called permanent teeth, and it’s also why we only grow one set. Unfortunately, tooth loss is a clear and present danger to many patients’ oral health, and affects more than half of adults by the age of 45. Edentulism, or total tooth loss, can significantly affect a patient’s quality of life by inhibiting the ability to bite, chew, speak clearly, and smile with confidence. Luckily, modern dentures are designed to accommodate nearly any case of severe tooth loss, allowing patients to once again enjoy the beauty and function of a full and healthy smile. Today, we explain the different kinds of modern dentures, and how their unique designs are custom-created to accommodate each patient’s needs. 

Partial and Complete Dentures

Depending on the severity of your tooth loss, you may require a partial or complete denture. A complete denture consists of an entire row of replacement teeth arranged on a gum-colored plastic base that fits comfortably on the patient’s dental ridge.  A partial denture, as the name suggests, also fits along the dental ridge, but only contains replacement teeth where needed and are designed to fit around existing teeth.

Fixed and Removable Dentures

Typically, complete and partial dentures are removable (unlike a dental bridge, which is permanently affixed to abutment teeth that border the empty gap of missing teeth). Complete dentures are secured to the gums using advanced dental adhesives, while partial dentures rely on a plastic base and metal framework to remain in place. In many cases, your dentist may recommend securing a partial or complete denture to one or more dental implants, which are surgically inserted into the jawbone to offer more effective support for the patient’s replacement teeth. Implant-supported dentures can be removable or fixed, depending on the patient’s preference.

Find Out Which Denture Is Right for You

With a variety of dentures and other implant-supported prosthetics, we can help you regain the confidence of a healthy and full smile! To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987. We also proudly serve patients from Navarro County, TX, and the surrounding communities, including Corsicana, Mildred, Eureka, Ennis, Fairfield, Teague, Blooming Grove, Dawson, Hubbard, Hillsboro, Mexia, Groesbeck, Kerens, Malakoff, Rice, Centerville, Buffalo, and Athens.

The Art of Replacing Lost Teeth

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Many of modern dentistry’s advances have focused on helping patients prevent common dental issues from forming, or restoring teeth and oral tissues after an issue has developed. However, advanced technology and dental materials have also greatly benefited the art of replacing lost teeth, allowing patients to regain a level of confidence and bite function that was previously impossible. For instance, with modern dental implants, you can not only reestablish your smile’s appearance, but also restore the vital functions of your lost teeth and their roots for significantly improved long-term results.

Reestablishing Your Smile’s Appearance

For many patients, the most immediately troubling aspect of tooth loss is its impact on their smile’s appearance. Therefore, one of the most widely appreciated benefits of lifelike tooth replacement is the ability to restore your smile’s appearance and your overall level of confidence. To accomplish that, modern restorations like bridges and dentures are often crafted from materials that closely resemble your unique, natural, and healthy tooth structure. Each restoration is also custom-designed and fitted for optimal comfort and esthetic results.

Restoring Your Bite Function

In addition to rebuilding your smile’s appearance, replacement teeth also restore your bite’s ability to function properly so you can once again eat the foods you enjoy most. In many cases, such restoration is even more effectively accomplished with an appropriate number of dental implants. To support your replacement tooth/teeth, your dentist can suggest placing one or more implant posts in your jawbone, which will fuse to the implants as it heals. Then, your implant posts can be used to support your replacement teeth in the same way that healthy roots support your teeth.

Learn More About Replacing Your Lost Teeth

Learn more about how replacing your lost teeth can rebuild your smile and reestablish a higher quality of life. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Wright, call Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987. We also proudly serve patients from Navarro County, TX, and the surrounding communities, including Corsicana, Mildred, Eureka, Ennis, Fairfield, Teague, Blooming Grove, Dawson, Hubbard, Hillsboro, Mexia, Groesbeck, Kerens, Malakoff, Rice, Centerville, Buffalo, and Athens.