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July 31, 2017

Dentures 101

Senior woman smiling with natural looking denturesPatients from The Woodlands and other surrounding areas who have experienced advanced tooth loss may not think that dentures are for them. In fact, may patients have negative associations with dentures, and the word itself calls to mind old people with sunken cheeks and droopy jowls. That may have been the case for old fashioned or poorly made dentures, but when properly crafted and well maintained, dentures can deliver both improved appearance and increased confidence. Contact our team to find out more about partial and full dentures for tooth replacement at Bear Branch Family Dentistry.

Partials VS Full Dentures

Both partial and full dentures are crafted using a gum-colored base to support numerous replacement teeth. Partials are formed to fit between remaining healthy teeth and they are clasped in place with metal brackets. Full dentures are molded to fit snuggly against the gum line. This close fit creates suction that holds the denture snuggly in place. Some patients prefer to use a small amount of denture adhesive to add extra stability to their denture, but when properly crafted, full dentures should remain snuggly in place without these adhesives.

The Denture Tooth Replacement Process

The creation and placement of dentures is completed over the course of two or more appointments depending on the individual patients’ oral health condition. If patients need to have one or more teeth extracted prior to denture creation, the process may take a bit longer. We’ll need to first remove the tooth or teeth, and then, the swelling in the gums will need to recede before we can capture impressions. Impressions of remaining teeth or gum tissues are captured to be used by our trusted dental lab to create the partial or full dentures. When we receive the customized denture, you’ll come into our office for a fitting. In some cases, the denture fits perfectly on the first visit, but many times we’ll need to make adjustments to ensure the ideal smile restoration and comfort.

Dental Implant Supported Prosthetics

While our modern and impeccably crafted dentures are much more comfortable and stable than patients believe they will be, dental implants can further improve the natural feel and function of both partial and full dentures. Implant posts placed into the jawbone will function just like natural tooth roots creating a solid foundation for even the most advanced dental prosthetics. Traditional dentures restore about 30% of chewing function, but dental implant supported prosthetics offer an almost natural chewing ability of 70% or more. This means denture wearers are able to eat a greater variety of foods and maintain a more diverse diet. They can even bite into hard or chewy foods in public with complete confidence.

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