Dentures and Partials – Sunnyvale, TX
Get Your Healthy Smile Back
You need a complete set of teeth to maintain great oral health. If there are any gaps in your smile, it’s not just your appearance that suffers; you won’t be able to eat and speak as well as you should, and it could even affect your lifespan. Luckily, custom-made, natural-looking partials and full dentures in Sunnyvale from Dr. Philip can give you back a complete, beautiful and fully functional grin.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are probably the most famous way to replace missing teeth in either your upper or lower arch. The false teeth are usually made from ceramic or acrylic so that they’ll look as close to the real thing as possible; they’re set into a base with a metal frame that’s been covered in a gum tissue-colored plastic.
Options for Dentures
Depending on the extent of tooth loss and your overall health, you can get one of three different kinds of dentures:
- Full Dentures: These replace an entire arch of teeth. Modern dentures are more natural-looking and comfortable than ever; they’ll help you feel at ease while smiling, laughing and speaking. While they sometimes are held in place with an over the counter adhesive, sometimes natural suction is enough to keep them on your gums.
- Implant-Retained Dentures: These are full dentures supported by tiny titanium posts that have been surgically inserted into the jawbone. The implants snap onto the dentures to anchor them in place. They help prevent the jawbone from deteriorating.
- Partial Dentures: You can get partial dentures if you have a few empty spaces in your smile scattered among otherwise healthy teeth. This will let you eat what you want without difficulty and help you articulate clearly. A special clasp attached to neighboring teeth (or dental implants) hold your partials in place.
Benefits of Dentures
No matter what kind of denture you get, it’ll result in a complete and dazzling smile. Your false teeth will be designed with you in mind, so it’ll complement your facial structure. Also, well-fitted dentures will stay secure in your mouth, so you won’t have to worry about them slipping.
A full set of teeth means you’ll be able to eat a wide variety of foods, making it easier to maintain a balanced diet. It’ll take a while to get used to chewing with the prosthetics, but this adjustment phase shouldn’t take too long.
Caring for Dentures
We’ll discuss denture maintenance with you when you first receive them. Traditional dentures typically last about 5 to 7 years if you take care of them and will need to be adjusted and relined periodically.
You should clean your dentures at least once a day. (Never use hot water to do so; it can warp the material.) You’ll also need to brush your gums, tongue, soft oral tissues and any remaining teeth in your mouth. The goal is to keep bacterial buildup under control so that you can enjoy life with your new teeth without worrying about gum disease.
Call Dr. Philip immediately if your denture breaks or becomes loose. Also keep an eye out for oral sores; they could be a sign that your dentures are rubbing against your gums because they don’t fit correctly anymore.