Dallas Dentures & Partials
Extensive tooth loss is painful and stressful but replacing missing teeth at Inwood Village Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry won’t be. If you’ve lost several consecutive and nonconsecutive missing teeth or a complete arch, partial and full dentures may be the best solution. These custom tooth replacement prosthetics restore the form and function to your smile, and allow you to speak, chew, and smile in every personal and professional situation. If you have questions or want to learn more about dentures and partials, give our team a call to schedule a tooth replacement consultation with us in our state-of-the-art Dallas dentistry practice. Our skilled restorative dentist, Todd Brownlee, DDS, will create a custom crafted partial or full denture to completely restore your smile.
Why Replacing Teeth is so Important
When even a single tooth isn’t replaced, it affects the health of surrounding teeth and oral structures. Other teeth move to fill in the newly created gap in the smile, gum tissue volume decreases causing the face to change shape, and the density of the jawbone diminishes which can lead to additional tooth loss. Following extensive tooth loss, it’s even more important to replace missing teeth. Even the smallest daily function like eating a meal, smiling, or speaking clearly can be impeded due to advanced tooth loss.
Partial dentures are used when patients still have numerous healthy teeth. Rather than unnecessarily extracting these teeth, we create a tooth replacement prosthetic that fills the gaps between these remaining teeth. A gum colored base material is shaped to fill in these smile gaps, and replacement teeth are positioned along the base. Then, the entire prosthetic is clipped into place using metal attachments connected to surrounding teeth.
Full dentures are crafted using a gum colored base material to support an entire row of replacement teeth. Because there are no remaining healthy teeth to provide support, a full denture is shaped to fit snuggly against the gum lines. When the denture is properly fitted, natural suction between the base material and supportive structures will hold it in place. Over time, your gums and jawbone will change shape due to the pressure of the denture, and you’ll need to have your prosthetic refitted, relined, or replaced.
For patients interested in a restoration with increased stability and longevity compared with traditional, removable dentures, an implant supported prosthetic may be the best option. Dental implants replace the lost root structure of missing teeth, recreating the natural structure of your smile. Implant supported dentures will last two or more decades with proper care, and they provide increased stability for your replacement teeth, making them the ideal tooth replacement option for many patients.