August 22, 2016

Tooth Replacement? Red Oak Dentist Provides Denture FAQ

dentist in red oakPeople are talking about the increasing popularity of house flipping in North Texas, but your Red Oak dentist is thinking about a different kind of transformation. Full and partial dentures completely remake a smile that has suffered the loss of several or a whole row of teeth. Plagued by tooth loss? It doesn’t have to be that way. Learn more about natural-looking tooth replacement from the team at Allheart Dental in this denture FAQ.

Q: What are dentures?

A: Ok, let’s start with the basics. A denture is a set of prosthetic teeth attached to a base that looks just like your gum tissue. It’s a replacement that can be used in the upper or lower jaw. Dentures can be full (complete), or partial.

  • Full denture: Like the name suggests, a full/complete denture replaces an entire row of teeth in the top or bottom of the jaw. The traditional full denture is held in place with natural suction. The use of a denture adhesive can provide additional security.
  • Partial denture: The partial denture closes gaps in the smile when some healthy natural teeth still exist. It is attached to the surrounding teeth using metal clips and brackets.

Q: Will people know I’m wearing dentures?

A: Dentures provide a natural-looking tooth replacement. As long as you maintain proper care of your denture, chances are good no one will ever know you’re wearing a prosthetic — they’ll just notice your confident, complete smile.

Q: Can I eat with dentures?

A: Yes! Not only can you eat with your dentures, but you absolutely should. It may take some getting used to at first, but you can help your mouth adjust to eating with your new denture by cutting food into small pieces and chewing carefully. Pretty soon, you’ll be enjoying all of your favorite foods once again with full or partial dentures.

Q: Will my denture need to be adjusted over time?

A: Dentures that are not supported by dental implants will require occasional adjustments. Even with all the teeth replaced, the jawbone will change shape as a result of the missing tooth’s root. The denture may become loose after a couple of years. Watch out for the signs of a loose denture; a reline is a quick process that helps you enjoy the benefits of a properly-fitting replacement once again.

Q: What about dental implants?

A: Dentures can be retained by dental implants, the most effective method of tooth replacement available today. They act like a prosthetic root for unsurpassed stability of the full or partial denture. The procedure for dental implants may take up to one year to complete, but nothing replaces teeth better or more naturally than implant dentistry. Not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants — contact us to discuss your eligibility for the tooth replacement option.

Q: How can I get started with dentures in Red Oak?

A: If you are in need of a high-quality tooth replacement (and if you’re missing teeth, the answer is yes), then please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team at Allheart Dental. We will discuss your options and help you find the one that’s just right for you. Schedule an appointment today!

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