Dentures and Partials
Reliable, Natural-Looking Tooth Replacement
Dr. Mark Wagner knows that providing a full range of services at Highland Village Family Dentistry is important. We believe very strongly in tailoring every aspect of your treatment at our Highland Village dental office to fit your lifestyle, budget, oral health, and goals to create a completely personalized plan of action. For some, the best choice for tooth replacement is a denture or partial denture.
What Are Dentures?
A denture is a prosthesis that is designed to replace teeth in the upper or lower jaw. It consists of artificial teeth (made of acrylic or porcelain) that are attached to a gum-colored base.
There are essentially three types of dentures:
- A full denture is a removable prosthesis that replaces all of the teeth in either the upper or lower arch. It says in place via natural suction or with the help of an adhesive.
- A partial denture replaces multiple teeth at various places throughout an arch. It is sort of like a puzzle piece that fits in exactly where it is needed. Clips or other attachments may be necessary to keep it in place.
- An implant-supported denture is secured in place via dental implants rather than by suction, clips, or adhesive.
Benefits of Dentures
You may have a negative image in your mind of dentures in Highland Village, or think of them as being a less-than-perfect option for tooth replacement. Because most dentures are removable, you may imagine them slipping at inopportune times and causing embarrassment. However, today’s dentures and partials offer an affordable solution to the problem of missing teeth while providing reliable wear and a good fit.
Other benefits of dentures include:
- After you adjust to eating with them, you’ll be able to enjoy most (if not all) of your favorite foods.
- Caring for dentures is simple and requires that you perform just a few daily tasks to keep them clean and functioning. For example, you should brush them gently and keep them moist when you are not wearing them.
- Insurance is usually willing to help pay for dentures.
- Dentures can be extremely natural-looking and comfortable. Your restorative dental care at Highland Village Family Dentistry will combine the art of aesthetic dental techniques with the science of advanced technology and materials.
Are You a Candidate for Dentures?
If you are missing a few teeth, or all of your teeth, it is likely that you are a good candidate for dentures. However, the only way to find out for sure is to visit Dr. Wagner, your dentist in Highland Village, for a consultation. After he examines your mouth, he’ll talk to you about your tooth replacement options and recommend the one that he believes is the best fit for your circumstances. If your tooth loss is relatively minor, he might suggest that you receive a fixed bridge or a small dental implant restoration to recomplete your smile.
If you have dental health issues and want to discuss them with Dr. Wagner, contact us for an appointment. Highland Village Family Dentistry is located in Highland Village, TX, and serves Flower Mound, Lewisville, and surrounding North Texas communities. When you entrust your dental care to us, you know that you’re getting compassionate care combined with excellent results.
Dentures are a lifechanging tooth replacement option, but you may still have some unanswered questions. It pays to be well-informed when making decisions about the future of your smile. Here are the answers to some of the most common queries we receive about dentures in Highland Village. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, don’t worry! Give us a call and we’d be happy to answer your questions and get you started with an initial consultation.
What is the Average Age for Dentures?
Tooth loss is inevitable for some patients, but this is an issue that is more common amongst older patients. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, approximately 66% of adults between the ages of 40 and 64 are missing at least one tooth, compared to only 33% of adults aged 20-39. Ultimately, the need for dentures or another tooth replacement option gradually increases as you get older, but people of all ages can potentially be candidates for dentures.
Will It Hurt to Get Dentures?
If you need to have teeth extracted before you can get dentures, you may experience some discomfort after the oral surgery. Take your recommended over-the-counter and prescribed pain relievers as directed. The soreness should improve after 3 to 5 days. When you first get a new set of dentures, some minor irritation may occur while your mouth adjusts to the new appliance. The amount of time that discomfort lasts will vary from person to person. If pain persists, give us a call so we can help.
Is It Hard to Talk with Dentures?
When you first get dentures, it will take a little bit of time for you to get used to speaking with them since you’re so used to speaking with your natural teeth. The exact amount of time it takes to get used to speaking with dentures varies from person to person, but the more you practice, the faster the adjustment process will go. Try reading out loud to yourself and repeating difficult-to-pronounce words. Speak slowly at first, as fast speech can sound muffled if you aren’t used to speaking with dentures.
Can I Have My Dentures Relined if They Don’t Fit Properly?
Dentures often have to be realigned if their shape changes due to wear and tear or repaired if some of the teeth they contain are lost or broken. You may also need to have them refitted once your gumline or the underlying bone structure starts to transform. There are two different types of relines:
- Soft Reline: This is performed if your gums appear to be sensitive due to the weight of the dentures. An additional cushion can be added to the restoration so that it doesn’t irritate the gums.
- Hard Reline: This type of reline is necessary for more extensive changes. Unlike a soft reline, hard relines often require that your dentist send the dentures to a separate lab, but the results can last for years.
If your dentures are causing sores in your mouth, a temporary reline is often performed to give the soft tissues a chance to heal. This is done so we can take an impression to guide further restoration adjustments.