Partial & Full Dentures
Patients who experience advanced tooth loss will likely need to receive a partial or full denture to replace their lost tooth structures. When people hear the word denture, the image in their head is usually not a positive one. They imagine an old person with a shrunken, sagging face and slipping dentures, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Today, dentures are crafted from lightweight materials that look, feel, and function more like healthy smiles and help patients maintain their natural facial appearance. At the Southlake and Arlington dental offices of Ravi Doctor, DDS, we offer a range of partial and full denture options that will keep patients smiling following advanced tooth loss. Call our team to schedule your tooth replacement consultation today. We’ll examine your smile and help you find the right denture to meet your unique needs.
A partial denture and full denture are crafted using a gum-colored base material to support numerous replacement teeth. Partials fit snuggly between remaining healthy teeth, and the entire prosthetic is held in place using metal clasps attached to these surrounding teeth.
Full dentures have a gum-colored base that supports the entire row of teeth, but as there are no healthy surrounding teeth to provide support, the base is crafted to fit tight against the gums. This snug fit creates suction that should hold a properly fitted denture in place. However, many patients prefer to use a small amount of denture adhesive to improve the stability of their full denture.
Caring for Dentures
Both traditional partial and full denture are removable. This makes them easy to clean. You can buy a special, ultra soft denture toothbrush to clean the dentures after a day of wear. We also recommend patients regularly soak their dentures in cleaning solution overnight. Even when not using denture cleaning solution, patients need to store their denture in water. This keeps the denture moist and prevents warping and damage. You will also need to continue cleaning any remaining healthy teeth with regular brushing and flossing. If you’re fully edentulous (without teeth), you will need to clean your gums. You can brush them with a soft toothbrush and/or use an antimicrobial mouth rinse to prevent plaque buildup. At least two times each year, you’ll need to visit our office. We’ll examine any healthy teeth, and check the fit of your denture. During these biannual appointments, we can often make minor adjustments, but if your denture needs to be refitted or repaired, we may rely on a trusted lab for these advanced procedures.
Implant Supported Dentures
Patients who want to invest in improved stability and longevity for their dental prosthetic may want to consider a dental implant supported denture. Dental implants are titanium posts inserted below the gum line. They fuse with the jawbone recreating the natural root structure of missing teeth. Traditional, removable dentures allow us to restore partial dental function to patients’ smiles, but dental implants further improve the stability of the denture. In fact, dental implant supported dentures can replace 70% or more natural chewing function. Don’t hesitate to ask our team about this option during your tooth replacement consultation.