Regain Your Smile and Confidence
If you’re missing teeth, you don’t need us to tell you how much of a burden it can be. You may be in the habit of hiding your smile behind your lips or hand. You might have trouble chewing your favorite foods. Not to mention, missing teeth come with a slew of oral health problems, like jawbone deterioration and an increased risk of further tooth loss. Luckily, at Comal Dental, Dr. David Earnest offers both full and partial dentures to help you regain your smile and confidence. Whether you’re missing just a few pearly whites or a whole mouthful, you may find that dentures are just the solution your smile needs.
Types of Dentures
Dentures are made of a set of prosthetic teeth attached to an acrylic gum-colored base, and they come in three main varieties:
Partials are used to replace missing teeth when a patient still has some natural pearly whites left. A partial essentially fits into your mouth like the missing piece of a puzzle. It typically attaches to your remaining teeth with tiny metal clasps.
A full denture replaces an entire row of missing teeth. It sits directly on the gums and is held in place with a combination of natural suction and possibly a bit of denture adhesive.
A full or partial denture can also be secured onto a number of dental implants placed strategically throughout your jaw to maximize their stability and strength.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dentures?
Essentially, anyone who has suffered through tooth loss to some degree would make a good candidate for dentures. For someone missing all their teeth, we can place a full denture, and you can receive a partial if you still have some part of your natural smile remaining.
In order to be a candidate for implant-retained dentures, though, you must have a sturdy enough jawbone to accommodate dental implants. This can be difficult since the jawbone may deteriorate after prolonged tooth loss. However, Dr. Earnest might be able to perform a bone graft to strengthen the jawbone before placing implants. All of this can be explained in greater detail at your dentures consultation.
Benefits of Dentures
No matter what type of dentures you get, you can look forward to the following benefits:
- Rebuild your smile and gain your confidence back
- Speak more clearly
- Chew a wider variety of healthy foods with greater ease
- Decrease your risk of gum disease
- Improve your overall oral health
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting
Living with Dentures
When you first receive your new full or partial denture, it can take some time for your mouth to grow accustomed to the way they feel. To help you get used to chewing, we recommend sticking to a soft food diet for the first few days and gradually adding heartier foods as you feel comfortable. Chew evenly with both sides of your mouth to help the dentures stay in place. Practice reading out loud so that you get more used to talking with them in place. You can expect to deal with a little soreness in your gums for the first few days, especially if you recently had teeth extracted. However, if you experience any persistent pain or irritation, give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to help!