If you have missing or damaged teeth, you should understand the importance of replacing them. Gaps in your smile can lead to many issues with your oral and overall health. They can force you into a lower quality affecting your diet and speech leading to frustration and lower self-esteem.
Replacing your missing teeth with dentures will improve your oral health, overall health, and well-being. With the advances in today’s dental technology, Huntsville Family Dental can custom make your denture to look just like your natural teeth. Dr. Keyshla Escobar and her dental team can provide you with a set of dentures in Huntsville, TX that will look and function like natural teeth.
What are Dentures?
Dentures are removable oral appliances designed to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Each appliance is custom-made from dental impressions so that it fits seamlessly in the patient’s mouth. A dental lab will craft them to mimic the appearance of natural teeth and gums. They are typically made from acrylic or a combination of acrylic and metal materials.
The primary purpose of dentures is to restore a patient’s smile and oral function. Dentures serve several key functions:
- Restore Chewing Function: They allow patients to bite and chew a variety of foods. This restores their ability to enjoy a balanced and nutritious diet.
- Improve Speech: Gaps or missing teeth can lead to speech difficulties. Replacing missing teeth with dentures will address this and help to improve speech clarity.
- Enhance Facial and Smile Aesthetics: Dentures enhance the appearance of the smile by replacing missing teeth and supporting facial structures. They will prevent a sunken or collapsed look associated with tooth loss.
- Prevent Tooth Shifting: Dentures help prevent adjacent natural teeth from shifting into the gaps left by missing teeth, maintaining proper dental alignment.
- Support Facial Muscles: Dentures support the facial muscles, preventing the sagging or drooping appearance that can occur with tooth loss.
The 2 Types of Dentures
There are two main types of dentures; complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures provide a functional solution for individuals who have lost all their natural teeth on the upper or lower arch.
There are two types of complete dentures:
- Conventional Dentures: These are made and placed after all natural teeth have been extracted, and the tissues have healed. We will take impressions of the oral tissues and create the oral appliance once the patient is healed. They will have to go without teeth during this process.
- Immediate Dentures: These are prepared in advance and inserted on the same day that the remaining natural teeth are extracted. They offer immediate tooth replacement and patients will not have to go without teeth. However, adjustments may be necessary as the jawbone heals and reshapes.
Partial dentures will replace one or more missing teeth when some natural teeth remain on the upper or lower arch. They are composed of artificial teeth (pontics) attached to an acrylic or metal framework.
Partial dentures can be classified into two main types:
- Acrylic Partial Dentures: These dentures have an acrylic base that matches the color of the gums. The false teeth are set in the base, and metal clasps may be used to secure the partial denture to natural teeth.
- Metal Framework Partial Dentures: Metal framework partial dentures combine artificial teeth with a metal framework for added strength and durability. They have clasps that attach to natural teeth
What is an Implant Denture?
An implant denture is a type of dental prosthesis that is secured with dental implants. Unlike traditional dentures, which rely on adhesives or natural suction for stability, implant dentures are attached to dental implants.
A dentist will surgically place dental implants in the jawbone. Here, they will fuse to the jawbone providing more support, stability, and functionality for the false teeth. People with multiple missing teeth find implant dentures more secure and comfortable.
We can use implant dentures to replace teeth on the upper and lower jaws. They offer better chewing ability and prevent issues like slipping or discomfort associated with traditional dentures.
Schedule a Consultation for Dentures in Huntsville, TX
If you are missing teeth and would like to learn more about getting dentures in Huntsville, TX, schedule an appointment with Dr. Escobar. You can reach our office by calling (936) 220-3158 or you can request an appointment online.