Missing teeth not only make it difficult to eat and speak, but they also change the shape of your face. The doctors at Dental Access in Arlington, Texas helps patients in the in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area with general and cosmetic dentistry issues, including dentures. Book your appointment online or call today.
All dentures are custom made and removable and are designed to replace missing teeth. There are two options, full or partial dentures, determined by how many of your healthy, natural teeth still remain.
Dental Access creates complete or full dentures when you don’t have any healthy natural teeth left. If you have at least one remaining tooth in your lower or upper jaw, then the Dental Access team will fit you for partial dentures, or a “partial,” as they’re often called.
Partials are mounted on a metal frame that connects to your remaining teeth. Sometimes crowns placed on the healthy teeth can anchor a partial denture. Other times a dental bridge is used to connect the artificial and natural teeth.
After teeth are extracted, it takes some time for the gums and jawbone to heal. Many people don’t want to go without teeth or use temporary dentures while waiting up to 12 weeks. Although it’s possible to get dentures as soon as your teeth are pulled, there is a downside.
The dentures you can get right away, called immediate dentures, are made from impressions taken prior to your actual teeth extractions. When you do it this way, there may be fit issues, since your bones and gums shrink as they heal. As a result, you may need to come back to the office a few times so we can adjust the dentures for the proper fit.
Proper care will help extend the lifespan of your dentures. Dental Access recommends the following tips for caring for your dentures:
If your dentures get chipped, crack, or aren’t fitting right for any reason, make an appointment with Dental Access.