Lifelike Dentures in Las Colinas, TX
Superior Quality for Full Smiles
If you have lost all of your natural teeth, whether from periodontal disease, tooth decay, injury, or for any other reason, dentures from our dentists in Las Colinas, TX can help. They replace the missing teeth to help you regain your smile, which is a big benefit for your appearance as well as your health. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making a person look older. Most importantly, a properly fitting denture helps you eat and speak -- the things that people often take for granted until they have lost their teeth.
Why Choose 21st Century Dental for Dentures?
- Comprehensive Tooth Replacement
- Highly Modern Prosthetics for Superior Fit & Function
- Dental Implant Options Available
Dentures: The Basics
A denture is a set of prosthetic teeth attached to a plastic base that is designed to look like your gums. A full or complete denture completes smiles after total tooth loss, while a partial fills the gaps left by several missing teeth when some healthy teeth still remain. Dentures can be held in place using suction, metal brackets, or with the help of a denture adhesive. By practicing proper care and maintenance, you can expect traditional dentures to last for five to seven years before they need replacement or relining. A denture that is retained by dental implants can be expected to last longer.
There are several types of complete dentures. The one that is right for your smile depends on your oral health, your budget, and your preference. A conventional complete/full denture is made and placed in the patient's mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed, which may take several months. An immediate complete/full denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. We will take measurements and makes models of the patient's jaws during a preliminary visit. With immediate dentures, the denture wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
Even if you wear full dentures, you still must take good care of your mouth to keep your oral health strong. Brush your gums, tongue, and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque.
If you still have some healthy natural teeth remaining, your dentist may recommend a partial denture. You have several options in partial dentures, depending on the number of teeth missing and where they are located in the jaw. A fixed partial denture is permanently affixed into your mouth, either attached to the surrounding natural teeth or with dental implants. A fixed partial denture cannot be removed except by your dentist. Dental implants provide a host of benefits for eligible candidates -- read more on implant-retained prosthetics below. The other option is a removable partial denture, which you can take out for thorough cleaning and to give your mouth a break at night while you sleep.
Whatever your situation, the dentists at 21st Century Dental are more than capable of finding the right denture solution for you.
Patients who are eligible for dental implants should consider an implant-retained denture. Dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots made of titanium, a material that heals together with your bone tissue. After a period of four to six months, the dental implants are as sturdy as any other bone in your body. Dentures affixed to dental implants provide unsurpassed stability, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with full confidence.
You won’t need an individual dental implant for each missing tooth. Instead, your dentist can retain a complete or partial denture on several strategically placed dental implants. The All-on-4 dental implant method allows for a full denture to be supported on as few as four implant posts – and this method can be completed in just 24 hours. All-on-4 also eliminates the need for preliminary bone augmentation procedures that may be necessary for conventional dental implants.
21st Century Dental provides comprehensive dental implant care, from initial placement to final restoration. Discuss your eligibility for dental implants with your dentist to find out whether or not you can benefit from an implant-retained prosthetic. Contact us today!
Are you about to receive your first set of dentures? Or have you been living with false teeth for a while now and have concerns about whether or not you’re caring for them properly? Our experts at 21st Century Dental are always happy to answer your questions. For your convenience, we’ve decided to list some of the inquiries that we’ve heard particularly often on this page. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have more specific concerns of your own!
When Will I Need to Replace My Dentures?
The simple fact is that dentures can’t last forever. Like real teeth, they’re subject to the wear and tear of daily biting and chewing. Also, they might not fit properly anymore once your jaw changes shape due to bone loss. Because of these factors, you can usually expect to get new dentures every 5 to 8 years or so. Of course, this is only necessary once we reach the point where the dentures can no longer reasonably be altered to fit your smile. That said, ill-fitting or damaged dentures can lead to a lot of discomfort and inconvenience, so it’s important to have them replaced when you need to.
How Often Do I Need to Visit the Dentist with Dentures?
Some patients think they’re done with dental appointments after they’ve lost all of their natural teeth. However, your dentures will still need to be examined periodically so that we can ensure that they’re in good shape and haven’t been excessively damaged in any way. We also need to check your gums, cheeks, and oral cavity for signs of irritation or infection, and most importantly, do an oral cancer screening. Ultimately, you should still be visiting us for regular checkups and cleanings at least once a year – in other words, almost but not as often as you would for your natural teeth.
Can I Sleep Wearing My Dentures?
Unless your dentures are permanently fixed to implants, it’s not a good idea to leave them in your mouth overnight. Your gums and jawbone will need time to recover from the strain of supporting the dentures all day. Furthermore, keeping your dentures in your mouth for a full 24 hours without ever taking them out to clean them is generally a bad idea. Before you go to bed, we recommend that you soak your dentures in a special solution in order to keep them moist until you’re ready to put them in the next day. The exception would relate to your breathing. If you snore, there is a chance you will snore more if you take them out during sleep. Do your own assessment, and if this is the case, be sure to take them out for a few hours in the evening before retiring with the dentures in place. And, if you do snore, you need to see our sleep experts.
When Do Dentures Need to Be Relined?
Changes and shifts in your jaw line or resorption of the bone will naturally occur once all of your teeth have been lost. Because of this, dentures that were once a perfect fit may no longer feel right in your mouth; they may even start to move around and cause painful sores. Eventually, they could start slipping or even fall out of your mouth altogether at inopportune moments. If you have reason to think the fit of your dentures has changed, get in touch with us immediately. We might also find signs that an adjustment is necessary during your regular checkups.