Dentures Options in Plano, TX For Missing Teeth
Missing teeth can create all kinds of aesthetic and functional problems, including sagging facial muscles, embarrassing smile, inability to eat certain foods, speech impediments, and increased risk of oral health problems. If you’ve lost your natural teeth from periodontal disease, tooth decay, or injury, dentures may be the best solution to replace your missing teeth.
Taking advantage of technological advances in dentistry, 1st In Smiles is pleased to offer you three strong, natural-looking dentures options: traditional dentures, partials, and implant-supported dentures. Our top-of-the-line dentures options will help restore your facial structure, your smile, and the function of your teeth.
Traditional Dentures or Full Dentures
Traditional dentures replace all of your teeth. These custom-made removable denture options sit on your gums and are made to look like your natural teeth. If you weren’t pleased with the way your teeth looked before, we even may be able to improve your appearance with dentures.
Fitting you for dentures does not have to be a painful or traumatic experience with Dr. Barfield. During your preliminary visit at 1st in Smiles, we’ll carefully remove your remaining teeth (with sedation if needed) and make a model of your jaw with the help of our safe, digital X-rays. We’ll send this model to a lab that will create your custom dentures. So that you aren’t without teeth while your mouth tissue heals, we’ll give you an immediate, temporary denture. Once your tissue is completely healed, we’ll fit you with your custom dentures.
After wearing the denture for 24 hours, your mouth will develop a few sore spots, and you may experience some discomfort if your mouth is not adjusting properly to the new bite. We can easily fix these problems during your next appointment. Any other discomfort will soon go away as your mouth gets used to wearing the appliance.
If you are not missing all of your teeth in your lower or upper jaw, you may benefit from a removable partial dentures options. A partial, or a partial denture, sits alongside your remaining healthy teeth. It’s made of replacement teeth that are attached to a high-grade plastic base that resembles your gums. The entire partial attaches to your surrounding teeth or crowns we place over your nearby teeth to hold it in place.
Caring for Your Dentures or Partials
Cleaning your dentures or partials are essential to their longevity and the health of your mouth. You can clean them easily by using a denture brush, mild toothpaste, and denture soaks, like Polident. Be sure to brush your gums with a regular toothbrush once per day to toughen and clean them.
When cleaning your partial, use special care to clean any part that touches your natural teeth. Both the partial and the natural teeth must be kept very clean on a daily basis to reduce the chance of decay. To decrease your chances of new decay, we recommend taking out your partials at night and soaking them in water.
It’s important to come to Plano, TX office for regular checkups so that we can adjust your dentures as needed. When you are missing your natural teeth, your jawbone and gums begin to shrink, which loosens your dentures or partials over time. Wearing ill-fitting dentures or partials for too long can lead to severe bone loss and very serious oral disease. If these symptoms occur, please call our office immediately so we can reline or refit your dentures and keep your mouth comfortable and healthy.
Plano, TX dentist, Dr. Barfield is committed to providing you with well-fitted, functional, and esthetic dentures and partials. We are confident that after a few weeks to adjust to your new teeth, you will have years of satisfaction from them.
If you are interested in a longer-term, secure solution than removable dentures can offer, we may be able to support your dentures with implants.
Implant-supported dentures give you a firm foundation to prevent your dentures from sliding and moving around. They provide you with many of the same benefits as traditional implants, including stability and restoring your eating and talking functions to nearly the same level as your natural teeth. Implant-supported dentures are best for patients who have enough bone to support the screw-like metal implants, and they also work well for lower dentures, which are less stable than upper dentures.
Implants are small titanium “roots” that we surgically place in your jawbone where your missing teeth were before. Dr. Barfield works with a skilled periodontist, a dental specialist who has received advanced training in implant placement. This gives you the best results possible both during and after your surgery.
After we place your implants and have given them sufficient time to heal, usually up to six months, we will secure your dentures on top using special attachments.
Dr. Rick Barfield is a native of Richardson, Texas. He received his DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree from the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry and has been providing trusted dental care in the Plano, TX area for more than 30 years.
Are you a good candidate to replace your missing teeth with dentures? Find out which dentures options is for you by scheduling a consultation from our Plano, TX dentist. Call 972-905-9266, or simply fill out our online appointment form. We look forward to renewing your smile!”