While missing teeth and the struggles they cause may be part of your daily reality right now, it doesn’t have to stay this way. With dentures from Derby Dental in Austin, TX, you can start eating whatever you want again, smiling without worry, speaking clearly, and stop worrying about your oral health. Dr. Whitehouse and Dr. Kilkelly are eager to provide you with new teeth that fit so well, look so natural, and function so perfectly that you’ll feel confident no matter where life takes you.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dentures?
Basically anyone who is missing several or all of their teeth could benefit from getting a denture. While implant crowns and bridges are best for those who still have most of their teeth remaining, dentures are better suited to patients whose lives are greatly impacted by their lack of dentition. If you’ve ever had to think twice about what you eat, what you say, or when to smile because of multiple gaps, then a denture might just be the solution you need to solve all of these problems and more.
Types of Dentures
Tooth loss is different for every patient, so Derby Dental offers three distinct types of dentures so we can provide the ideal prosthetic for each individual. No matter which one you choose, our team will custom design it to your particular wants and needs.
A partial denture fits seamlessly in the spaces between natural teeth to complete the dental arch like the final piece of a puzzle. Lifelike prosthetic teeth are attached to a gum-colored base that is held in place using small clips that wrap around the nearby teeth, ensuring stability.
If a patient is missing an entire row of teeth, a full denture can bring it back instantly. This prosthetic sits on top of the gums and stays secure thanks to natural suction and maybe some denture adhesive. It can dramatically change a patient’s appearance for the better while also greatly increasing their bite force, making it easier to enjoy a wider variety of foods.
On the surface, an implant denture looks just like a traditional partial or full denture, but what makes it special lies below the gum line. Instead of sitting on top of the tissue, the prosthetic is anchored to the jawbone using four to six dental implants that act like new tooth roots.
This gives the teeth incredible strength and guarantees they won’t move a millimeter while the patient is chewing or speaking. The implants also prevent the jawbone from changing shape and shrinking over time.
The Benefits of Dentures
While a new denture will of course do wonders for your appearance, the benefits don’t stop there:
- More daily confidence
- Ability to eat more types of foods
- Better chewing means you get more vitamins from your diet, improving overall health
- Protects the gums from soreness and infections
- Aligns the jaw to prevent teeth grinding and joint pain
- Supports the cheeks and lips to minimize wrinkles
- Certain sounds and syllables will be easier to say