Extensive tooth loss can make every aspect of your daily life a little more difficult. From eating all of your favorite foods to sharing a smile with a friend, dealing with the gaps in your smile is a struggle. Your dentist in Weatherford, Thomas J. Novack, DDS, is here to help you fully restore your smile. We offer a variety of advanced tooth replacement options, including partial and full dentures. Don’t struggle with an incomplete smile for even one more day. Instead, call Dr. Novack at his dental office in Weatherford to schedule your tooth replacement consultation. Our dentist and team will review your tooth replacement options and help you to find the best treatment to recreate your lost tooth structures and put the smile back on your face.
Partial dentures are used to fill in gaps in the smile following the loss of several consecutive and/or nonconsecutive missing teeth. Sometimes simply referred to as partials, these tooth replacement prosthetics fit into the smile snapping in place like a puzzle piece. Partials use a gum-colored base to support all of the replacement teeth within the same restoration. Then, the partial denture is anchored in place by clasps that connect to surrounding healthy teeth.
Like partials, these tooth replacement prosthetics are crafted using a gum-colored base material to support all of the replacement teeth. Because there aren’t remaining teeth to provide support for the denture, we need to craft the base to sit against the gums, which creates suction that holds your denture in place. Some patients also use a small amount of denture adhesive to improve the stability of their denture.
Most people start to get used to the way their dentures look and feel after just a few days or a week, but other patients really struggle to adjust. If you’re having trouble with your new denture, keep the following tips in mind:
If you want to explore a denture option that offers improved stability and longevity, you may want to ask about dental implant supported tooth replacement options. Dental implant posts are inserted into the gum line where they mimic the lost tooth roots, supporting your partial or full denture just like the healthy root structure would. Traditional bridges can replace about 20% of your chewing function, but an implant-retained denture returns 70% or more, allowing you to eat a wider range of foods. Implant dentures also have a 90% or greater success rate after 20 years compared with traditional dentures that need to be replaced very ten years on average.