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Dentures offer several options for replacing teeth. Partial dentures work great when you still have some of your natural teeth and only need to fill in the gaps where teeth are missing, while full dentures can replace a full row of teeth. Several types of full and partial dentures are available at our office in Pasadena, TX. Dr. Kevin Gill, our knowledgeable dentist, can recommend the right dentures meet your needs.
Benefits of Dentures
Dentures offer multiple benefits beyond restoring your smile. By replacing lost teeth, dentures help address many of the unwanted side effects that occur when teeth are missing. For example, facial sagging can occur when there are not enough teeth to support the muscles of the face. The way you speak can also be affected when teeth are missing. Speech can be altered when the tongue slips into the gaps where there are no teeth.
Another problem that stems from having missing teeth is that the remaining teeth can become worn down more quickly. When your smile is incomplete, existing teeth have to compensate for missing ones. As the remaining teeth take on the additional biting and chewing functions that would have been performed by the missing ones, the existing teeth endure more strain, wear, and tear. Restoring your smile with dentures helps alleviate such side effects.
Types of Partial Dentures
Partial dentures are worn when only some of the teeth along an arch need to be replaced. Partial dentures fill in the gaps between the patient’s natural teeth. Two types of partial dentures are used:
- Transitional Partial Dentures: Worn temporarily, these dentures make it possible to enjoy a full smile while waiting for the gums to heal from tooth extraction.
- Removable Partial Dentures: These dentures are worn long term and replace transitional ones. They are also more comfortable as they are made from a lightweight material.
Types of Full Dentures
Full dentures, or complete dentures, are worn when all of the teeth along an arch are gone. Three types of full dentures are available. At our office in Pasadena, TX, the dentist can help you select the right type for your needs. Types of full dentures include:
- Immediate Full Dentures: Similar to transitional partial dentures, these dentures are worn temporarily while while the gums heal from extraction. These dentures allow patients to immediately experience the benefits of having full set of teeth while waiting for permanent dentures.
- Conventional Full Dentures: Worn long term and are custom made for each patient to achieve the best possible fit. Over time, these dentures eventually conform to the mouth and fit even better.
- Implant-Supported Overdentures: These dentures are also worn long term but are held in place by several dental implants, which give the dentures added stability.
Between the different types of partial and full dentures, you have several tooth replacement options. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Gill to discuss your denture options by calling our office in Pasadena, TX, at (713) 947-0293.
Modern dentures can restore your smile, comfortably and easily. Today’s denture materials also offer a natural look that you will be proud to show to the world. Dr. Kevin C. Gill in Pasadena, TX, offers a wide range of denture services to help you have a new smile.
Choosing a denture is an important decision and you need to know the facts. These are just a few frequently asked questions and answers about dentures:
What are some of the benefits of wearing a denture?
Wearing a denture restores your full chewing function, which aids your digestion and your overall health. You also get to enjoy eating the foods you love, without worrying about chewing ability. Dentures also help restore your self-esteem and self-confidence by giving you an outstanding smile. Your smile is often what people notice first about you, and the right denture can help your smile get noticed. You may also look younger wearing a denture because dentures can restore the youthful contours in your face, an important part of a younger-looking face.
What is a partial denture?
A partial denture is designed to replace one or several missing teeth, but not an entire arch of teeth. Partials can be made in a sturdy, permanent conventional type, or a transitional, temporary partial if you are planning on dental implants at a later date.
What is a full denture?
A full denture is designed to replace an entire arch of teeth, upper or lower. Full dentures can be made as an immediate denture, which is placed immediately after your teeth are removed, or a conventional denture which is made after you have healed completely, at around 6 to 8 weeks. If you choose an immediate denture, a conventional denture can be made for you later, after your tissue has healed.
What is an implant-supported denture?
An implant-supported denture, which is also known as an over denture, is snapped in place over dental implants. The implants provide a strong foundation for the denture, and can help maintain bone structure, bone density, and a firm jawline.
These are just a few frequently asked questions and answers about dentures. Get to know more about dentures by calling Dr. Kevin C. Gill in Pasadena, TX. Don’t make this important decision alone! Call today at (713) 947-0293!
Find out who could benefit from getting teeth whitening from their Pasadena, TX, dentist.
Everyone wants a vibrant smile. Of course, everything from the foods and drinks we consume to the natural aging process can all have an impact on the color of our teeth. If you find that your smile is looking a little yellow and less than radiant then before, our cosmetic dentist in Pasadena, TX, Dr. Kevin Gill can help you achieve a brighter smile with the help of professional teeth whitening.
Get Fast, Visible Results
One of the reasons professional whitening treatment is far more effective and produces faster results than over-the-counter methods has to do with the strength of professional whitening gel. Whitening gel contains an active ingredient, such as carbamide or hydrogen peroxide, that is used to break up stain molecules for a whiter smile. Over-the-counter whitening gels contain a much smaller percentage of the active ingredient than professional whitening gels. This means that you will have to apply commercial whitening treatment more regularly and leave it on teeth for a longer period of time before seeing results.
Leaving it to the Professionals
Whitening treatment is safe and does not damage or weaken tooth enamel; however, whitening gel does have the ability to irritate gum tissue or even cause tooth sensitivity if used improperly. This is one reason to turn to our Pasadena, TX, cosmetic dentist for treatment. If you already deal with teeth that are a bit more sensitive to cold or hot foods or drinks, over-the-counter whitening treatment can increase sensitivity. By talking to us ahead of time, we can create a customized whitening treatment plan that can reduce the risk of gum irritation or hypersensitivity.
Home Whitening vs. Office Whitening
You can receive professional whitening treatment no matter whether you want to kick back in our dental chair or whiten at home. While chairside cosmetic dentistry will provide you with results in about 45 minutes, our at-home system can also give you amazing results with 1-2 weeks. For at-home whitening, our dentist will take molds of your teeth from which custom whitening trays will be made. Custom trays ensure more even results.
Interested in Cosmetic Dentistry? Give Us a Call
Whether you have questions about getting professional whitening treatment, or you are ready to find out if you are an ideal candidate for whitening, don’t hesitate to call our dental practice today at (713) 947-0293 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gill.
Dental veneers can give you a new and improved smile in just two visits.
It's a sad fact of life, but over time, our teeth gradually become discolored, damaged, and just duller in general. If you have been feeling self-conscious about your smile, then it might be time to talk to our Pasadena, TX, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kevin Gill, about dental veneers. Often only taking two visits to complete, this simple cosmetic treatment could give you a beautiful smile for the long term!
How Dental Veneers Work
If you have a misshapen or discolored nail, you may decide to place an artificial nail over it to cover the imperfection. Veneers are the equivalent of an artificial nail for your teeth, however, they are far more durable and aesthetically pleasing. Custom-made for your smile, these thin porcelain shells are permanently bonded to the front of your teeth.
Veneers are designed to match the natural color of your teeth so no one will even notice that you have them. This is particularly important if you are only placing veneers on a couple of teeth. However, if you want to get a full set of veneers, then our Pasadena cosmetic dentist can provide you with lighter veneers to give you a brighter smile.
How Dental Veneers are Used
There are many reasons someone may turn to dental veneers to alter and enhance their appearance. After all, veneers can completely makeover a smile without the need for invasive treatment or surgery. In fact, the only thing that Dr. Gill will need to do before placing your veneers is remove a small amount of enamel from the front of your teeth in order to make room for the veneers, themselves.
Veneers can cover a myriad of cosmetic flaws, including teeth that are,
- Slightly crooked or misaligned
- Severely discolored
- Chipped or cracked
- Disfigured or malformed
Veneers can close gaps, make teeth appear longer, improve coloration, and straighten out the overall shape and symmetry of your smile.
Interested? Give Us a Call!
If you are interested in what dental veneers can do for you, then call our Pasadena, TX, dental office today at (713) 947-0293 to sit down with our cosmetic dentist for an evaluation. Let us give you the smile you deserve!
If you're considering tooth replacement with some kind of dentures, you're not alone. In his Pasadena, TX, office, Dr. Kevin Gill fits patients with the latest in dentures, improving oral function, facial contours, speech, and more.
It's no shame
People experience tooth loss. Perhaps it's through a motor vehicle accident or sports mishap. Maybe you've had extensive tooth decay and restorations, or gum disease loosened your teeth beyond repair. Whatever the case, dentures can help bring your smile back to life.
Types of dentures
Here are the types of dentures currently available through your Pasadena, TX, dentist. As part of your treatment plan, you and Dr. Gill, will discuss your oral health needs and how each type of denture may work for you. Additionally, he will outline how long it will take to get your appliance and how much it will cost.
Denture types include:
- Partial denture are made of lifelike acrylic, these pontic, or artificial teeth are mounted on light metal framework and are held in place securely by several clasps which grasp adjoining teeth. A partial denture fills one or more smile gaps and, as its name indicates, is appropriate for partial tooth loss.
- Full conventional dentures are fitted to the top or bottom arch or both. A full denture replaces an entire set of teeth when extensive decay, accident, or periodontal disease strike. Some people also opt for full dentures because of extreme dental sensitivity. These appliances stay in place with the natural suction provided by the oral tissues on the upper and lower jaws. Dr. Gill places them after extraction sites heal completely.
- Immediate dentures are full dentures placed right after the dentist removes teeth. They have the advantage of completing your smile right away and help speed healing. However, they often need replacement as bone and gums shrink over time.
- Implant dentures help fully edentulous patients regain normal chewing, biting, and speaking. They are the most stable denture option available and improve the density and size of supporting bone and gum tissue. While they are the most expensive option, implant dentures present an attractive option to people who wish to regain the most normal physical appearance and oral function possible.
Considering dentures? Let us help
Dr. Gill and his caring staff help people decide if and when to get dentures and how best to adjust to their new teeth. If you are tired of a failing smile, call our Pasadena, TX, office to arrange a consultation: (713) 947-0293.