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.